Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) Chairperson, Carmel McKinney OBE, has won a UK ‘Champion for Women’ Award in the Rising Star Awards 2019. Carmel received the accolade in recognition of her work as a senior leader in actively supporting and nurturing female talent.

The UK wide Awards, sponsored by the Times and the Sunday Times, celebrate and recognise female contributors that represent the leaders and role models of tomorrow. Carmel is the only female from Northern Ireland to win and was one of 5 winners in the Rising Star ‘Champions’ category.


NIFRS Chairperson Carmel McKinney OBE said:

“As Chairperson of NIFRS, I am extremely passionate about mentoring, promoting and supporting women in the workplace and this award is very special in that regard. To be the only female winner from Northern Ireland is a great honour alongside so many remarkable women.

“Every day I encounter exceptional up and coming female talent. It’s great to see women supporting women in the workplace and learning from each other. As senior leaders we play an important role in nurturing and empowering those women who will become the leaders of the future and I am humbled by this recognition.”


Sponsored by the Times and The Sunday Times, Luxury Content Director, Lorraine Candy said:

“Supporting women in the workplace remains important to our readers, as well as an important strand of the journalism we create. We believe these awards help shine a spotlight on the tremendous work being achieved in the female pipeline.”



Vanessa Vallely OBE, Managing Director, WeAreTheCity, said:

“I am so proud that for the fifth year running ‘WeAreTheCity’ has been able to shine a light on the achievements of so many remarkable women across the UK. Our 2019 winners join a ‘phenomenal alumni’ of 450 previous winners who continue to soar, both professionally and personally. It has been a truly amazing evening and I am ecstatic to welcome our 2019 winners to the ‘WeAreTheCity’ family.”

The winners were announced for the 2019 ‘WeAreTheCity’ Rising Star Awards and took place at a ceremony in the Landmark Hotel, London on, 3rd July.