New line up of judges for Community Awards

Three new judges have been announced for the 2015 Community Awards which take place on Wednesday 4 November at St James.

Richard Le Tocq, Charlie Cox, and Fionnuala Carvill join Andrew Ozanne on this year’s judging panel, replacing Gerald Hough, Lord de Saumarez and Suzanne Heneghan who have held the role for the past four years.

Richard is a Director of Heritage Insurance and has over 20 years’ experience in the Finance sector. He was recently appointed Chairman of the Guernsey Branch of the Institute of Directors and is a Founding Trustee of the Priaulx Premature Baby Foundation.

Charlie is the Children’s Service Manager for Barnardo’s across the Channel Islands, responsible for The HUB in Guernsey and the Leaving Care Service in Jersey. Charlie launched the HUB services in 2012 and previous worked as Area Youth Work Manager for the Youth Service. She was also appointed as the youngest ever Director of a Samaritan’s branch in 2014.

Fionnuala is Head of Private Wealth Management at Kleinwort Benson and a Director of the Guernsey Community Foundation. Fionnuala has an extensive background in the Finance industry and strong involvement in a number of professional bodies. In 2009, she spent five months as a volunteer with VSO in China where she was an Organisational Development Advisor. Previously, Fionnuala has been a judge on the panel for the Awards for Achievement and the Young Business Group Bill Green Award.

Andrew has been a judge on the panel since its inception in 2010 and has now stepped up to Chair the team who have a tough job on their hands. Every year, the judging panel spend numerous hours discussing the many nominations for each of the seven categories, creating long lists, short lists and eventually concluding with the winners.

He said: ‘The Community Awards are a wonderful way to celebrate our voluntary sector and it has been an honour to be involved with the judging panel since the event started. My fellow judges and I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience and it is only natural for me to step up to chair the new panel. I look forward to spending time with the new team, learning about the brilliant work that is going on in our community.’

Nominations for this year’s event will be opening mid-August so now is the time to start thinking about who to nominate across the seven categories. Full criteria will be available with the nomination forms but in short:                                                                                                                                                                        

Charity of the Year – sponsored by State Street Global Services
Awarded to the charity that the Judges believe has consistently delivered outstanding service to its beneficiaries; promoted and raised its cause; been clear in its goals and strategy and demonstrated excellence all round.

Fundraising Team of the Year – sponsored by Cazenove Capital Management
Awarded to a locally based fundraising team on the basis of its innovation and results that achieve or exceed the aims of a campaign, or campaigns, during the previous 12 months.

Outstanding Individual Achievement – sponsored by KPMG Channel Islands Limited
Awarded to a person who has demonstrated innovation, teamwork, passionand integrity throughout their involvement, and who has produced an identifiably profound effect on a charity or voluntary organisation through their work and/or leadership.

Overseas Award – sponsored by Specsavers
The Overseas Award is for a local charity or initiative whose work benefits areas outside the Bailiwick of Guernsey.

Organising Committee of the Year – sponsored by RG Falla
Awarded to the organisers of an annual event, one-off project or campaign which has been particularly successful in engaging with the local community and whose participants have demonstrated great teamwork.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Award – sponsored by RBC Wealth Management
The CSR award recognises the active involvement of a commercial company and its team directly with charitable, voluntary or community projects in its locality, or through its partnership with a local charitable, voluntary or community organisation that has had a quantifiably positive effect on the local community over the last year/s.

Youth Award – sponsored by Guernsey Electricity
Awarded to a young person who encapsulates commitment, contribution and giving, either to or for the community, individuals, family or others. A young unsung hero. Through caring, by volunteering, by achieving, in showing spirit or heroic deed, perhaps above and beyond expectation and in ways that would not normally attract the limelight.

For more information about the Community Awards visit www.communityawards.gg

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