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Educators’ Trust Announcement: Awards 2021    24 February 2021

The Trust of the Worshipful Company of Educators announced today the winners of its 2021 Awards for Outstanding Educators.  The Chairman of the Trust, Dr Jennifer Somerville, was delighted with the response to the call for nominations. “This year of the COVID-19 pandemic has been horrendous for the education sector.  Leaders, teachers and governors of our schools, colleges and universities faced the enormous challenge of converting to online institutions. And let’s not forget the myriad of charities who have transformed their specialist and enriching learning into virtual experiences for students.  Yet they all found the time to nominate some of the most outstanding candidates we have ever had. It has been a most humbling experience.”

The Trust’s main award, the Inspirational Educator Award, the theme of which was ‘Environmental Education’ received nominations from both large national and modest local organisations in the field. The panel of judges said that every one of the nominees was outstanding.

The eight winners, listed in alphabetical order, are:

Donna Ashlee, Assistant Principal, Brockhill Park Performing Arts College, Kent, nominated by Linking Environment and Farming, (LEAF), Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire
Gabrielle Back, National leader in environmental education, Founder and Chair of SAVERS Charity, nominated by SAVERS, Coventry
Katy Barton, Iver Environmental Centre Manager, nominated by Groundwork South
Kate Bygrave, Learning Project Officer, nominated by the Green Spaces Dpt, City of London Corporation
Ann Finlayson, National and international leader in environmental education, Founder and CEO of Sustainability and Environmental Education (SEEd), nominated by Oxford Brookes University
Heather Greenwood, Gardening Teacher & ‘Grow It’ Champion, Birkwood Primary School, Barnsley, nominated by The Helen Hamlyn Trust, London
Mark Stead, National Learning Manager, nominated by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Gloucestershire
Brender Wilmott, Lecturer and Project Officer, Beach Rangers Academy, nominated by Cornwall College.

In addition, exceptionally, Andrew Copsey, Lecturer and Mountain Leader, nominated by Capel Manor College, Enfield, was awarded a Highly Commended citation.

Other individual awards were won by:

Terri Duhon, Board Member, Morgan Stanley & Rathbones, Associate Fellow, Oxford University, nominated by Speakers for Schools, London – The Mary Lou Carrington Legacy Award for a Businesswoman with a Significant Contribution to Education

Paul Jackson, Head of Manorfield Primary School, London, nominated by the Master of the Worshipful Company of Educators, Richard Evans – The Master’s Award for Curriculum Innovation Leadership

Viv Lawes, Lecturer in Art Histories and Antiquarian, nominated by The City & Guilds London Art School – The Geoffrey Bond Bursary Award for Art

Glen Stewart, Director of Professional Development, nominated by the National Centre for Circus Arts, London – The Keith Hutton Legacy Bursary Award for Theatre and Performing Arts.

The Trust and the Prisoners’ Education Trust regret that it was not possible to award their joint ‘Prison Educator of the Year’ Award 2021, because of Covid restrictions.

The Trust and the Worshipful Company of Educators wishes all its winners most hearty congratulations.

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The Worshipful Company of Educators is the 109th Livery Company to be granted this status by the City of London. It was founded in 2001 within the philanthropic tradition of the City of London livery companies. It provides a forum through meetings and social occasions to bring together members from all parts of the education world to discuss and exchange views on matters of topical interest. The Company also operates a charitable fund to support individuals and projects that develop the process of learning and its management, encouraging and rewarding those individuals through appropriate grants, awards and medals.

In pursuit of these aims, the Company is inclusive in its membership and activities, transcending the traditional boundaries between the different sectors, and particularly between academe and business insofar as the latter concerns itself with education, training, and development. It believes that it is unique in providing this cross-sector forum. Furthermore, “Education” is lifelong learning – from cradle to grave – a dynamic process needing investment of money, time, energy and enthusiasm.

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