Ann Bhatti once again named one of Derby and Derbyshire's most inspirational business leaders
We’re delighted to announce that head of Connect Derby Ann Bhatti has once again been named as one of Derby and Derbyshire’s most inspirational business leaders in The Derby Telegraph’s annual Inspirational 250 listings - a celebration of business talent which recognises 250 outstanding individuals for their contribution to the economic prosperity of the region.
Ann has been recognised for the fourth consecutive year for the key role she has played in the development of the Connect Derby scheme, which supports and nurtures the growth of small and medium enterprises.
As well as overseeing the seven Connect Derby managed workspace schemes, Ann’s work includes providing strategic direction, policy and quality assurance.
This year, Ann was instrumental in ensuring that Connect Derby became the first city council service to be awarded the ISO 9001 quality management accreditation - an internationally-recognised standard given for consistently providing products and services that meet the needs of customers and stakeholders.
Ann joined Derby City Council in 2001 and initially took on the development of Friar Gate Studios as a managed workspace for the creative industries.
Now she works on a range of projects and has overall responsibility for Connect Derby's seven managed workspace buildings - Friar Gate Studios, Marble Hall, Riverside Chambers, Sadler Bridge Studios, Kings Chambers, Shot Tower and the iHub – whilst working alongside Derby City Council to feed into the overall regeneration.
Ann is a graduate of the University of Derby and is currently studying for her Masters Degree in Strategic Management.
Commenting on her inclusion in this year’s Inspirational 250 listing, Ann said:
“I’m delighted to have been recognised as one of the region’s leading business figures for the fourth consecutive year. It’s a real honour and a privilege. I’m particularly proud to be representing Asian women and it’s great to see more women in general featured in the listing this year.
“The Inspirational 250 list is a great way to see all of the innovative business people who are making a day-to-day impact on our fantastic city and the surrounding region.”
To see the full Inspirational 250 list for 2018, visit:
Head of Connect Derby