The Ulster Bank Prize - awarded to the ‘Outstanding Student in Strategy’ from the University of Ulster’s MSc in Management and Corporate Governance - was presented to Cheryl following her graduation from the course in December 2015. She attained a Pass with Distinction from the MSc course as well as Graduate Level ICSA status.
Cheryl received her award at the 81st annual Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators black tie dinner held in Belfast. The event was also attended by ICSA President for the UK, Republic of Ireland and Associated Territories, Frank Curtiss, and ICSA Chief Executive Officer, Simon Osborne.
Now working as part of Heritage’s Belfast team, Cheryl explains what first inspired her to pursue a career in corporate governance: "After completing my law degree I fell into the same trap as many graduates, working full time for the company where I had held a part time role while at university. I was lucky enough to become a District Operational Support Manager during this time but while the job was enjoyable, I wanted a new challenge.
"The University of Ulster’s MSC in Management and Corporate Governance was the perfect complement to my legal background and management experience, although I was also concerned that I may have left it too late to embark on a career change. However Heritage were open to applicants with diverse backgrounds and, having started work in the Belfast office Company Secretarial Department in November of last year I have not looked back."