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.

The winners will be announced at our awards evening on Thursday 23 November.

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, so please don’t nominate your whole 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 will only be 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 angela@charitycomms.org.uk. Nominations are now closed for 2017.

You don’t need to worry whether the person you are nominating is a member or not.

What are the criteria for winning an award?

At its most basic, the person nominated needs to 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 at your nomination for what you feel shines through most strongly.

How do I nominate someone?

Nominations are now closed for 2017. But when the awards open again, you just need to fill in a four question nomination form. It’s as simple as that. 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 (although you’ll need 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 2017 awards are Adeela Warley, director of CharityComms; CharityComms’ chair of trustees John Grounds; Inspiring Communicator Award 2016 winners Gemma Ellis (senior communications officer, Bliss), Adam Petrie (director of communications and marketing, Shooting Star Chase); and CharityComms trustees Donna Holland, director of fundraising and development, The Mix and Jess Abelscroft, digital workplace lead at Citizens Advice.

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?

Nominations are now closed. The winners will be announced at our Awards evening on 23 November.

Any questions? Please email robyn@charitycomms.org.uk