The News Business Excellence Awards: Lifetime Achievement

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SHE has enjoyed a lengthy career in the media and is an ambassador for economic growth in Portsmouth.

Former Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Cheryl Buggy has now been recognised for her sterling contribution to society.

Cheryl Buggy, recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award with Mark Waldron, Editor of the News, left, and Brian Johnson of BAE Systems. Picture: Mick Young (150095-42)

Cheryl Buggy, recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award with Mark Waldron, Editor of the News, left, and Brian Johnson of BAE Systems. Picture: Mick Young (150095-42)

And the Express FM founder says it drives her even more to keep up her work.

But Cheryl admits she was ‘taken by surprise’ that she was the one to win a lifetime achievement award.

‘I am not often taken by surprise but this was a bit unexpected,’ she said.

‘When I was invited along to the awards evening, I thought the nominations were really good.

‘Then when things started to be said about the winner, I realised that sounded like someone was talking about me.

‘It took a while to twig, and then my jaw just dropped.’

‘So it’s lovely to get this award.

‘You mean to do things in life because they mean something to you, regardless of what others think – that must be the most important thing.’

Cheryl left teaching to pursue a career in radio and went on to become involved in politics.

During her political career she has been a city councillor, served as Portsmouth’s Lord Mayor and also been a Gosport borough councillor.

Cheryl has also written programmes and books on the subject of emotional intelligence, employability and life skills, leadership and memory techniques for people of all ages and abilities.

She is now part of Shaping the Future of Portsmouth, an affiliation of business people who have come together to offer their time to help support the ambitions and aspirations of the city.

‘Shaping is in good shape and there is a lot of work to be done,’ Cheryl said.

‘There is a lot of excitement around the America’s Cup.’