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The Shine Awards are open to women, men, and businesses operating within the hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism industries in the UK. Individuals and businesses can nominate themselves, or can submit a nomination on behalf of another individual or business.
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ENTRIES CLOSED FOR 2017
Ambassador of the Year (male or female nominees)
This category is open to people (both male and female) working in the hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism industries who have made an outstanding contribution to championing gender diversity with their organisation and industry. They will be actively working to help increase the number of women in leadership roles in the hospitality, leisure, travel and/or tourism industries.
The Ambassador of the Year winner will be someone who:
- Is passionate about striving for gender diversity at work, and the business benefits that it delivers
- Is actively involved in driving the gender diversity agenda within their business or industry. Examples include:
- creating and implementing gender diversity initiatives within their organisation (such as training programmes,mentoring schemes, networking events, internal communications etc.)
- speaking on the topic of gender diversity at events and conferences
- contributing to thought leadership on the topic of gender diversity (writing articles, blogs, taking part in debates on social media etc.)
- Has helped to deliver ameasurable, positive impact on the number of women working in leadership roles and/or the number or people actively supporting the gender diversity agenda asa result of their activities
- Is widely recognised as a champion for gender diversity within their organisation and/or industry
Apprentice of the Year (female nominees only)
This category is open to women who are currently undertaking an apprenticeship within the hospitality, leisure, travel or tourism industry, and have stood out from their peers. They may have achieved great accomplishments in their work, or have shown outstanding commitment that has added value to their company.
The Apprentice of the Year will be someone who:
● Is either currently on or has completed a hospitality, leisure, travel or tourism apprenticeship programme, at any level, in the past 12 months
● Has made a sizeable and positive impact on her employer’s business
● Shows a strong commitment to learning and her ongoing personal development
● Acts as a positive ambassador for apprenticeships
● Stands out from her peers – she goes above and beyond what is normally expected for an apprentice in her role.
Best Initiative to Retain and Develop Women (open to businesses)
This category is open to businesses that have put a specific initiative in place to retain and develop its female staff. The nomination should focus on one particular initiative, rather than all diversity-related activities across the business as a whole.
The Best Initiative to Retain and Develop Women will be an initiative that:
- Is specifically focussed on trying to retain and develop female staff within the business, which will help achieve a better gender balance within teams and at management level. Examples could include:
- A training and development programme for female staff
- A programme of support forwomen returning to work after maternity leave
- A campaign to engage with and gain feedback/suggestions from female employees
- An internal network for women
- A mentoring programme
- A job-sharing or flexible working initiative
- Has been active within the past 12 months
- Has clear, measurable objectives
Best Place for Women to Work (open to businesses)
This category is open to businesses in the hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism industries where women want to work –businesses that understand the value of gender-balanced teams, and are making an active effort to retain and develop their female talent.
The Best Place for Women to Work will be a business that:
- Has gender diversity as a keypart of its business strategy across the whole organisation
- Is actively working to recruit, train and retain female talent across all levels of the organisation. Examples include:
- Setting targets and timescalesfor achieving a balance of men and women in leadership roles
- Recruitment strategies that are designed to ensure a good balance of male and female candidates
- A gender-balanced approach to succession planning
- Mentoring programmes or support networks/groups for female employees
- Specific training and development programmes for female staff, with the aim of building a female talent pipeline
- Employee surveys to gain feedback/suggestions from female employees
- Active support for women returning to work after maternity leave
- Flexible working arrangements that enable both women and men to balance work and caring responsibilities
- Has a clear balance between men and women in leadership roles across the organisation, or is able to demonstrate a clear improvement in the number of women working in leadership roles in the past 12 months
Chef of the Year (female nominees only)
This category is open to female chefs across all sectors of the hospitality industry. They will have made an outstanding contribution in their field through their achievements, innovation, and passion for the industry.
The Chef of the Year will be someone who:
● Has made a major contribution through innovation in cooking techniques, styles of cuisine and the understanding of culinary processes
● Plays a strong and significant role in the day-to-day operations of an outlet or outlets
● Acts as an inspirational role model for other women aspiring to become chefs and build successful careers
● Makes a wider contribution to the hospitality through involvement in education, charity or general promotion of the industry’s interests
Innovator of the Year (female nominees only)
This award is open to women working at all levels in the hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism industries who have delivered significant success for their business by thinking outside of the box. They are the mavericks - the ones that want to ‘do things differently’!
The Innovator of the Year will be someone who:
- Has implemented a creative idea or initiative (or multiple ideas) that has delivered measurable success for the business in the past 12 months (this can be either internal or external)
- Continues to push the boundaries and comes up with creative ideas and initiatives to drive the business forward
- Challenges traditional ways of thinking and encourages others within the organisation to do the same
- Is a creative role model for women in her business and/or industry
Mentor of the Year (male or female nominees)
This category is open to people (both male and female) who are actively supporting women to succeed in their careers within the hospitality, leisure, travel or tourism industry through mentoring. This can be as part of a formal mentoring programme or informal mentoring relationship.
The Mentor of the Year will be someone who:
- Has mentored at least one womanin the hospitality, leisure, travel or tourism industry within the past 12 months - either as part of a formal mentoring programme, or an informal mentoring relationship
- Inspires change and continuous improvement from their mentees
- Shares their knowledge and experience willingly with others
- Has had a clear impact on their mentees’ careers (testimonials from mentees themselves should be provided) - for example:
- Improved confidence
- Taking on more responsibility within their role
- Successful career change into another area of the business/industry
- Overcoming a particular problem/issue etc.
- Acts as a role model to women working in their organisation and industry
Rising Star (female nominees only)
This category is open to women under the age of 30, who are developing quickly within their roles and showing significant promise early on in their careers. They may be future leaders, already heading up teams, or forming their own companies, and are the 'ones to watch' for the future.
The Rising Star will be someone who:
- Has progressed quickly within the hospitality, leisure, travel or tourism industry in a relatively short space of time
- Has achieved clear, measurable results for her organisation in the past 12 months
- Stands out from her peers – she goes above and beyond what is normally expected for her age/role
- Continues to invest in her professional development
The Robyn Jones Lifetime Achievement Award (female nominees only)
This award is for a woman that has demonstrated long-term dedication to the hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism industry and excellence in her career.
The Robyn Jones Lifetime Achievement Award winner will be someone who:
- Has enjoyed a long career working at various levels within the hospitality, leisure, travel or tourism industry
- Has demonstrated significant, measurable businesses achievements and successes throughout their career
- Has demonstrated flexibility and adaptability in a changing industry
- Has demonstrated long-term commitment to her industry (for example involvement with industry groups and associations, campaigns, non-exec board roles within the industry etc.)
- Continues to develop both personally and professionally
Woman of the Year (female nominees only)
This category is open to women working in senior leadership roles (director level or higher) in the hospitality, leisure travel and tourism industries who have demonstrated excellence in leadership, whilst helping to deliver significant company growth, over the past 12 months.
The Woman of the Year should be someone who:
- Has made an outstanding contribution to delivering measurable success for her business – particularlyin the past 12 months
- Demonstrates significant professional achievements in the past 12 months
- Demonstrates innovation and ambition in driving her organisation forward
- Is seen as a strong andrespected leader
- Continues to invest in her professional development, and that of her team