NUT Representative and Officer of the Year awards 2014-15
The awards are designed to recognise the contribution made by NUT representatives and officers at a local level. The awards celebrate their hard work and commitment.
The winner of the 2014/15 National Representative of the Year award is Jill Lord of Breconshire Association.
Jill Lord faced many challenges organising a long and successful joint dispute with the NASUWT when new management challenged staff over pay portability. Jill has also managed to significantly increase the membership in her school. Another success for Jill was the organisation of a meeting for NUT members that was one of the largest meetings ever held in her rural division.
The winners of the 2014/15 Regional and Wales Representative of the Year awards are:
|Northern||Tony Dabb (Gateshead)|
|North West||Sarah Vaughan (Cheshire East)|
|Yorkshire/Midland||Laura Clayton (Barnsley)|
|Midlands||Lorraine Curotto and Alan Murray (City of Leicester)|
|Eastern||Rob Howlett (Essex Mid)|
|South East||Nigel Fox (West Hampshire)|
|South West||Niel Apps (Somerset)|
|London||Aneela Shah (Haringey)|
|Wales||Jill Lord (Breconshire)|
The winners of the 2014/15 National Officer of the Year award are Claire Walsh and Martin Walsh of Wyre Association.
As the assistant and association secretaries for Wyre Association, Claire and Martin Walsh have shown tremendous support for the NUT Stand up for Education campaign in their association.
Claire and Martin successfully engaged parents and members of the public at every opportunity at numerous street stalls. They also supported further events in other areas.
Through difficult circumstances, they pressurised MPs and local councillors in person, with postcards, letters, petitions and social media campaigns.
Claire and Martin involved local members, especially young teachers, to encourage and develop the Union’s organising strategy.
The winners of the 2014/15 Regional and Wales Officer of the Year awards are:
|Northern||Mike Cunningham (Workington)|
|North West||Claire Walsh and Martin Walsh (Wyre)|
|Yorkshire/Midland||Sheena Wheatley (Nottingham City)|
|Midlands||Russ Bragger (Walsall)|
|Eastern||Scott Lyons (Norfolk)|
|South East||Christine Dickinson (Folkestone & District)|
|South West||David Smale (Plymouth)|
|London||Dennis Charman (Hammersmith & Fulham)|
|Wales||June Jenkins (Carmarthenshire)|
Presentation of the awards
The regional/Wales awards were presented to the winners at regional/Wales events.
The national awards were presented to the winners by the NUT General Secretary at the 2015 Annual Conference in Harrogate.
|Claire Walsh||Martin Walsh|
|(accepted by James Rochester)|
History of the awards
2005-2009: National, Regional and Wales
Union Membership Development Awards (NUMDA/RUMDA/WUMDA)
In 2005, the NUT Executive agreed to establish the National Union Membership Development Award (NUMDA) to acknowledge and reward good practice in recruitment and retention at local level. The NUMDA was awarded to an association or division with a significant achievement in membership recruitment or retention.
The NUT Executive further established the Regional and Wales Union Membership Development Awards (RUMDA and WUMDA). The RUMDA and WUMDA were awarded to individual members who had made a significant contribution to membership recruitment or retention.
2009-2011: National Regional and Wales Membership Development Awards (MDAs)
In 2009, the NUT Executive carried out a review of the awards. They were renamed as the National Membership Development Award (National MDA) and the Regional and Wales Membership Development Awards (Regional and Wales MDAs).
The Regional and Wales MDAs were awarded to individual members for their achievements in membership recruitment and retention. The associations/divisions of the winners of the Regional and Wales MDAs were then considered for the National MDA.
NUT Representative and Officer of the Year Awards
In 2011, the NUT Executive carried out a further review of the awards. It was agreed to replace the MDAs with the NUT Representative and Officer of the Year awards.
NUT members are invited to nominate an NUT representative or an officer who has made a difference in their school, academy, college or local area.
There are 10 NUT Representative of the Year awards, one for each region in England and one for Wales. Similarly, there are 10 Officer of the Year awards.
The winners of the regional/Wales awards are subsequently considered for the National Representative and Officer of the Year awards.