Macra na Feirme ABP Leaders of the Year Awards 2017/2018

Applications are now closed for the 2018 Macra na Feirme/ABP Leaders of the Year Awards (formerly the LDAs). 

Applicants will be invited for interview in June/July. The results of the Leaders of the Year programme will be announced at county officer Training in September. Your attendance at county officer training in the past 2 years is included in the marking scheme, but does not exclude entry. 

Eligibility Criteria:

Those nominated or applying must be county officers elected in one of the following positions:

  • Chair
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • PRO
  • YFDG
  • Development
  • Sports, Social & Travel
  • Competitions
  • National Council Rep
  • Rural Youth Officer
  1.  Any member of Macra na Feirme can nominate a County Officer for an award.
  2.  Leaders can either be nominated or apply directly themselves. If one is nominated, they will be informed of their nomination and invited to complete a full application.
  3. A short listing process may apply to cater for an expected increase in applications.
  4. Those that progress (up to a maximum of 60 participants), will be interviewed by a panel which includes the President during June/July.

There are two categories of winner from this pool of participants, namely:

  • County Leadership Award Winner
  • Winner/recipient of a President’s County Leadership Medal.

Unsuccessful candidates at this point will receive written feedback and recommendations for improvement. 

All winners of a County Leadership Award are eligible to win a Presidents County Leadership Medal, of which there will be a maximum of 20 winners in total. These 20 winners progress to the National Leadership Semi - Finals using the existing format, of which six progress to the final interview and three win an overall National Leadership Award.

Dates to Note:
Closing Date for applications and nominations: 19th May 2018

Interviews: 16th and 30th June 2018 and 14th July 2018

President Medal: 8th September 2018

National Leadership Semi Final: 16th October 2018

National Leadership Awards Final: Tuesday 27th November 2018

Marking Scheme for Application Form:

Planning and Organising 15 marks
Problem Solving/Judgement 15 marks
Teamwork 15 marks
Developing Others 15 marks
Leadership in setting or achieving and objective 15 marks
Personal Plan 25 marks
Total  100 marks


Marking Scheme for Interview Stage:

Planning and Organising 12 marks
Problem Solving/Judgement 12 marks
Teamwork 12 marks
Developing Others 12 marks
Leadership in setting or achieving an objective 12 marks
Personal Plan 20 marks
Demonstration of ability to fulfil leader of the year role 15 marks
Presentation/Communication at interview 5 marks
Total 100 marks


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