Inspiring Communicator Awards

CharityComms’ Inspiring Communicators Awards recognise and celebrate people who are inspirational communicators within or for their organisations.

They’re like an OBE for services not to the Empire, but to charity communications. They highlight those people who particularly demonstrate professionalism, expertise and above all are inspirational in their use of communications for a cause or charity.

Nominations for the 2019 Inspiring Communicator Awards will open in September.

About the Inspiring Communicator Awards

The Inspiring Communicator Awards recognise and celebrate people who are inspirational communicators within or for their organisations.

Our Awards highlight those people who particularly demonstrate professionalism, expertise and above all are inspirational in their use of communications for a cause or charity.

Who can be entered?

Anybody can be entered – colleague, employee, manager, volunteer, consultant/agency contact, even your CEO. The nominee doesn’t have to have ‘communications’ in their job title – just running through their veins. Remember: these awards are for individuals, we couldn’t accept entries for a full comms team or groups of colleagues. 

What does it cost?

It’s free to nominate if you are an individual or organisational member or a corporate partner of CharityComms. Nominations were only accepted from CharityComms members. If you’re not sure if you or your organisation is a CharityComms member, or would like to join, please contact sarah.clarke@charitycomms.org.uk.

Nominees do not need to be a CharityComms member.

What are the criteria for winning an award?

At its most basic, the winners will be inspiring. The kind of criteria the judges will be looking at include:

  • Their professionalism and high standards
  • Their innovation and creativity
  • Their communications internally
  • Their communications with volunteers
  • Their dedication to their work
  • Their championing of the cause/charity externally
  • Their pioneering of new communications skills and knowledge
  • Their efforts to help others in the charity sector be better overall communicators
  • Their ability to make things happen

The more areas a person is inspiring in the better – but the judges will be looking for what shines through most strongly in the nominations.

How do I nominate someone?

Submissions for nominations will open in September 2019. Nominators will fill in a four-question nomination form. It’s as simple as that. Here are our rules for nomination:

  • Please don’t tell the person that you are nominating them, to avoid disappointment if they don’t win!
  • Feel free to nominate more than one candidate – just be sure to fill in a form for each, and don’t forget – no teams
  • No selfies, please!
  • And remember that the judges will be basing their decision on this entry form, so please try and do your nominee justice

Who is judging the awards?

The judges for the 2019 awards will be confirmed later this year. The judges for the 2018 awards were Adeela Warley, CEOr of CharityComms; CharityComms’ chair of trustees John Grounds; Inspiring Communicator Award 2017 winners Jon Ware (digital communicator now working as digital engagement manager at Alzheimer’s Society), Zoe Amar (director at Zoe Amar Digital); and CharityComms trustees Lucy Devine, director of communications at Stonewall, and Clive Gardiner, head of digital at NSPCC.

Who’s won in the past?

Winners included experts across the full range of communications specialisms, including brand, PR, marketing, media, story-telling, digital and more. Take a look at the full list.

What’s the deadline for entering?

More information on this will be coming soon. The 2019 winners will be announced at our Awards evening on 28 November 2019.

Any questions? Please email sarah.cutress@charitycomms.org.uk