I had the fortune of working with Suzy for more than 10 years. I’ve seen the positive impact she had on colleagues and clients in the UK and globally over many years. I am privileged to be part of this award, which recognises her integrity and determination, and the inspiration she was to so many.
I’m the MD of Cision EMEA and have had firsthand experience of bowel cancer in my family. I feel privileged to be associated with the Suzy Spirit Award because, in an industry which is full of awards, this one is different; it recognises individuals who are good at their job but are also inspirational outside of the workplace. I’m looking forward to working with the rest of the judging panel to find two stars of 2017.
I’m the winner of the 2016 Suzy Spirit Award and I’m delighted to join the judging panel this year, it will be such a privilege to hear stories about people who make a difference in the lives of those around them. We all go on about PR and comms being about people but the Suzy Spirit Awards are the only ones that let us recognise our colleagues for who they are, and how they make us feel.
A former BBC producer and journalist, I have been running communications for the church in part of the Yorkshire region for 16 years. Both as Suzy’s father and being involved in public relations, I hope the award can honour someone of integrity and leadership who encourages and inspires those around them.
I’m Suzy’s husband and I’m looking for someone with her character traits: hard working, attention to detail, passion and kindness. She loved her job and loved her colleagues. The person you nominate should love both of these too!