The Grimsby Institute and University Centre Grimsby celebrated the achievements of their Academic and Business Support staff at the annual Star Awards.
Fifteen members of staff were presented with their trophies in front of friends, families, staff from the Grimsby Institute Group and local dignitaries including the Mayor and Mayoress of the Borough of North East Lincolnshire, Cllr Alex Baxter and Mrs Anne Baxter.
The ceremony was presented by Chris Wood, one of the Institute’s Hospitality Tutors, and almost 100 guests enjoyed a three-course meal prepared, cooked and served by Hospitality staff and learners before a cabaret performance by two Level 3 Music learners, Abi & Anna Garnett, that included old favourites including Chattanooga Choo Choo and Irving Berlin’s Sisters, Sisters.
The awards were presented by former Chair of the Corporation, Mike Parker OBE, and Interim Chair of the Corporation, David Hilditch, to staff who had shown their dedication and support to the Grimsby Institute and University Centre Grimsby over the last year. Mike Parker OBE said:
“I enjoy taking part in the Star Awards because it’s an opportunity to celebrate the people who really do make a difference for our learners – our staff. There is a display of pictures outside of the Principal’s office of previous award winners that is surrounded by three words, inspiring, innovative and outstanding. This is what these award represent and these staff really are inspiring.
“During my involvement with the Institute I have been inspired by many things; by the efforts of the learners, by the art see around the buildings produced by the learners, by the facilities available here, by the Graduation Ceremonies, by seeing the confidence engendered in our learners and I have been inspired by the staff. The difference they make never ceases to amaze me.”
A special award was introduced by the Principal and Chief Executive of the Grimsby Institute Group, Mrs Sue Middlehurst, and presented by the Mayor to James Danby, Head of Industrial Programmes (Commercial). James has worked at the Institute for over 10 years and is highly regarded for the work he does with industry partners. Sue said:
“James has a reputation that is based on loyalty and integrity, a passion for ensuring that learners get the best possible experience and industry clients are valued. It is through this award that we recognise the contribution he made to the Group as a result of his unwavering drive to add value to our industry facing business.”
James added: “I’m absolutely delighted and honoured to have won this award as a representative of the teams I work with and I accept it on behalf of all of the team. I work with a fantastic cohort, which includes the Senior Management Team, my colleagues and employers and I believe that this is testament to the hard work of everybody involved.”
The Star Award winners for 2014 were;
Colin Baldwin – Support Role
Ed Blanchard – Leadership
Garret Busby – Our Learners & Customers Come First
James Danby – Principal’s Award
Katie Grantham – Innovation
Learner Mentors – Response to Learner Needs
Lucy Adams – Skills for Life
Nick Marshall – Teaching, Training & Learning Practitioner
Pam Davies – Learning Support
Paul Brackenbury – Lifetime Achievement
Portage Team – Unsung Heroes
Sarah Heath – Support Role
Sharon Parkinson – Response to Staff Needs
Theresa Marriott – Teaching, Training & Learning Practitioner
Yvonne Morton – Unsung Hero