Charity Times Awards 2015 – winners announced

Citizens Advice was named the Charity of the Year with an income over £10m at the Charity Times Awards in London last night.

Judges said the national charity sets a marker for others to emulate. It was recognised in particular for its clear objectives, backed up by solid outcomes data and evidence of how it is used.

Hundreds of leading figures from the UK charity sphere gathered at the Park Plaza Westminster last night to recognise excellence in the sector. Host Lucy Porter presented awards across 29 categories.

IntoUniversity was awarded Charity of the Year with an income of between £1m and £10m. The charity addresses academic underachievement, social exclusion and low participation among young people in deprived areas through a network of 18 local learning centres. It was rewarded for its excellent model, backed up by data and clear plans for focusing on areas of greatest need.

Charity of the Year with an income under £1m went to Unseen. The charity works towards a world without slavery through supporting survivors and potential victims, supporting stakeholders to tackle the problem, and seeking to bring about change in policy and society.

Unseen was commended by the judges for its innovative use of existing tools and networks to further its cause. Its excellent service delivery was also recognised alongside its campaigning work.

Now in their 16th year, the awards attracted hundreds of high quality entries which were then evaluated by an expert independent judging panel.

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


Consultancy of the Year
WINNER: International Fundraising Consultancy

Boutique Investment Management
WINNER: James Hambro & Partners

Investment Management
WINNER: Cazenove Charities

HR Management Award

Social Champion Award
WINNER: Handmade Alliance C.I.C.

Best Use of Technology
WINNER: Samaritans, Network Rail and Quadrant Events

Best Use of the Web
WINNER: Young Advisors

Rising CEO Star
WINNER: Suran Dickson, CEO, Diversity Role Models
Highly commended: Natasha Singarayer, The Abbeyfield Society

Charity Principal of the Year
WINNER: Caron Bradshaw, Chief Executive, Charity Finance Group

Corporate Community Local Involvement
WINNER: Enfield Citizens Advice Bureau/Warburtons Bakery Enfield

Corporate National Partnership Champion
WINNER: Prostate Cancer UK/Keyline

Corporate National Partnership of the Year with a Retailer
WINNER: The Prince's Trust/Asda

Corporate National Partnership of the Year with a Financial Institution
WINNER: Unicef UK/Barclays

Cross-sector Partnership of the Year
WINNER: London's Air Ambulance/Barts Health NHS Trust

Corporate Social Responsibility Project of the Year
WINNER: British Gas/Shelter
Highly commended: KPMG/Living Wage Foundation, Citizens UK

Fundraising Technology Award
WINNER: Givergy (formerly iBid Events)

Social Investment Initiative
WINNER: Career Connect

Community Award
WINNER: Missing People Charity

PR Team of the Year: with an income of less than £10 million
WINNER: Create

PR Team of the Year: with an income of more than £10 million
WINNER: Save the Children

Campaigning Team of the Year
WINNER: Cancer Research UK (CRUK) and Action on Smoking & Health (ASH)
Highly commended: The British Youth Council

Fundraising Team of the Year
WINNER: Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity

Financial Management Award

Outstanding Individual Achievement
WINNER: Les Heyhoe, Volunteer Fundraiser, KIDS

International Charity
WINNER: AfriKids

Best New Charity
WINNER: The Silver Line Helpline

Charity of the Year: with an income of less than £1 million
WINNER: Unseen
Highly commended: National Ugly Mugs Scheme

Charity of the Year: with an income of £1million - £10million
WINNER: IntoUniversity
Highly commended: Affinity Sutton Community Foundation

Charity of the Year: with an income of more than £10million
WINNER: Citizens Advice
Highly commended: Samaritans

The shortlist is available here.

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