Local educator receives top title

May 27, 2013

Belleek lady Fiona Bradley has been crowned “Educator of the Year” at the recent Institute of Hospitality Janus Awards, which took place at the Culloden Hotel.

Thirty four year old Fiona has been Deputy Head of the Southern Regional College for Hospitality and Tourism for the last five years and is a former pupil of the college, where she gained a GNVQ and HND in Travel and Touriism.  After completing her degree at Luton University, she then undertook a Masters in Rural Development and Project Management at the University of Ulster specialising in rural tourism.

The local woman beat three other nominees to win the coveted accolade, after being nominated by her line manager at the Southern Regional College, Evelyn McBurney.

Fiona described her subsequent interview to present her case as “daunting” and admits that, although it was great to make the final, she never expected to win.

“I was absolutely delighted,” she said.  “It’s a great honour and achievement, especially considering I was a student in this college.  I finished as a student here in 1999 and to get this award now is just great.”

Fiona insists that the credit for the award needs to be shared among colleagues and staff at Southern Regional College.

“I work with a great team of people and staff and it’s really good to be part of it.” Having now moved to the Portadown campus Fiona hopes to replicate the success of the Newry campus in Portadown.