Certitude’s CEO, Aisling Duffy, was surprised at the National Learning Disability and Autism Awards with a special Lifetime Achievement Award recognising a career that spans over 30 years.
Asked if she had any highlights, Aisling said
“I’ve learnt so much from people with learning disabilities who’ve made such a difference to my life… We’ve still a long way to go…this lifetime ain’t over folks!”
Aisling is consistently cited by colleagues as an inspiring, motivating leader. Her career began as a support worker, supporting people with profound and multiple learning disabilities. She first established a group where people with learning disabilities co-produced and informed how an organisation works in the 1990s, setting her leadership style as a CEO.
Alongside someone we support, Aisling meets every new colleague at Certitude, inspiring people to put the organisation’s values into action. Aisling sets the standard of every voice mattering, ensuring organisational strategies are co-developed.
Aisling’s influence also extends beyond Certitude. Through her role on the Boards of VODG and NDTi, Aisling works to improve support for people with learning disabilities nationally, ensuring their voices are heard, respected and, crucially, acted upon.
Congratulations to all of the winners and the nominees at this year’s event.
Full details of the categories and winners can be found here.