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have brought in a fresh perspective to this category. Guy Bloom along with Kevin Johnson and Colin Jellicoe judged our most competitive category – best leadership programme – although only Guy and Colin were able to judge at interview stage. T e week closed with Andy Lancaster, head of learning and content development at the CIPD and previous TJ Award winner, joining forces with Jane Elliott Poxon to judge the L&D professional of the year. T e following week started with


the sales training and not-for-profi t categories. Judges Tim Royds and Clare O’Shea brought their wealth of expertise in sales training to judge a strong group of fi nalists in this category. While in the afternoon, I joined Perry Timms to interview our third-sector fi nalists. Steadfast TJ Awards judge Graham


O’Connell was joined by new judge Tony Shaw to decide on the best in the public sector – this will be Graham’s last outing as a judge for the TJ Awards and he will be sorely missed. Margaret Burnside, another regular in the judging team, joined new member of the group Yvette Wise to decide on the best team category. New judges Garry Goldman and Rachel Kuftinoff did the judging in





service, and Sati Kaur and David James the operational fi nalists – their experience stood us in good stead. If you would like to fi nd out more about our judges, you can visit www.trainingjournalawards.com/judges.


The Gala Dinner and Networking Lunch


The winners are announced at the Gala Dinner held at The Brewery in London ... a fabulous backdrop to the event


the popular partnership category – but Rachel fl ew solo at the interview stage as Garry was unexpectedly unable to attend. Other newbies Beverley Aylott and Emma Sawula in the OD category rose to the challenge of judging a subject close to their hearts – and admitted it was a very enjoyable process. I joined forces with Paul Warner to


judge the apprenticeship category – the entries were strong with some inspiring stories of how apprenticeships are changing lives today. T e fi nal day of judging saw Anne-Marie Hearne and Sarah Cook tackling customer


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T e interview stage decides on the winners and there will be gold, silver and bronze awards in each category. T e winners are announced at the Gala Dinner held at T e Brewery in London on Tuesday, December 6. It is a great fi nale to the awards and the fantastic Porter Tun room at T e Brewery pro- vides a fabulous backdrop to the event. Last year nearly 600 fi nalists,


sponsors and guests from the L&D industry gathered to mark the occasion and to recognise the best work being undertaken in learning and development in the UK and beyond. T e pictures on these pages give you a sense of the occasion and TJ looks forward to welcoming our fi nalists for 2016 in December. To enhance the experience, TJ


Awards 2016 will be off ering, to those attending the Gala Dinner, a chance to attend a networking lunch on Wednesday, December 7 from 11am


to 3pm. Here you can chat to winners, other fi nalists, judges and sponsors and have the opportunity to learn a little more about the TJ Awards process and what makes a winning entry. To book a place at the Gala Dinner


visit www.trainingjournalawards.com and for the Networking Lunch please email Debbie Carter at debbie.carter@trainingjournal.com or telephone +44 (0)1353 699090.


Our thanks go to our sponsors: DPG, Blue Sky Performance Improvement, CIPD, The CPD Standards Offi ce, GetMyFirstJob, ncfe and Skillsoft


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