Top business award for trail blazing Janet

Janet McCollum of Moy Park receives the Women in Business NI Outstanding Business Woman of the Year Award for 2014 from Jeremy Fitch of Invest Northern Ireland and Roseann Kelly of Women in Business NI.
Janet McCollum of Moy Park receives the Women in Business NI Outstanding Business Woman of the Year Award for 2014 from Jeremy Fitch of Invest Northern Ireland and Roseann Kelly of Women in Business NI.

Waringstown businesswoman Janet McCollum has won a top business award for her trailblazing work as CEO of Moy Park.

As chief executive of Northern Ireland’s largest company, Janet has had a number of senior roles during the last 20 years, including being its finance director, and has been pivotal in helping it evolve into a major force in the UK and European food industry.

Janet said: “I am absolutely thrilled and delighted to win this award. We have so many wonderful women in business right across Northern Ireland contributing to the Northern Ireland economy and I’m so greatly honoured to receive this recognition. To win this award is truly a great accolade to the Moy Park team, to such great people right across our company with such passion and energy who continually go above and beyond to ensure Moy Park is the successful and growing business it is today. Thank you so much, I’m absolutely overwhelmed.”

Chief Executive of Women in Business NI Roseann Kelly, said: “Janet is a genuine trail-blazer in a globally-interfacing company, she is a leader who has truly demonstrated the world-beating quality of women entrepreneurs in Northern Ireland.”

She continued: “With so many women at the top of their business game across a variety of industries, recognising Janet McCollum of Moy Park as this year’s Outstanding Business Woman was not a decision we took lightly. Janet is an outstanding business woman in every sense of the word.”

This year’s finalists were invited to the annual Women in Business NI Retreat where they had the opportunity to build sustainable business connections with like minded women.