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Association Awards UK finalists revealed ahead of Associations Congress UK

Damian Hutt, Executive Director of the Association of Association Executives
The Association of Association Executives (AAE), organisers of the Associations Congress UK, has today unveiled the shortlisted entries for the 2016 Association Awards UK. Winners will be announced at an inaugural celebratory dinner, to be held at Hilton London Wembley on Thursday 17th November, at the end of day one of the Associations Congress UK.

Finalists have been selected following a rigorous judging process by a prestigious panel consisting of influential association leaders, all focused on the continuous improvement of associations whether UK, International or European.  

Now in their fifth year, the Association Awards UK are open to all UK associations and are free to enter. The awards aim to encourage as many as possible outstanding examples of association practice and case studies to be highlighted in order to promote best practice within the association community overall. Places at the celebratory dinner are given free of charge to all shortlisted candidates and included in the Associations Congress UK registration package. New in 2016 is the opportunity for association employees to purchase tickets to the awards dinner as a standalone event, without the need to register for congress.  

Damian Hutt, Executive Director of the AAE, comments: “The Association Awards recognise those who have demonstrated outstanding achievements and best practice in leadership, development and service within membership organisations. Being able to offer award entry free of charge and places for finalists at the dinner is a really important part of our ethos: we want to ensure we truly shine a light on all good practice and so are encouraging as many entries as possible.  

“Entries have been very strong this year and we are delighted with the response to the awards. We’re looking forward to the Awards Dinner and hearing the final results on the night.”  

The Association Awards UK, alongside the International and European Association Awards, focus on recognising and sharing best practice in membership organisations. The AAE has been recognising and promoting excellence to its 15,000 members globally since 2006.  

A full list of the shortlisted entries can be found below.  

43 individuals and associations have been shortlisted by category as follows:
Chief Executive of the Year
o    Kim Bayley, Entertainment Retailers Association

o    Simon Forrester, British Pest Control Association
o    Kevin Green, The Recruitment and Employment Confederation
o    John Newcomb, Builders Merchant Federation (BMF)
o    Dawn Stott, Association for Perioperative Practice  

Young Association Executive of the Year
o    Andrew Chamberlain, The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE)
o    Dominic Goudie, Food and Drinks Federation
o    James Gribben, The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE)
o    Lydia Wakefield, The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE)
o    Natasha Levanti, Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE)  

Effective Voice
o    Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed - Travel and Subsistence Tax Relief
o    Employment Related Services Association - Employability Day 2016
o    Institute and Faculty of Actuaries - Providing relevant opportunities for members to volunteer
o    Recruitment and Employment Confederation - Jobs transform lives communications toolkit
o    World Obesity Federation - World Obesity Day  

Best Social Media Campaign
o    Association of Accounting Technicians - #AATStudyHacks
o    British Dietetic Association - Dietitians Week
o    College of Occupational Therapists - College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference 2016
o    Recruitment and Employment Confederation - #Certfie
o    Royal Society of Chemistry - 175 minutes for chemistry / #Time4Chem  

Conference Development
o    Association of Accounting Technicians - AAT Annual Conference 2016
o    Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed - IPSE Policy Conference
o    College of Occupational Therapists - College of Occupational Therapists 40th Annual Conference and Exhibition
o    Scottish Bakers - Scottish Bakers Annual Conference and Awards
o    UK Chamber of Shipping - UK Shipping Summit 2016

Best eLearning / Online Education
o    Association of Accounting Technicians - Student online learning AQ2016
o    Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry - www.abpischools.org.uk
o    Builders Merchant Federation - BMF Campus
o    Chartered Association of Building Engineers - ‘Webinar Wednesday’
o    Scottish Bakers - www.jamesallanbakeryacademy.org  

Best Association Website
o    Association for Language Learning
o    Building Engineering Services Association
o    Incorporated Society of Musicians
o    Physio First
o    The Historical Association  

Best Event Webcasting
o    Racehorse Owners Association - AGM
o    Recruitment and Employment Confederation - Taking Stock of the EU Referendum Outcome
o    Royal Academy of Dance - Genée International Ballet Competition  

Best Association E-Newsletter
o    Association of Accounting Technicians
o    Federation of Holistic Therapists
o    Recruitment & Employment Confederation
o    Royal Pharmaceutical Society
o    UK Chamber of Shipping

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