Lynn Carson Receives Outstanding CIPD NI Award

Not only did DMS reach its '21 years in business' milestone in October 2020, the Managing Director, Lynn Carson also received the CIPD Northern Ireland’s Outstanding Contribution in the Field of People Development Award 2020.

Chief Executive of CIPD, Peter Cheese, announced Lynn’s special Award: “this is an award that we give each year for individuals who most demonstrate real excellence in what we do, impact, but also acting as ambassadors for our profession at large.”

Peter recognised Lynn’s accomplishments as not only MD of DMS Ireland where she led the development of so many HR professionals over 21 years (over 3000), but also her roles with the NI branch over the last 11 years, the last 4 of which were as Chair before stepping down recently.

These accomplishments, Peter continued: “really well reflect why we believe she is a very deserving recipient of the outstanding contribution award.  She reaches beyond our profession, acting as an ambassador for our profession within Northern Ireland and beyond."

Peter acknowledged Lynn as a fantastic colleague, friend and mentor to so many and that since his time as Chief Executive at CIPD, she has demonstrated “fantastic attributes of professionalism, real competence and excellence.” 

Receiving her Award at the CIPD Northern Ireland Virtual Awards, from host, Pamela Ballantine, Lynn Carson explained: “In my day job at DMS Ireland and in my previous role as Chair of CIPD NI Branch, I was used to presenting awards to individuals.   I genuinely love what I do on a day-to-day basis.  Working with those in the People Profession and helping them progress in their career, through the CIPD Qualifications and coaching, gives me so much pleasure and pride to see the difference and impact they make not only to their organisations but also to themselves.  I have a passion for learning and through this I love to see the opportunities there are to learn, improve and innovate and for me to hopefully inspire others to promote a learning culture."

DMS Ireland has worked with over 3000 individuals to gain professional qualifications and recognition in the field of Human Resources and Learning & Development since its inception in October 1999.  Based in Bangor, DMS also works throughout Ireland (North and South), the UK mainland.  As a centre, the team have adapted quickly and robustly to the changing environment that the global pandemic has brought, continuing throughout to provide flexibility and choice to individuals and organisations and meeting the unique challenges around us.   DMS is a leading supplier of CIPD Qualifications to the Irish Civil Service, the Driver & Vehicle Licencing Agency (UK, Swansea-based) and the Department for Transport (UK, Swansea-based) and is currently working with over 350 individuals on CIPD Qualifications at levels 3, 5 and 7 (comparable to 5, 7 and 9 in Ireland) throughout all sectors.

The CIPD have introduced for 2021 new changes to the CIPD Qualification structure with 5 new qualifications:  Foundation Certificate in People Practice, Associate Diploma in People Management, Associate Diploma in Organisational Learning & Development, Advanced Diploma in Strategic People Management and the Advanced Diploma in Strategic Learning & Development.  DMS Ireland will be offering the new qualifications (pending CIPD approval) from March 2021.

Lynn Carson added: “The new qualifications are based on the CIPD new Profession Map, launched in 2018.  We are excited to soon be offering the new qualifications; beginning a new chapter at DMS Ireland.”

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