Charity Times Awards 2019: winners revealed

Written by Charity Times
03/10/19

Community Integrated Care, Excellent Development and upReach were among the big winners at the Charity Times Awards 2019, which was celebrated at a packed London ceremony last night.

Hundreds of people gathered at the Westminster Park Plaza to see Community Integrated Care crowned the Charity of the Year (income over £10m), while Excellent Development took home the prize for Charity of the Year (income of £1-5m) and upReach topped the under £1m category.

This year, Action for Children chief executive, Julie Bentley, was presented with the Outstanding Individual Achievement Award.

Bentley was praised by judges for her incredible service to women, to the charity sector, and to children all over the world.

“Over her career as a CEO, she has developed her own unique leadership style and is proving to be a continual source of inspiration to other leaders within the sector,” they said.

"She uses honesty, humour and empathy to create a culture of transparency and trust within any organisation she works for. Coupled with her passion for young children and social justice, she has proven to excel in every single role she has taken on."

CLIC Sargent CEO, Kate Lee, was named Charity Principal of the Year for her “strong leadership style, her engaging use of social media and her fearless ability to make difficult decisions”.

The Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) chief executive, Bev Messenger, left with the prize for Rising CEO Star. Judges said she was “recruited into a challenging position and has rapidly instigated a programme that has returned the organisation to stability, whilst introducing new policies and a culture that has created new opportunities”.

The award for Supporting Executive of the Year was given to Kate Sheldon at Trees for Cities, who judges praised for her “long-term contribution to the rapid and exceptional growth and development” of the charity.

Now in their 20th year, the awards attracted hundreds of high quality entries, which were then evaluated by an expert independent judging panel.

In addition to the charity of the year and individual categories, the awards as always set out to recognise a variety of fields of charity management, celebrating the best standards of leadership and professionalism.

The full list of winners and highly commended entrants is available below.

Charity of the Year: with an income of more than £10 million
Winner: Community Integrated Care
Highly commended: Versus Arthritis

Charity of the Year: with an income of £1 million - £10 million
Winner: Excellent Development

Charity of the Year: with an income of less than £1 million
Winner: upReach

Outstanding Individual Achievement
Winner: Julie Bentley, Action for Children

Charity Principal of the Year
Winner: Kate Lee, CLIC Sargent

Supporting Executive of the Year
Winner: Kate Sheldon, Trees for Cities

Rising CEO Star
Winner: Bev Messinger, IOSH

Property Innovation Award
Winner: Caudwell Children

Information Security Innovation Award – in partnership with Charities Security Forum
Winner: British Heart Foundation

Corporate Social Responsibility Project of the Year
Winner: OVO Energy and the Conservation Volunteers

Corporate Community Local Involvement
Winner: CPSL Mind and Jagex

Cross-sector Partnership of the Year
Winner: The Cellar Trust & The Bradford District Foundation NHS Care Trust & Bradford Metropolitan Local Authority
Highly commended: Dementia Revolution from Alzheimer's Research UK and Alzheimer's Society

Corporate National Partnership Champion
Winner: Citizens Advice Plymouth and EDF Energy

Corporate National Partnership with a Financial Institution
Winner: Earthwatch, WaterAid, WWF and HSBC
Highly commended: Rays of Sunshine and Deutsche Bank

Corporate National Partnership with a Retailer
Winner: FareShare, Trussell Trust and Asda

Campaigning Team of the Year
Winner: Pancreatic Cancer UK

PR Team of the Year
Winner: Living Streets

HR Management Award
Winner: Parentkind

Change Project of the Year
Winner: Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)

Best Social Media Presence
Winner: Battersea Cats & Dogs Home

Fundraising Team of the Year
Winner: Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice

Fundraising Innovation Award
Winner: Pilgrims Hospices

Best Use of Technology
Winner: stem4

Investment Management Award
Winner: Newton Investment Management

Boutique Investment Management Award
Winner: James Hambro & Partners




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