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2020 Judges

Admin & Clerical

Admin & Clerical

Helen Barker is the Chief Operating Officer at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS FT and nominated her PA Sue Laycock in the Admin & Clerical Category for the 2019 Unsung Hero Awards. Post the 2019 Awards the Trust have become heavily involved in promoting the UHA, especially since the 2020 nomination period officially opened at Calderdale and Huddersfield earlier this year.

David Crichton is proudly representing Scotland and is the second Scottish Judge on the UHA judging panel since 2018. David was appointed Chair of NHS Health Scotland in 2015 and is currently Vice-Chair of the Scottish Police Authority. He is also a member of the Scotland Committee of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Carl Ramsdale won at the 2019 Unsung Hero Awards for his working and personal relationship with (and subsequent successes for) an Autistic intern called "Seb". Carl attended the 2019 Awards with Seb and was proud and humbled by the experience of winning. Disability Champion was in part born out of the work that Carl pioneered at his recent Trust with Seb. Carl now works as a Senior Quality and Compliance Inspector with the NHS Counter Fraud Authority. Carl is also judging Disability Champion.

Laura Bell works at the Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle, as part of the Pregnancy Loss and Bereavement Team. She won a UHA Award in 2019 in Admin and Clerical for her work in pregnancy loss. Laura is excited to be back on board as a Judge for the Admin and Clerical category.

  • Helen Barker Click here for full bio
  • David Crichton Click here for full bio
  • Carl Ramsdale Click here for full bio
  • Laura Bell Click here for full bio
Apprentice of the year

Apprentice of the year

Apprentice of the Year will be chosen by Kathy Cowell, Chairman at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The UHA met Kathy at a recent fundraiser event in Manchester for Manchester University Hospitals in-house Charity, which is now 10 years old. Kathy showed immediate interest in the UHA and we are very happy to have her on-board!
This category has one judge appointed to it as there will be no shortlist created. The winning nomination will be delivered as a presentation on the evening of the 6th Annual Awards Gala.

  • Kathy Cowell OBE DL Click here for full bio
Communications

Communications

Antony Tiernan has been a big advocate of the UHA since 2018. In 2019 Antony used his vast network to help the UHA grow significantly within the NHS and wider Healthcare. Antony has worked in the NHS for more than 15 years and led the NHS’s 70th birthday celebrations. In late 2019 he began a new position within the London Ambulance Service as Director of Communications and Engagement.
 
Caroline Kenyon met the UHA at iLinks 2019 and came on board to judge communications shortly after. Caroline joined the NHS in 2011 after roles in journalism, broadcasting and PR – all with a focus on health. Caroline is based at the Innovation Agency, where she is part of the Executive Team and responsible for engaging a wide network of stakeholders, including NHS, social care, businesses, academic and voluntary sectors.

  • Antony Tiernan Click here for full bio
  • Caroline Kenyon Click here for full bio
Corporate Services

Corporate Services

Adrian Osborne is proudly representing Wales and is celebrating 25 years in corporate roles in the NHS, with a varied career that has included health promotion, corporate governance, communication, engagement, network management, programme management and parliamentary affairs. Adrian has promoted the UHA strongly within Powys Teaching Health Board, as well as across the Welsh network of Health Boards.
 
Jules Lockett met the UHA at Skipton House in London in 2019. It was clear to see Jules' passion for the Unsung Heroes of the NHS, herself being devoted to her role tirelessly, personally and professionally. Jules has worked for the London Ambulance Service for the past 18 years and has worked in all areas of the Emergency Operations Centre, responding to 999 calls, allocating of resources and control and command support deployment.

  • Adrian Osborne Click here for full bio
  • Jules Lockett Click here for full bio
Disability Champion

Disability Champion

The UHA met and interviewed Aaron Oxford at NHS England's Headquarters in Leeds Summer 2019 (video can be seen here). Aaron is a learning disability and autism network manager at NHS England and will bring real life experience of having a learning disability and being autistic to the UHA 2020 judging panel.
 
Carl Ramsdale won at the 2019 Unsung Hero Awards for his working and personal relationship with (and subsequent successes for) an Autistic intern called "Seb". Carl attended the 2019 Awards with Seb and was proud and humbled by the experience of winning. Disability Champion was in part born out of the work that Carl pioneered at his recent Trust with Seb. Carl now works as a Senior Quality and Compliance Inspector with the NHS Counter Fraud Authority. Carl is also judging Admin and Clerical.

  • Aaron Oxford Click here for full bio
  • Carl Ramsdale Click here for full bio
Estates & Ancillary

Estates & Ancillary

Amanda Piper won in Estates and Ancillary in 2019 for her work as a Housekeeper on a specialist Dementia Ward in East London. Amanda was interviewed by the UHA earlier this year (video can be seen here) where she explained that the care they deliver is gold standard, and how she supports the team on the Sally Sherman Ward in countless different ways. Amanda was thrilled alone to be nominated, and now she will judge the E&A category, helping to choose the 2020 winner.
 
Lord Philip Hunt has been a member of the House of Lords since 1997. His main interests are health, social care and constitutional affairs. He was the first Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation, and from 2011-2014 he chaired the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust. Lord Hunt is also the President of the Hospital Caterers Association and will add a noble touch to our 2019 judging panel!

  • Amanda Piper Click here for full bio
  • Rt Hon Lord Hunt of Kings Heath PC, OBE Click here for full bio
IT & Digital

IT & Digital

Venkata Padala won at the 2019 Unsung Hero Awards for his excellence as a Team Leader, as well as his dedication to his team, patients and the Trust. Venkata is a big supporter of the UHA, which came across when we interviewed him and his nominator Suhail Patel this Summer (video can be seen here). Venkata started life at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS FT as a IT Technician, progressing through various posts to his current role as the Head of Enterprise Wide Applications.
 
Anthony brings a wealth of Knowledge to the 2020 judging panel. Anthony has worked for over 8 years in the NHS, currently working within NHS Digital as a programme manager. He is also a school governor where he challenges the school to find new ways in IT of working to save money where they can. Anthony looks forward to seeing some of the great entries in the IT and Digital category.

  • Venkata Padala Click here for full bio
  • Anthony Walkley Click here for full bio
Leadership award

Leadership award

Karl Roberts has been on the UHA judging panel since 2017, and has supported us throughout this time. Karl is a senior programme lead at the NHS National Leadership Academy, and has proactively helped dozens of NHS staff become involved with the Awards. We are excited to have Karl back to judge for the third time this year, engaging his skill, knowledge, passion and empathetic nature in the process. You can read more on Karl and the NHS Leadership Academy here.
 
Clare Price-Dowd has worked in the NHS for all her career and is currently Head of Evaluation and Patient Experience at the NHS Leadership Academy. Clare is also a long standing advocate and supporter of the UHA. The NHS Leadership Academy partly inspired the new framework for our Leadership Category, with the ethos and belief that there is 'a leader on every seat.'

  • Karl Roberts Click here for full bio
  • Clare Price-Dowd Click here for full bio
Lifetime service award

Lifetime service award

Lifetime Service will be chosen by John Rostill OBE, Chief Executive of the NHS Retirement Fellowship. This category has one judge appointed to it as there will be no shortlist created. The winning nomination will be delivered as a presentation on the evening of the 6th Annual Awards Gala.

  • John Rostill Click here for full bio
Special mention award

Special mention award

Sue Murphy is CEO of Catalyst, a non-profit organisation based in Surrey working with people who are dealing with issues stemming from drug and alcohol use and mental health. Sue recently guest blogged on the UHA website on how organisations like Catalyst assist the NHS by offering preventative methods and support.
 
Ellie Orton was introduced to the UHA in 2019 and quickly showed support and interest in how the UHA helps to raise moral and positive regard within the NHS. Ellie became Chief Executive of NHS Charities Together in July 2018 and is passionate about social change and the African philosophy of Ubuntu, which literally translates to ‘humanity'.

  • Sue Murphy Click here for full bio
  • Ellie Orton Click here for full bio
Volunteer of the year

Volunteer of the year

Emma Easton has attended the past two UHA Gala Award Events and came on board as a judge in 2018. Emma is extremely passionate about all things volunteering, so it's no surprise that she is NHS England’s Head of Voluntary Partnerships. Emma leads on developing more inclusive partnerships with the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector, and on the approach to increasing high impact volunteering opportunities in health and care.
 
Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallett was introduced to the Unsung Hero Awards in 2019 and was keen to judge the 2020 Volunteering category. Like Emma, Sir Tom is heavily focused on all things volunteer-related, his own organisation Helpforce led a highly successful campaign over Christmas 2018 to actively increase the numbers of volunteers in the NHS. Sir Thomas has chaired commissions both for the government and independently on healthcare, end-of-life care and philanthropy.

  • Emma Easton Click here for full bio
  • Sir Thomas Hughes Hallett Click here for full bio

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