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Friday, October 5, 2012

Management trail blazers recognised at national awards ceremony

The achievements and expertise of the UK's best managers and management teams were recognised at the Chartered Management Institute's national awards ceremony in London last night.

In total, 11 management and leadership awards, along with the Chartered Manager of the Year Award, were presented by the CMI in categories which included outstanding leader, young achiever and social responsibility management.

The Awards judge organisations, teams and individual managers by looking at issues including financial success, ethical conduct, people management, effective communications and a sustainable approach to leadership. The winners were chosen from a shortlist of more than 50 finalists from different sections and regions in the UK.

Andrew Knott MBE/CMgr FCMI, commanding officer at HM forces, was named Chartered Manager of the Year and picked up the gong for delivering significant value to the new organisation he moved to following is departure from the military.

Through his work at Nalco, an environmental sustainability company, Knott has doubled the training capacity of the organisation and has designed a bespoke programme to cater for the development needs of all the individuals in the company. The judges felt Andrew's commitment to continuing professional development and the impact he made through applying learning and instigating new processes made him a worthy winner.

Knott said: "The change from my role in the military to my role now was a massive leap and one that would have been difficult to bridge if I didn't have core management principles to draw on.

"The management and leadership skills I have built throughout my career, my continued professional development and the high quality accreditations I've worked towards, such as Chartered Manager, have given me everything I need to successfully make some real changes to Nalco and the team I work with.

"I'm thrilled to be awarded the Chartered Manager of the Year award, especially when the competition is so fierce, and I congratulate all of the shortlisted individuals."

Ann Francke, CEO of the CMI, added: "It has been an inspiration to meet these management trail blazers.

"All those shortlisted should be extremely proud and continue to demonstrate the levels of professionalism, dedication and excellence that they have been commended for.

"The quality of management in the UK needs to be raised to compete with the rest of the world, especially as the economic slump continues and when business and consumer confidence is worryingly low. Strong leadership is what matters for organisations and at CMI we feel it is important to celebrate those achieving great results."

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