Anne Donaghy was appointed Chief Executive of the newly formed Mid & East Antrim Borough Council in 2015, having been Chief Executive of the former Ballymena Borough Council since 2009.
With over 15 years’ experience in leadership roles in local government, Anne leads the strategic direction of the Council, working closely with elected members to ensure the highly efficient and effective running of council business.
Since its formation in 2015 following local government reform in Northern Ireland, Mid & East Antrim Borough Council has won numerous awards and has consistently led the way in Northern Ireland for its delivery of services – including planning, recycling, the protection and enhancement of the natural environment, and a wide range of other frontline provisions.
Anne is passionate and ambitious about growing the economy in the Borough and wider Northern Ireland, with planning processes prioritised as a key factor in attracting inward investment and business development. She is a key figure and Board member of The Gallaher Trust – a charitable fund to support job creation and skills development in Mid & East Antrim.
Anne sits on a number of regional and UK steering bodies and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Institute of Public Health and the Institute of Directors (IoD). She was appointed the first female Chair of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE) in 2016-2017 and is the lead on disability strategy. She is also a mentor on the Chief Executives’ Forum in Northern Ireland.
As the mother of a child with special needs, Anne is a strong advocate and campaigner for children and adults living with disability and/or complex needs in Northern Ireland. She is a Governor at Castle Tower School in Ballymena and is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Niamh Louise Foundation, a charity which provides prevention, intervention and postvention services to anyone affected by mental illness, self-harm and/or suicide.