This has been a very exciting week for Create and our wonderful Chief Executive, Nicky Goulder. Nicky, who co-founded Create in 2003, was presented with the Clarins Most Dynamisante Woman of the Year Award and a £30,000 cheque at a special lunch in her honour on Wednesday by Clarins’ executives, Robin Vincent and Olivier Courtin-Clarins. In his speech, Robin said: “Regardless of status, background, income or domestic challenges, you have built confidence, opened doors and horizons, and uplifted troubled children to see new perspectives and confront new opportunities positively. Congratulations! You have joined a special group of exceptional people around the world – Clarins Most Dynamisante Women.” The news was revealed in The Mail on Sunday’s You Magazine.
Kristina Nilles, Create’s Development Director writes …
“I nominated Nicky for this award because it will be ten years next month since her vision for the charity became reality and I wanted her to get the recognition she deserves in this celebratory year. Nicky captures the essence of the award.
She is the most dynamic and inspiring boss I have ever had, she leads by example and she encourages all of us to thrive through her positive reinforcement, ambitious (yet achievable) targets and open door policy. Her enthusiasm is infectious and motivates our team, artists, participants and community partners to strive for excellence in everything they do. She has an incredible way of persuading people to help the charity “for love” – who else could have twisted the arm of Bonhams’ Chairman to conduct two charity auctions every year or a Hollywood actress to visit a group of young carers performing a short play they had created!
I have felt honoured to work alongside Nicky since joining the Create team eighteen months ago and am grateful for the many lessons I have learnt from her positive, giving and thankful approach to life. Never before have I met someone who brightens others’ days in the way Nicky can: I have seen her engage in conversation with an older woman at a bus stop; help a young offender create artwork for his child (despite readily admitting to me that art is not her greatest area of expertise!); assist a young carer make a bracelet in time for Mother’s Day; sit with a parent carer after an event listening to his problems; and she always thanks the TFL bus driver at the end of her journey! I find it refreshing and inspiring to witness acts of kindness on a daily basis. Nicky’s vision and determination to make society a better place permeates all her actions and in turn not only affects the lives of the 25,352 children and adults that Create has already had the privilege of working with but hundreds if not thousands more.
Nicky is always modest about her achievements and truly deserves this award. It is wonderful to see her receive such amazing recognition for the work that she has done over the past ten years.”
Clarins Most Dynamisante Woman of the Year Award recognises the action and commitment of inspirational British women who work tirelessly to help underprivileged or sick children across the globe. Create will be using the £30,000 award to take sensory music residencies to 400+ children at six special schools over the coming year.