Winners of the Association Awards UK 2016

Association news
Published on 15 December 2016

Congratulations to the winners and shortlisted and thank you to everyone who has submitted an entry. We had a fantastic selection of entries across all nine categories.

Chief Executive of the Year

Winner: Simon Forrester, British Pest Control Association

The judges said:
"With only a small team, effective initiatives and by engaging in extensive international activities and generating a commercial drive for the association, Simon transformed his association into a modern, relevant and progressive organisation.”

Special Award: John Newcomb, Builders Merchant Federation (BMF)


  • Kim Bayley, Entertainment Retailers Association
  • Kevin Green, The Recruitment and Employment Confederation
  • Dawn Stott, Association for Perioperative Practice

Young Association Executive of the Year

Winner: Dominic Goudie, Food and Drinks Federation

The judges said: 
"Dominic gave energetic and thoughtful leadership to all FDF work on Brexit, both before and after the referendum and engaged members in the debate. Dominic’s steadying influence at a time of great change and uncertainty has been welcomed by members."


  • Andrew Chamberlain, The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE)
  • James Gribben, The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE)
  • Lydia Wakefield, The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE)
  • Natasha Levanti, Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE)

Effective Voice

Winner: Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed - Travel and Subsistence Tax Relief

The judges said:
"A well managed campaign, succeeded in influencing and gaining impact for their members, including the third who were estimated to close down as a result of the potential changes."


  • Employment Related Services Association - Employability Day 2016
  • Institute and Faculty of Actuaries - Providing relevant opportunities for members to volunteer
  • Recruitment and Employment Confederation - Jobs transform lives communications toolkit
  • World Obesity Federation - World Obesity Day

Best Social Media Campaign

Winner: British Dietetic Association - Dietitians Week

The judges said: 
"A strategic, well-considered and holistic approach to a social media campaign - creative, rich, planned content using a variety of channels, social media tools and platforms. Team effort across a number of departments."


  • Association of Accounting Technicians - #AATStudyHacks
  • College of Occupational Therapists - College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference 2016
  • Recruitment and Employment Confederation - #Certfie
  • Royal Society of Chemistry - 175 minutes for chemistry / #Time4Chem

Conference Development

Winner: Scottish Bakers - Scottish Bakers Annual Conference and Awards

The judges said:
"A very strong application. They have worked hard to really know their audience, the programme is impressive and the overall “feel” of the show is outstanding."


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

Best eLearning / Online Education

Winner: Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry -

The judges said:
"Well organised, outreach to educate. The project successfully tackles the issue of content management and continues away from the actual site by providing teachers with downladable content usable in the classroom. A clear vision for creating learning with impact!"


  • Association of Accounting Technicians - Student online learning AQ2016
  • Builders Merchant Federation - BMF Campus
  • Chartered Association of Building Engineers - ‘Webinar Wednesday’
  • Scottish Bakers -

Best Association Website

Winner: Building Engineering Services Association

The judges said:
"Significantly reduced their copy to produce a succinct more user-friendly and modern/vibrant site. Full CRM integration. Excellent to see the positive impact on member engagement."


  • Association for Language Learning
  • Incorporated Society of Musicians
  • Physio First
  • The Historical Association

Best Event Webcasting

Winner: Royal Academy of Dance - Genée International Ballet Competition

The judges said:
"A superb member experience reasonably priced, with a lot of thought about promotion. Not only judges were able to see performances but also the wider public including family & friends."


  • Racehorse Owners Association - AGM
  • Recruitment and Employment Confederation - Taking Stock of the EU Referendum Outcome

Best Association E-Newsletter

Winner: Association of Accounting Technicians

The judges said:
"Driven by member needs and segmentation insights, the AAT team delivered a highly optimised, accessible-to-all, personalised eNewsletter, producing tangible measurable results through an innovative approach. Well done for achieving this!"

Special Award: Recruitment & Employment Confederation


  • Federation of Holistic Therapists
  • Royal Pharmaceutical Society
  • UK Chamber of Shipping