Awards Shortlist

BP488-UKCDA-Shortlisted logo 2016-17 (004)

This year saw over 50 entries for the Awards across all categories - a fantastic achievement.

The winners in each category will be announced at the UK Career Development Awards on Wednesday 8 March at the Hilton Hotel, Leeds.


1.1 Individual Best Practice Awards

Career Educator of the Year

(Presented in 2016-17 in Memory of Rachel Piper)
  • Ryan Gibson - National Facilitator, Gatsby Benchmarks Pilot
  • Brandon Mills - Acting Head, Brookfields Special School, Reading
  • Belinda Whitehouse - Head of Careers, Dame Allan's School, Newcastle

Career Adviser/Coach of the Year

  • Liz Dunn - Adult Career Adviser, Futures Advice, Skills and Employment
  • Will Fairclough - Career Adviser, Education Development Trust
  • Alistair Lambon - Careers and HE Manager, St Vincent College, Gosport
  • Carolyn Parry - Lead Coach, Career Alchemy, Wales

Career Services Manager of the Year

  • Lisa Grimes - Starting Point Manager, St Helens Chamber
  • Maninder Hayre - Assistant Delivery Director, NCS Thames Valley, Adviza Partnership
  • Carol Jamieson - Director Adult Careers, Manchester Growth Company

1.2 Best Practice in CPD, Employer and HE Engagement

Investing in CPD (Large Company)

  • Careers Wales - Careers Wales Learning and Development Programme
  • Manchester Growth Company - Career Company CPD Programme 
  • SDS - Developing pathways for Young Talent in CIAG

Innovative Employer Engagement Activity

  • Castle School Education Trust - Premium Partners for Schools – Linking Education and Business for the future
  • In2Ambition - The Career Hub
  • St Helens Chamber - Meet the Employer

Higher Education Widening Participation Pre-Entry Guidance Award

  • Ashton Sixth Form College - Realising Aspirations Programme
  • Goldsmiths - Pre entry guidance and MOOC at Goldsmith's, University of London
  • UWE, Bristol - Pre HE Careers Service

1.3 Technology Award

Best Practice in the Use of Technology in Career Development

  • Grofar - Grofar
  • SDS - My World of Work Live! Digital Studio Inverness
  • SDSVirtual Reality Careers in Construction