Professional of the Year Award


Introduced in 2013 this award recognises the qualities of a successful woman in a profession who makes a significant individual contribution to support her organisation to deliver superior performance.

“Last year my Board nominated me for the ASB Professional of the Year Award (2018) – the first I knew about the nomination was when I received a telephone call inviting me for interview as one of the shortlisted finalists!  Winning this National Award has been an amazing, affirming and humbling experience as there are so many talented business women across Scotland.

"The Award has helped to positively raise the profile of Rossie, my organisation,  and independently validate my leadership style, which is one of staff inclusivity. My staff are standing a little taller, smiling a little brighter, and have great pride in this achievement as the success links directly back to them and their excellent work. The Award also increases key stakeholder confidence in my leadership, resulting in greater opportunities for partnership working.

"On a personal level, if I am having a bad day and need a little “pick me up” it is nice to hold the trophy and remind myself that I am doing okay"

Mary Geaney MPA MSc BSocSc CQSW Chief Executive Officer, Rossie : Winner of Professional of the Year 2018




This award is made to an individual, rather than to an organisation.

If you won the Professional of the Year Award last year, then you are not eligible to enter this category, this year.​

Entry is free for affiliate members and ASB direct members, and costs £50 per entry for non-members.

Application process

The application should be submitted via the ASB website (see Awards Home Page for full application process).

Applications MUST be accompanied by two endorsements/references (i.e. testimonial statement or letter)​.

Applications MUST include a photo of the applicant, suitable for use in the event the applicant is shortlisted as a finalist. 

Upload files must not exceed 1MB.

Criteria assessed (500 words max per criterion.)

  • Individual contribution/initiative
  • Contribution to the company
  • Customer Focus
  • Ability to Deal with their Customers and the Public
  • Courtesy and conduct with colleagues and supervisors
  • Leadership
  • Problem Solving Skills
  • Organisational skills

Make Your Application

  • Please read the Awards Application Guide in full before starting your application.
  • Open date for entries is 9am on Tuesday 30th April, 2019
  • Closing date for entries is Midnight on Sunday 30th June
  • Only online applications will be accepted.
  • Applicants are requested to upload a photo (individual or team) appropriate to the award applied for. This will only be used if selected as a finalist.
  • The shortlisted finalists will be asked to attend an interview with the judging panel, in Haymarket, Edinburgh, during the w/c Monday 22nd July, 2019.
  • Finalists are required to attend the Awards Dinner on Saturday 14th September, The Corn Exchange, Edinburgh.
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Online Awards Applications are closed.