25 May 2022

Organising and Communications Awards 2022

The three award winners were announced at conference this afternoon.

The Organising and Communications Awards have three categories: individual, team and new activist.

The winner in this year’s individual award is Jasmine Lota from British Museum, with commendations going to Melvyn Hill from OCS in HMCTS, Ross Seymour from R&C Benton Park View, David Breton from R&C Cumbernauld, and Frank Hemmes from OFGEM.

Jasmine was chosen as winner because she had been involved in setting up a new health and safety committee during Covid, revamped the group black members’ structure, improved membership density and communications and encouraged the use of digital tools both in her branch and the group.

The winner of the team award is DVLA Swansea BEC. The committee won for its use of advocates during both the DVLA ballot and the national ballot, as well as its increased use of social media (with over 2000 members on their Facebook page), regular members’ meetings, Callhub use, regular newsletters and use of digital tools. Sarah Evans accepted the award on behalf of the branch.

Commendations in the team awards go to The Design Museum , OCS reps in HMCTS, DWP Nottinghamshire and Revenue and Customs Cumbernauld

The winner of the new activist award is Tom Westgarth from DWP Tyneside and Northumbria.

Tom has been a rep since October 2021. During the recent national ballot he contacted over 800 members to encourage them to vote, and has recruited many new members, many of them young members. He has also supported other reps in their work and devised a comms plan at Benton Park View.

Commendations in the new activist award go to Paul Humphreys from DFT Yorkshire and Humber and John Mapletoft from DWP Nottinghamshire.