Rich Leigh was nominated and shortlisted for the Suzy Spirit Award in 2015, by his colleague Jamie.
Rosie, project director at Forster, was chosen from a shortlist of five by a panel of judges made up of Suzy’s father, Canon John Carter, a former BBC producer and journalist; Suzy’s husband Alex Ferguson; Sally O’Neill, VP International at LEWIS; Rachel Godwin, corporate communications director at Progress Software; and Gorkana MD, Jeremy Thompson.
John said: “The standard of entries was very high and the five shortlisted candidates showed the qualities this award is all about: integrity, leadership, kindness and inspiration. But the judging panel unanimously agreed to give the award to Rosie.
“We felt Rosie exemplified all the attributes we were looking for in one person. In her work, she shows a true team approach, encouraging and inspiring colleagues whilst being a very successful PR professional.
“Outside work, she dedicates her time to helping others, using communications to bring people together and tackle problems, and inspiring members of the community and volunteers.
“We are delighted Rosie is the inaugural winner of this very special award.”
The other four finalists were Ken Deeks, director at The Amber group; Helen McCusker, MD of Booked PR; Brontae Orme, PR and marketing manager at Itec Connect and Ruth Royston, partner at Tulchan Communications.
A combined donation of £4,500 from LEWIS, Gorkana and Progress is being given to BCUK to cover the vital work of a health promotion officer for a month in London.