The final award, Colleague of the Year, recognised an individual who has consistently, and to an exceptionally high level, reflected the University’s guiding principles through their work.
Mary noted the words of one nominator: “He has such an amazing influence on his team and anyone he meets. On a personal level, he has such a caring nature and would genuinely do anything for anybody. He is approachable, kind and fair and makes coming to work a joy. Professionally, he has built strong relationships with students and stakeholders, particularly the LSE.”
Quoting another nominator, Mary added: “His work is always at an exceptionally high level and he is a fantastic manager who will go over and above what is expected of him. He is liked by all that know him, with a natural ability to get the best out of his team. He is a great asset to the University. Our 2018 Colleague of the Year is Gustavo Olivo.” As Gustavo was on leave, staff were under strict instructions to keep the award a secret until his return.
The prize winners each received gift vouchers plus lunch with Mary and Craig.
This year also saw the presentation of the inaugural Gundi Nabi Memorial Award, established in honour of a long-standing and well-loved colleague who sadly passed away in December 2017.
Tim Wade, Director of Student and Academic Services, announced this award, flanked by Inge, Gundi's daughter, and Anton, her grandson.
"It's an honour to be able to give this prize in Gundi's name,” Tim said. “This award will go to someone who is an unsung hero, someone who works away in the background, someone who will always do a little bit extra for their colleagues, as Gundi used to do. This year it goes to someone who Gundi had a particular soft spot for – the Gundi Nabi Memorial Prize for 2018 is awarded to Stuart Parish."
Commenting on their respective awards, Emma Voight (Academic Services Manager) said: "It's nice to think that you're highly thought of. Charter Day is my favourite day of the work year – everyone's dressed up, everyone's happy, the sun's out. So it's nice to win an award on my favourite day.”
"The recognition feels great,” Sasha Witterick (Cost and Revenue Accountant) said. “People do care and appreciate what you do. It makes me want to try harder, perform better and match expectations. It's not just a job, this feels like a family."