What we do - Philip Baxendale Awards 2012
On 14 November 2012, the ceremony was held for the 2012 Philip Baxendale Awards for excellence in mutual and employee ownership, co-sponsored by Baxi Partnership and the Employee Ownership Association (EOA).
Both Baxi Partnership and the EOA have been delighted and humbled by the overwhelming record response we’ve had in this year’s Awards and we take them to be a bellwether for the increasing strength and ambition of employee owned enterprises which are succeeding in a growing variety of markets right across the country. We could not have asked for a more heartening message with which to celebrate a hugely successful year for our sector.
Please find below a full list of the Winners and Highly Commended nominations in each award category.
2012 Award Winners and Highly Commended Nominees
Outstanding Leadership Award: To recognise the inspirational role played by an individual or executive team who have led by example, driven outstanding performance in their organisation and brought their employees with them at every stage of the journey.
Winner – Dick Philbrick, Clansman Dynamics
- Andy Burnell, City Healthcare Partnership CIC
- Margaret Paterson, Stewartry Care Ltd
Employee Ownership Champion Award: To recognise the individual or team who have done the most to support and promote employee ownership within their organisation, particularly those operating at the frontline /shopfloor or junior/middle management levels.
Winner – Tony Dempsey, Rochdale Boroughwide Housing
- Garry Hallatt, Gripple
- Sylvia Leary, Care Plus Group
Employee Engagement Award: To celebrate the organisation that achieves meaningful engagement with employees, and drives notable activity to strengthen a culture of productive partnership and increase employee well being.
Winner – Central Surrey Health
- Childbase Partnership
Employee Innovation Award: To showcase the most exciting and effective example of innovation within an employee owned organisation – in products or services, aimed at clients or fellow employees. It must be an idea that came from an individual or group of employees (i.e. not senior management) which was developed and subsequently adopted by the organisation.
- Michelle Quadrelli, Scott & Fyfe
- Kate Howard & Margaret Dewing (Dementia Doorway Project), Anglian Community Enterprise CIC
Productivity and Performance Award: To showcase the most dramatic and powerful example of an employee owned organisation driving up levels of productivity to deliver improved performance, and leading to exemplary outcomes in a particular field.
Winner – PrimePac Solutions
- Childbase Partnership
- Woollard & Henry
Employee Ownership Rising Star Award: To celebrate the impact of an organisation that has recently become employee owned and is already showing progress in creating a highly effective organisation with a strong culture of meaningful employee ownership.
Winner – SEQOL
- Aspire Sussex
Cabinet Office Public Service Mutual Award: To celebrate the most impressive group of employees to have spun out of the public sector into an Employee-Led Mutual Organisation, and who are showing progress in transforming the service to improve outcomes for their users.
Winner – City Healthcare Partnership CIC
- Anglian Community Enterprise CIC
- Central Surrey Health
The Voice of Employee Ownership Award: To recognise the individual who has raised their voice above the noise of the crowd to advocate employee ownership, in either the public or private sectors, and in so doing enhanced the reputation of the entire employee owned sector.
Winner – Steve Parfett, Parfetts
- Sarah Deas, Co-operative Development Scotland
- Andy Davies, Gripple
The Philip Baxendale Fellowship Award: To celebrate the outstanding total contribution of a single individual to the cause of employee ownership, recognising a profound and enduring commitment to the sector – selected by the previous year’s winner of the Fellowship Award
This year’s Fellowship Award celebrates an outstanding contribution by an exceptional individual. 2012 has seen Graeme Nuttall – a man of considerable renown within the employee ownership sector for many years – deploy his deep expertise to help lead a huge step forward in the recognition and reputation of employee ownership by Government and beyond.
Graeme’s work to support the sector began over 20 years ago when he first started working with Robert Oakeshott in Job Ownership Limited, the precursor to the Employee Ownership Association. Since then Graeme has dedicated a significant part of his professional career to assisting in the creation of new mutual and employee owned organisations. Graeme has tirelessly promoted the cause of employee ownership and has played an impressive role in raising awareness of the movement amongst not only business leaders, but the general public. Over the years he has helped shape several pieces of legislation for employee ownership. He played a significant role in the HM Treasury Employee Ownership Advisory Group that helped create the HM Revenue and Customs approved share incentive plan and enterprise management incentives arrangement in the latter part of the 1990s. He also drafted the 2002 Employee Share Schemes Bill, a successful Private Member’s Bill.
In 2012 his efforts were raised to another level when he was appointed the Government’s independent adviser on employee ownership. In July, Graeme produced “Sharing Success: The Nuttall Review of Employee Ownership”, a report which has set the agenda for growing employee ownership in the UK and is recognised both domestically and internationally as a step change in advocacy for our cause. The report was clear, concise and powerful and is a flagship document for Employee Ownership. In October, the Government fully accepted the report’s recommendations and approved plans for a range of activity to knock down the barriers preventing more British businesses from becoming employee owned.
Undoubtedly, Graeme’s championing of the employee movement will stand us in good stead for years to come, making him the perfect recipient of this year’s Fellowship Award.