Henry Playfoot, Strategy Director at Claremont was named winner of the 2016 Suzy Spirit Award at the ceremony held at Telefonica’s HQ in London.
The previous year’s winner Nicola Green, Director of Communications and Reputation at O2 paid tribute to the nominees by urging them, in the words of Adele’s tour confetti to remember that ‘everyone loves the things that you do’.
After a record number of nominations, and an inspiring shortlist of five, the judges declared Playfoot the third winner as his self-effacing and unassuming character hugely impressed them.
His nominator, Ben Caspersz said “Behaviour that is impressive to others, Henry sees as normal. He does what he does without calculation of what he’ll get back.”
When asked what inspires Henry in life he said “Other acts of kindness from others in my life has massively impacted me.”
Playfoot started his career in multi-platform campaigns for the Department of Health and the BBC, before he co-founded his own digital comms firm in 2000. He joined Claremont in 2014 as strategy director.
The other four finalists shortlisted for the 2016 Suzy Ferguson Spirit Award 2016 were Chloe Couchman, Head of PR at Merlin Entertainments (formerly PR director at Carlson Wagonlit Travel when nominated); Anita Glover, Head of Corporate Comms at MHS Homes Limited; Chloe Staniforth, Account Executive at Cream Consultancy; and Louise Thompson, Marketing and PR Manager for Dalton Park retail outlet.
Jeremy Thompson, EMEA MD at Cision (owner of Gorkana) said: “The winner of the Suzy Spirit Award is intended to recognise an individual of exceptional character, integrity and determination, in memory of Suzy Ferguson, who inspired so many at LEWIS and the broader PR industry.
This year’s winner is no different – he has inspired those around him and has done so with genuine humility. Henry is a worthy winner and epitomises that spirit which we look for.”
There are now two categories in the 2017 awards, The Suzy Spirit Rising Star, and The Suzy Spirit Inspiration Award, nominations are open until 23rd December 2016, so nominate someone exceptional today.