The inaugural Associations Awards UK, which took place during the recent Associations Congress, drew 250 association executives according to the organisers, Damian Hutt’s Associations Network. The congress itself had upped the delegate attendance numbers this year, Hutt’s team reports.
The Awards, given out at the Hilton London Wembley, were developed to recognise excellence and hard work as well as the positive impact associations have for their sector and members. They now form part of the Associations Network’s awards portfolio which also includes an awards ceremony for International and European Associations on 6 May 2015 in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Dr Michael Pritchard FRPS, Director-General, The Royal Photographic Society, who won CEO of the Year at the Awards, said: “The Association Awards are especially valuable as the winners are chosen by leading individuals within the sector who are uniquely placed to recognise the achievements.”
Associations Network claims the high uptake was due to not charging fees to enter. “This allowed individuals who would typically require sign-off, to enter their colleagues and mentors as well as themselves. It is a truly innovative approach and one that will continue in 2015,” said Damian Hutt, Executive Director of Associations Network.
“Having promoted excellence in Associations for over eight years we are well respected and recognised as suitable to create a meaningful awards programme, particularly one that is a no-fee initiative for associations, no fees to enter and no fees for shortlisted associations to attend. We developed the categories and criteria out of our research, where we talk to association executives every day about their challenges and successes.”
One of the shortlisted candidates, Hannah Harvey, National Association of Goldsmiths, said: “The Association Awards are a fantastic opportunity for showcasing the important work that’s being done in trade associations in the UK. The categories were so relevant to the way that small associations operate and it was great to have the opportunity to be involved and represent our association.”
The Scottish Federation of Housing Association won the Conference Development Award, collected by Diane Cooper (pictured) and Best Growth Strategy went to the Independent Games Developers’ Association (TIGA).
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