Awards to celebrate our inspiring people

On November 22nd we recognised the commitment, passion, skills and enthusiasm of our staff, peer supporters and volunteers at our annual Michael Rosen Awards. This was our eighth awards ceremony and the biggest yet.

CEO Aisling Duffy hosted the awards ceremony which took place at the Hurlingham Club in west London

Over 80 nominations were received for people and teams in five categories – Best Team, Best Volunteer, Inspiring Leader, Best Colleague and Transforming Lives. Nominees from all of these categories were eligible for the overall Michael Rosen Award which this year was awarded to the Treat Me Right! team. The awards are made possible from a donation by Sheila Rosen, the widow of Michael Rosen, a previous Chair of Support of Living which later became part of Certitude.

Lulzim Osaj was thrilled to receive the award for the Best Volunteer which was presented by Sanjay Shah, Certitude Director of Finance, Housing and IT, and Marianne Selby Boothroyd, Certitude Director of Development.
The Southwark Cluster were presented with the award for Best Team by Philippa Laughton, Certitude Board member and Nicholas Campbell-Watts, Certitude Strategic Director of Operations

Nearly 200 staff, people supported by Certitude, families and volunteers came together for drinks and dinner at the Hurlingham Club in London followed by an awards ceremony hosted by Chief Executive Aisling Duffy. Current Certitude Board members were partnered up with members of the Leadership Team to present the awards to the soundtrack of The Greatest Showman.

Melissa Layton and Alexandra Del Toro were joint winners in the Inspiring Leader category. (L-R) Aisling Duffy, Certitude CEO, Kate James, Certitude Board Member, Liz Durrant, Certitude Director of Mental Health Support, Melissa Layton, James Morris and Alexandra Del Toro.
Sue Burgess received the award for Best Colleague. (L-R) Aisling Duffy, Certitude CEO, Sue Burgess, Cheryl Newsome, Certitude Director of Human Resources and Dianne Greyson, Certitude Board member.

Aisling thanked everyone nominated for their “drive and determination to help people achieve what they want from life” and their “imagination and unconditional affection for the people we support”. Sheila Rosen paid tribute to her husband’s commitment to Certitude and described her own eagerness to begin volunteering for Certitude now that she had retired.

Kim Aldridge was a popular winner for the Transforming Lives Award for her work supporting families. (L-R) Mary Schumm, Director of Learning Disability Services, Professor Sally Glen, Certitude Board member, Kim Aldridge and Aisling Duffy, Certitude CEO.

All the winners were presented with their certificates and after the presentations were over, everyone joined in with the celebrations by dancing the night away to DJ Paul O’Connor’s fantastic disco.

The Treat Me Right! team picked up the prestigious Michael Rosen Award. Now in its 10th year, the TMR project offers learning disability and autism awareness training delivered by people with learning disabilities and autism.

The Results

Best Team

Winner – Southwark Cluster

Runner up – Payroll team

Best Volunteer

Winner – Lulzim Osaj

Runner up – Lucy Sangster

Inspiring Leader

Joint winners – Melissa Layton and Alexandra del Toro

Best Colleague

Winner – Sue Burgess

Runner up – Anthony Olofinnika

Transforming Lives

Winner – Kim Aldridge

Runner up – Roger Bogaert

Michael Rosen Award

Treat Me Right!