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UK Gala Ceremony - The 2007 Winners Unveiled

Awards reward fifty-five fine examples of training


This year’s 55 National Training Award winners have been celebrated at a gala ceremony at London’s Royal Lancaster Hotel.

Sports presenter Sue Barker presented the winners, who came from across the UK, with their National Training Award trophies at the ceremony on 13 December.  The winners included:

  • Ernst & Young with Swan HR Solutions and MJC Associates for workshops that help trainees develop skills by helping charities solve real-life business issues
  • Bentley Motors for creating a new generation of managers through its own training academy
  • Train operator Southern for a coaching programme to transform its leadership style and organisational culture
  • The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich for transforming the role of its gallery assistants

Liz Chandler from Merseytravel was also awarded the Linda Ammon Award for an individual who has shown great dedication in providing opportunities for individuals as they seek to develop their careers and make their contribution to society.

Sue Barker said:  “I’d like to congratulate each National Training Award winner on their success.  Anyone can train, just as in sport, but the only way you are going to reap the rewards is if you're committed to developing new skills and putting them into practice. The winners have done just that and can feel very proud of what they have achieved.”

The National Training Awards celebrate organisations and individuals that achieve outstanding success through training.  They are run on behalf of the Department for Innovation Universities and Skills by UK Skills, a not-for-profit organisation championing vocational skills and learning for work.

Parliamentary Undersecretary for Skills, David Lammy MP, said: “Our economy and our workforce will see huge changes in the coming decades.  Skills are the key to meeting ambitions for people, businesses and the nation as a whole.  Training is the key to unlocking the skills potential of our greatest resource – our people.  I applaud these employers for making training their priority, and urge more of our companies to follow their example.”

UK Skills Chief Executive Simon Bartley said:  “My congratulations to this year’s winners.  Their success stories demonstrate how targeted training transforms companies, careers and communities.

“They join numerous businesses, individuals and organisations which have won National Training Awards over the past 21 years. As the awards ‘come of age’, skills are very firmly on the government’s agenda as it seeks to make the UK world class in skills by 2020.  I see the awards supporting this goal by continuing to celebrate and promote those who reap the rewards of investing in well-planned training.”

For more information about the National Training Awards visit www.nationaltrainingawards.com.

Notes to Editors:

  • The National Training Awards are awarded to those who have achieved lasting success through exceptionally effective training. Anyone or any organisation that has benefited from training can enter the awards.  This year there were 187 finalists.
  • The National Training Awards operates throughout the UK. UK Skills manages the awards on behalf of the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills, and organises the awards in England. In the devolved nations the awards are:
    • managed in Northern Ireland by the Department for Employment and Learning
    • supported by the Scottish Executive and promoted in partnership with Scottish Enterprise and Highlands & Islands Enterprise
    • organised by The Welsh Assembly Government in partnership with UK Skills on behalf of DIUS.
  • UK Skills is a not-for-profit organisation which champions vocational skills and learning for work through awards and competitions.  It is committed to training and development, and has signed the government’s Skills Pledge.
  • The awards are sponsored by City & Guilds, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and the Learning and Skills Council.  They are supported by Investors in People.


Winners’ Contact Details

East of England
Dorothy Spry, St Albans, phone 01727 833 439 or 07894 20 42 42

Kier Building Maintenance, Harlow
Contact:  Dan Green, Business Development Coordinator, phone 01279 446 608 or 07968 171 182

May Gurney, Norwich
in partnership with TIPS for Good Management, Dereham
May Gurney:  Andrew Slater, Director of Marketing and Communications, phone 01603 727385
TIPS:  Julian Hammond, Principal, phone 01362 699392 or 07889 751528
Entry title: 

East Midlands
Ashfield School, Kirkby-in-Ashfield
Contact:  Alan Evans, Personal Achievement Manager, phone 01623 455 000

Derby City Council Corporate and Adult Social Services, Derby
in partnership with Handling Movement and Ergonomics Ltd (HME), Ilkeston
Derby City Council:  Theresa Knight, PR Manager, phone 01332 256207
HME:  Keith Rodgers, Company Secretary, phone 01159 447010 or 07793 919756

Jaysons Pharmacy, Long Eaton
Contact:  Sandhya (Sandy) Lakhani, Practice Manager, phone 0115 9730353
Entry title: 

Office Depot, Leicester
Contact:  Michelle Kerschoff, Communications Manager, phone 0870 4032886

Greater London
Andrew Ramroop, W1, phone 0207 734 0824 or 07947 692478

Aramark Ltd, SW1
Contact:  Hannah Martin, UK Communications Manager, phone 020 7963 0000

Boxwood Ltd, EC4
in partnership with Marks and Spencer plc, W2
Boxwood Ltd:  Claire Webster, Sales and Marketing Manager, phone 0113 2515771 or 07702 911326
Marks and Spencer plc:  Daniel Pearce, PR Manager, phone 0208 7184344

Christine Borsah, E17, Walthamstow, phone 0208 520 9885 or 07985 145697

Institute of Practitioners in Advertising, SW1
Contact:  Danielle Davies, PR Manager, phone 020 7201 8261 or 07808 765 042

Jacqueline Adusei, Greenford, Middlesex, phone 0208 5759168 or 07903 887537

The National Maritime Museum, SE10
Contact:  Sheryl Twigg, Press and PR Manager, phone 020 8312 6790

National Savings and Investments (NS&I), W14
in partnership with Blue Sky Performance Improvement, Guildford, and Siemens IT Solutions and Services Ltd, Glasgow
NS&I:  Mark Brooks, Head of Media Relations, phone 020 7348 9200
Blue Sky:  Briege Kearney, Marketing & Client Services Director, phone 01483 739400
Siemens:  Anne Marie Couper, Transaction Operations Delivery Head, phone 07808 825915

Southern, Croydon, Surrey
in partnership with Buonacorsi Consulting, Petersfield
Southern:  Chris Hudson, Media Relations Manager, phone 020 89298673
Buonacorsi Consulting:  Gill How, Director, phone 01730 266300 or 07979 344609

North East
AMEC Group Limited - Industrial Division, Darlington
Contact:  Dave Atkinson, Marketing Manager, phone 01325 744449

City Service, Newcastle City Council, Newcastle upon Tyne
Contact:  Joanne Moss, Communications Officer, phone 0191 2328520 ext 276

Keith Copeland, Sunderland, phone 0787 196 8894

North West
Amelia Shemilt, Audlem (near Crewe), phone 01270 811659 or 07968 592798

The Bank of New York Mellon, Manchester
Contact:  James Lloyd-Davies, Account Director, phone 0161 606 0266 or 07782 135 828

Bentley Motors Ltd, Crewe
Contact:  Lisa Palmer, Corporate PR Co-ordinator, phone 01270 535344

M&S Money, Chester
in partnership with Kaisen Consulting, Bristol
M&S Money:  Liz Neild, Media Relations Manager, phone 01244 686068 or 07831 560166
Kaisen:  Robert Myatt, Client Director, phone 0117 9255533 or 07973 421362

Merseytravel, Liverpool
Contact:  Gary Jenkins, Head of Media and Public Relations, phone 0151 330 1151 or 07921 493927

North Trafford College, Stretford
in partnership with Balfour Beatty Utilities Ltd, Worsley
North Trafford College:  Terry Charnock, Section Manager Gas and Plumbing, phone 0161 8867091
Balfour Beatty Utilities Ltd:  Jane Shepherd, PR, phone 0114 2329700

South East
ADR Consulting Ltd, Wallingford
in partnership with NG Bailey, Bradford
ADR Consulting:  Charlotte Reed, Marketing Manager, phone 01491 825666
NG Bailey:  Jamie Turner, Marketing Executive, phone 01943 601 933

Cordie Ltd, Lymington
in partnership with Rok Plc, Crawley
Cordie Ltd:  Andrea Reynolds, Managing Director, phone 01590 676787 or 07743 893333
Rok Plc:  Vicky Banham, phone 07795 288002

EDF Energy, Hove
in partnership with Blue Sky Performance Improvement, Shalford
EDF Energy:  Richard Robinson, Press Officer, phone 020 7752 2266
Blue Sky Consulting:  Saadia Field, Events and Press Manager, phone 01483 739400

South West
First Group Plc UK Bus Division, Weston-Super-Mare
in partnership with Topaz Consulting Group, Woodburn Green (Buckinghamshire)
First Group Plc:  Niall Dowds, Group Public Relations Manager, phone 01224 650011 or 07860 936671
Topaz Consulting Group:  Helen Cope, Director, phone 01628 528400 or 07889 274811

Somerfield Stores Limited, Bristol
Contact:  Pete Williams, Press and PR Manager, phone 0117 935 7281

Swan HR Solutions Limited, Bristol
in partnership with Ernst & Young, London, and MJC Associates, London
Swan HR Solutions:  Nicki Swan, HR Consultant, phone 01275 813831 or 07771 776069
Ernst & Young:  Claire Holloway, Manager - Personal Excellence, phone 020 7951 8695
MJC Associates:  Martin Codrington, Management Consultant, phone 020 8248 7405

Upper Cut Training, Weston-Super-Mare
Contact:  Carol Burrows, Director, phone 01934 612029 or 07789 012446

West Midlands
Choices Housing Association Limited, Newcastle under Lyme
Contact:  Gill Juggins, Director of Human Resources, phone 01782 254000

Denise Hannibal, Dudley, phone 01384 360344 or 07771 912949

Drug Solutions Birmingham, Birmingham
Contact:  Louise Gillard-Owen, Workforce Development Manager (Trainee Scheme), phone 0121 233 7400

Land Rover, Solihull
Contact:  Don Hume, Director of Public Affairs, phone 02476 203321

Sunfield, Clent
Contact:  Elizabeth Wood, Marketing Manager, phone 01562 882253

TNT Express Services UK and Ireland, Atherstone
Contact:  David John Walker, Head of Communication, phone 01827 303030 or 07786 173761

Yorkshire and the Humber
Anne Brammer, Barnsley
Contact:  Kathryn Crookenden, UK Skills, phone 020 7612 9261

CragRats Ltd, Holmfirth
in partnership with Rok Plc, Manchester
Contact:  Laura Pegg, Head Of Marketing, phone 01484 686451
Rok:  Dave Thompson, Health and Safety and Environment Manager, phone 0161 8771411 or 0161 8771412

Pride of Bridlington, Bridlington
Contact:  Tracey Poskitt, Owner/Manager, phone 01262 601971

Northern Ireland
Contact for all winners:  Gareth Bannon, Department for Employment and Learning, phone 028 9025 7872

Contact for all winners:  Ross Barker, The Big Partnership, phone 0141 333 9585 or 07963 349762

Contact for all winners:  Press Office, Welsh Assembly Government, phone: 029 20 89 8556

BTSR Sector Winner
Contact:  Guy Phillips, Controller of News - ING Projects and Events, phone 084488 19354


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