With their credentials ranging from being a former Dragon in the Den providing support and investment for budding entrepreneurs; encouraging and inspiring academic success; and being recognised as one of the Top 20 Young people in the world the high profile panel of SuperAchievers judges know exactly what they’re looking for as they start to hunt for the most inspiring people working within businesses in Swindon this month.
Supporting the Pitman Training centre’s search for ‘SuperAchievers’, judges include:-
– Hilary Devey (Businesswoman, television personality and entrepreneur as seen on Dragon’s Den and the Intern)
– Jonny Mitchell (Headteacher of Thornhill Community Academy, as seen on the BAFTA award winning documentary Educating Yorkshire)
– Jamie Dunn (Entrepreneur, Speaker and Author, recognised as one of the Top 20 Young People in the World)
– Lucy Brazier (CEO of Marcham Publishing, and International Speaker and Conference Chairperson)
– Dalya Bernstein (EA to CEO and winner of SuperAchievers PA of the Year 2014
With nominations now open and running until 5th January 2015 categories cover:-
- Working Mum of the Year
- Young Achiever of the Year
- PA of the Year
- Business Newcomer of the Year
- Student of the Year (Nominated solely by Pitman Training Centres)
Entries can be submitted for free via www.pitmansuperachievers.com
This year’s awards will see the competition reopen following the first round of nominations, and encourage the pubic to vote for their favourite shortlisted nominees online from 12th January. This allows family, friends, locals and the general public the opportunity to support and vote for their favourites or anyone shortlisted from their region whose story they feel most inspires them. The shortlisted entrants with the most votes from each category, will then be passed to the celebrity judging panel, who will have difficult task of deciding the winners, who will be announced at the end of February.
The UK’s leading independent training provider, Pitman Training launched the SuperAchievers Awards to show anything is possible and to help reward people committed to driving their careers forward in a bid to inspire more of the British workforce to strive for more.
SuperAchievers judge Jonny Mitchel, Headteacher of Thornhill Community Academy, as seen on the BAFTA award winning documentary Educating Yorkshire said: “I am delighted to have been asked to be a judge, as it will give me an opportunity not only to see some of the outstanding contributions made by so many professionals but also to play a small role in ensuring their hard work is acknowledged and rewarded. Although few people ever get into their lines of work for the accolades and recognition, I know from personal experience that such vindication of how we operate is always a welcome boon which ensures continued determination and passion to do the best that we can do and to be the best that we can be.”
Amongst the winners of the previous SuperAchievers Awards was Dalya Bernstein, who said she originally entered the SuperAchievers PA of the Year Award as she felt she had achieved so much throughout her career. Now returning as one of the judges for this year’s awards, Dalya said: ‘I am so happy to have been asked to be a judge for this year’s Super Achievers Awards, it is such an honour, and I wish all who enter the very best of luck.”
Dalya said: “When I found out I was shortlisted for the Awards I was ecstatic, I couldn’t believe it, and I also knew the two shortlisted people as well and they were such fantastic PA’s, I was really glad to be alongside them. When I actually won I was elated and I couldn’t believe it considering who I was up against – I was absolutely delighted to have won it and also very shocked as well. My family and friends have been really supportive, along with my work colleagues and of course my CEO as well.
If you’re thinking about entering the awards, I would definitely say go for it. You’ve got absolutely nothing to lose, you don’t have to tell anybody you’re entering, just enter and see what happens.”
Pitman Training said: “We’ve got another fantastic panel of successful individuals supporting these awards and they are excited about finding talent across the UK. We want to discover and recognise the unrewarded hard workers that are helping to keep British businesses thriving.”
“We work really closely with our students to help them reach goals, rather than just providing them with training, as the end result is always our focus. We’ve seen many lives transformed after people have a renewed energy, after topping up their skills and this is really inspiring. What we’re looking to do is now share these stories to help inspire others.”