Prestigious business award for Jackie

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THE DEPUTE principal of Angus College, Jackie Howie, is the winner of the 2013 Dundee and Angus Women Ahead Award for Outstanding Contribution to a Business.

The presentation ceremony, attended by 270 delegates, took place at the Apex Hotel, Dundee, last Saturday.

Jackie left school at 16 to work as a secretary for Tayside Region Council education department. She progressed through various promotions to attain the post of depute principal of Angus College and secretary to the board of governors.

Currently Jackie has responsibility for college finance, IT systems, estates, health and safety, admissions, student funding, marketing and external contracts, as well as providing invaluable governance advice to both the principal and the chair of the college board.

Angus College is recognised across Scotland as a leading learning centre with robust financial health and excellent administrative and governance practices - all a tribute to the leadership, business acumen and tenacity of the depute principal.

Currently Jackie is also playing a key role in the merger of Angus and Dundee Colleges to form a new super-college for the region with about 30,000 students. Her experience, knowledge and advice are proving invaluable to the merger partnership board, the project management team and the joint merger executive group.

Principal John Burt commented: “I have worked closely with Jackie Howie and have admired greatly her people skills and her work attitude which is definitely of ‘the roll the sleeves up and get on with it’ approach.

“There have been times when I have seen Jackie mopping up floodwater with the cleaners and salting icy pathways with the caretakers. Jackie Howie is an inspiration (and legend) to many other women in both our college and the sector and she is proof that hard work, being true to yourself, direct communication and empathy make for a successful career and successful business.”