Head of Connect Derby shortlisted for regional leadership award

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Ann Bhatti, head of Connect Derby, has been shortlisted for the Public & Third Sector Award at the East Midlands Leadership Awards 2020.

Ann has been recognised for her strong and innovate leadership skills which has helped to establish Connect Derby as Derby’s leading managed workspace provider, creating more than 500 jobs and bringing huge economic benefits to the city.

The East Midlands Leadership Awards, which are organised by Business Desk magazine, showcase the very best leaders and organisations across the region.

They celebrate the people that are role models within their organisations and raise the bar for their competitors. The winners will show the qualities of extraordinary leadership and be able to demonstrate the positive impact this has had.

The shortlisted individuals represent those people who have made a difference through a real desire to make things better.

Commenting on the award nomination, Ann said:

“It’s been an exceedingly difficult year for so many businesses due to the coronavirus pandemic and the Connect Derby team and I have been working very hard to support the 170 plus tenants across our seven buildings.

“It is great to be shortlisted for the Public & Third Sector Award at the East Midlands Leadership Awards, I feel extremely fortunate to have been nominated alongside some incredible leaders from our sector.”

Sam Metcalf, editor of The Business Desk, added:

“Great leaders change their organisations and they can also change their sectors and regions too.

“But what we understand as great leadership has changed. There is now a much greater demand on leaders to be accessible and visible, and there is a much broader range of leadership styles.

“The East Midlands Leadership Awards will showcase those individuals whose leadership is having a significant impact and delivering fantastic outcomes.

“Impact can be measured in a number of ways, including improving financial performance, organisational culture or external reputation, overcoming adversity and challenges or by enabling other people succeed.”

The winners of the 12 categories will be announced at an awards lunch taking place at the Crowne Plaza in Nottingham on Thursday 5 November.

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