By Steve Murrells, CEO and Helen Webb, Chief People and Services Officer
We know our colleagues are amazing, but after reading the shortlisted #BeingCoop Award nominations we were completely blown away – it was a really tough judging process!
Thank you to all of you who nominated your colleagues, we had over 3,000 entries across the 13 categories. And we added an extra Local Hero award in earlier this year to recognise the amazing things you’re doing in our communities as a result of coronavirus – you’ll hear more soon.
Whilst the award categories are different, the winners are all very similar because they truly live our Ways of Being Co-op and go above and beyond everyday to help their colleagues and make their communities stronger and better places to be.
All of our winners and finalists and nominees should be so incredibly proud.
What do our winners receive?
Because of coronavirus our winners celebrations are slightly different this year, but they won’t miss out. We’re hosting a virtual winners celebration afternoon tea next month to celebrate which you’ll hear more about nearer the time and each winner will receive an experience gift voucher.
So here’s our winners and for the first time ever the colleagues who were highly commended. We’ll be letting you know all about our winners stories and why they were nominated.
I think you’ll all join us in saying a huge congratulations to our winners!
Community Star Award
Winner: Geraint Carl Williams – Driver and Member Pioneer – Logistics
Highly commended: Ceri Finn, Funeral Arranger and Member Pioneer and Georgia Gibson, Engagement Support Assistant, Logistics
Co-op Member Choice Award
Winner: Alex Mihaes, Customer Team Member – Skipton Road Food store
Highly commended: Paul Harris, Store Manager, Sandwich store and Tracey Sheppard, Store Manager Newhay Broadway store
Do What Matters Most Most Award
Winner: Annette Joseph – Delivery Manager – Support Centre
Highly commended: Craig Oxley Brookes, Store Manager,Worsley Road store and Member Pioneer and Isabel Palmer, Property Financial Accountant Support Centre
Show You Care Award
Winner: Billy Davies – Store Manager, Rose Lane store
Highly commended: John Hodges, Logistics Team Manager and Naomi Lowe, Change Manager, Support Centre
Be Yourself Always Award
Winner: Agnes Walker – Customer Team Member – Beverley Road store
Highly commended: Guy Wimhurst, Regional Manager, Food and Daniel McKerlich, Customer Team Member, Radyr Station Road store
Succeed Together Award (Team of the Year)
Winner: Brodick Store team – Food Stores North
Highly commended: The Blue Clovers (Dan Sly, Malcolm Fovargue and Johan Rzymski), Logistics and PACT (Parents and Carers Together) colleague network
Co-op Apprentice of the Year Award
Winner: Amy Todd – Stock Team Manager– Logistics
Highly commended: Chris Forbes, Store Manager, Aberlour store and Sasha Brunton, Team Leader New Ash Green store
Store Colleague of the Year Award
Winner: Amanda Byrne – Team Leader – Ellesmere store
Highly commended: Steve Smith, Store Manager Burwell store, and Kelly Newton, Store Manager, 9485 Bishopston Gloucester Road store
Funeralcare Colleague of the Year Award
Winner: Rachel Carline – Embalmer, Bury
Highly commended: Katie Mills, Funeral Director Salford and Andrew Ball, Funeral Service Operative Bury
Support Centre Colleague of the Year Award
Winner: Denise Woodward – Supply Chain Events – Retail Support Centre
Highly commended: Paul Spencer, Facilities Manager, Property and Samantha Tweedale, IT Supplier Management, IT Procurement
Insurance Colleague of the Year Award
Winner: Maria Byrne – Customer Service Manager
Highly commended: Julia Birtles, Customer Service Advisor and Lindsay Rogers, Claims Advisor
Legal Services Colleague of the Year Award
Winner: Amy Reeves – Probate Operations
Highly commended: Patricia Arthur, Legal Assistant – Remote Tasking
Highly commended: Yasmin Sadiq, Senior Probate Case Manager – Probate Operations
Logistics Colleague of the Year Award
Winner: Adam Anderson – Warehouse Operative
Highly commended: Jack Swaisland, Transport Shift Manager and Kat Uren, Engagement Support Assistant
Congratulations to all!