A DROMORE woman has seen off worldwide competition to be named the Grafton Recruitment Agency's Employee of the Year.

Gail Prue won the title ahead of more than 750 recruitment professionals, based in 76 offices spread across 19 countries throughout the world.

Manager of the Grafton Financial Division in Belfast, Gail was recognised for her professionalism by her colleagues within the Grafton global network.

She was singled out not only for the quality of service delivered to candidates and clients alike, but for "consistently going above and beyond the call of duty or responsibility".

Gail picked up her award from Lynda Bryans at the recent Grafton Global Awards Ceremony.

"I'm absolutely delighted to have won such a prestigious title," she said afterwards. "When you consider Grafton is continuing to thrive and grow internationally, with close to 80 offices worldwide, stretching from Santiago in the east to Singapore in the west, winning such a title against the leading talent in recruitment fills me with great pride.

"I've no doubt that the sheer commitment to quality from my colleagues within the Financial Division of Grafton was a significant factor in the winning of this personal achievement as our work has always been and remains a team effort."

Gail's has been a rapid rise through the Grafton ranks, she having joined the organisation as Banking Manager in September 2006.

She excelled in the role and was promoted to her current post, in which she works daily to co-ordinate recruitment campaigns for some of the country's leading banks and accountancy firms.

She hopes her award will bring even greater success to the financial team.

"With such a resounding vote of confidence from those at the top of our business," she said, "I am hoping further financial candidates and clients will avail of our award-winning service."

Grafton having already claimed 'Agency of the Year' titles at both the Workplace Employment Awards for Northern Ireland and the inaugural National Recruitment Awards in the Republic of Ireland, it's been as much a successful year for the organisation itself as for its Employee of the Year.