The dedication and hard work of our Vice Chair, Claire Oakes, has been formally recognised and rewarded at buffet lunch event, held at the House of Lords, by being named as the winner of the Maurice Adamson Award for 2017.

The award, which is open for nominations for elected members of any of the UK’s Safety Group’s Committee Members, serves to recognise ‘The Outstanding contribution from an individual to the Safety Groups Movement’ and is just reward for the diligence Claire has shown in her various roles on NWCSG’s Executive Committee over the past 12 years or so.

The event, which was attended by the great and good of Safety Groups UK’s membership, saw Claire presented with her award by┬áThe Lord Brougham and Vaux, President of SGUK. Claire was accompanied on her visit to London by Kenny Humphreys, NWCSG Chair and Philip Grundy, the Group’s PR Officer.

Celebrating with Claire after the event, Kenny Humphreys said, “Claire was such a worthy nominee and winner of this award. She has worked tirelessly to support the aims of the Group for as long as I have been a member and she has been a fantastic mentor and inspiration to me since she became the Group’s vice chair. I know that Claire also won a ROSPA Guardian Angel Award a few years back, so it’s great that she now has another award for her mantelpiece!”

Claire, who spends her working time as SHEQ Director of the Blackpool-based firm, Create Construction, said, “It’s lovely to be rewarded for my work with NWCSG, though it was totally unexpected! I feel really proud and privileged to have received a nomination from the other NWCSG Committee members. When I heard I had been nominated, I really didn’t think about winning, so to have done so is just brilliant!”