Shortlisted for two Charity Times Awards

PrintOn Wednesday night, our Development Director and I attended the Charity Times Awards 2013 Gala dinner and Ceremony, a glitzy event at the Lancaster London Hotel.

Working as we do with the most disadvantaged and vulnerable people in our society, it seemed rather incongruous to be putting on a posh dress to attend an event in a four star hotel with dozens of other charities.  It was also slightly strange to be listening to sometimes blue jokes, sometimes highly un-politically-correct ones, by the evening’s host, Marcus Brigstocke of Have I Got News For You fame!  What did not seem odd, however, was to be at a ceremony recognising leadership and professionalism in the charity sector.  There are so many exceptional people and partnerships in the sector and Wednesday night’s event recognised 28 of  these.

We did not win either of the awards for which we were shortlisted but I am so proud of the whole Create team none-the-less.  Being shortlisted as we were for the “Charity of the Year: with an income of less than £1million” award feels like an incredible achievement and the most wonderful recognition of the passion, commitment, drive and energy of everyone who is involved in Create: our staff, professional artists, Trustees and volunteers alike.  The citation read:

“2012/13 has been Create’s most successful year to date: winning four awards; securing its largest ever grant to date: £480,000 from The Queen’s Trust over three years; exceeding its objectives; and having a profound impact on its disadvantaged and vulnerable participants.”

On a personal basis, I feel privileged to have been shortlisted for the “Rising CEO Star” award, having been nominated by our Development Director.  The citation read:

“Nicky’s passion and determination to make society a better place have had a profound and lasting effect on the lives of Create’s disadvantaged and vulnerable participants, team members and many others.”

Our tenth anniversary this year is proving to be our most successful to date and I am one of the lucky people who gets out of bed every morning excited to get to work.  Thanks to our inspiring participants, dedicated artists and exceptional staff team, Create really is quite an extraordinary place to work.

Nicky Goulder, Chief Executive