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SuperAchievers Awards 2017

SuperAchievers Awards 2017 returned for its 6th year running and we're proud to reveal this year's inspirational award winners.

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SuperAchievers 2017 Winners!

We’re delighted to announce the winners of our SuperAchievers Awards 2017!
Congratulations to all the winners, finalists on their achievement, and thank you to all who took the time to nominate and vote in this year’s awards.

WINNER: Boss of the Year

Natasha Manota

Inspirational Campaigner Makes an Impact and Secures Top Award Win!

We’re delighted to introduce the winner of Boss of the Year, Natasha Manota! Read on to find out more about this inspirational leader...

Natasha is Head of Learning & Development at Karma Nirvana. She is a qualified Barrister who has advocated nationally to change policy and practice within the abuse sector of forced marriage/honour abuse, this has led to changes in the law both civil and criminal. Natasha made the decision to make an impact in a different way and that was through education. This led to Natasha entering the field of professional development with a view to embedding learning across multi-agencies.

Asked what they thought Natasha’s greatest achievement was her initiation and development of national police training which led to the first police specialised risk assessment tool and a 3 day training course. Natasha identified national support which led to working in partnership with South Wales Police and survivors so that police and survivors guided the content. The development stages highlighted real policing challenges in a complex area which Natasha brought to the attention of the Home Secretary. After successful lobbying and ensuring a consultation, this led to a national government inspection into all 43 forces by HMIC (Her Majesties Inspection of Constabularies). This was the first inspection of its kind and led to clear recommendations to ensure improvements in policing. Natasha sits at this table and was one of the peer inspectors.

Training for this initiative has now been delivered to 26 national police forces. This equates to 29 courses delivered and over 600 specialist officers using the specialised risk assessment which was used to secure the very first criminal conviction of forced marriage.

A project of such magnitude and importance was met with great challenges and Natasha’s tenacity and personal input ensured the success of the project with over 50% of UK forces implementing the training. Natasha also personally delivered the training and was awarded an Antony Walker Scholarship to undertake legal training as one who was recognised as committed to driving change even when personally challenged.

Natasha was put forward for this award not only just because of her dedication to her work but also because she inspires a team. They said “What makes Natasha a great boss is that she nurtures and develops her team which enables them to perform better; they are retained and happier. Basically Natasha provides a personal investment in her team, with a genuine and strong human conviction but with passion and honesty. This is really appreciated by team members and she does it with great humility and sees potential that in turn changes other for the better.” They continued “Natasha is task focused and works with attention to detail for the good of the team and individuals. It is often commented in our office how Natasha is our 'port in a storm' we can all go to her with any issue and have the confidence that she will provide a considered, knowledgeable, patient and often diplomatic response. These levels of communication in our team whereby we are dealing with demanding and complex issues are so important.”

When asked what keeps her motivated they said “Natasha’s motivation is rooted in the need to shift policy and practice. She has a thirst for knowledge and to pass on that knowledge to others for it to spread like wildflowers!” they continued “When originally asked in her nomination why she should win this award they said “Natasha shines in all that she does and has the ability to take people with her, which is evident in the impact she has made in UK policing. The tactics employed both strategically and politically in tackling the problem, combined with Natasha’s personable approach of listening and remaining open with great patience makes her a Super Achiever”.

Natasha received praise from many of the judges in their deliberations with judge Lucy Brazier saying “What an exceptional candidate!” She continued “It is rare to balance driving the kind of change that Natasha has achieved with being a well-liked and respected boss. This was such an impressive entry. Natasha has changed thousands of lives, impacted communities and challenged established perceptions whilst bringing her team with her every step of the way. Her entry made me want to stand up and cheer. Inspirational doesn’t even start to cover it!”

Jennifer Corcoran also praised Natasha saying “Natasha Manota is not only a boss - it's crystal clear from all of the glowing accolades from her employees that she is a true leader who inspires and motivates all of her team members. I was blown away by her entry. Here is clearly a woman with integrity who has set clear goals, a clear communication style, a good example and is providing a direction and recognition to her team members. Natasha appreciates the power of collaboration and cooperation and is making a well-deserved impact in UK policing. Simon Sinek has said that a good leader makes you feel safe so it was lovely to read that one employee considers Natasha their 'port in a storm'. A true SuperAchiever!”

The Prizes!

Winners not only gain International recognition - they will also be presented with:

  • A prestigious SuperAchievers Award
  • A cash prize of £500 to help them on their way to achieving their goals!
  • A distance learning training course (courtesy of Pitman Training Group)

PLUS: There will be special prizes will be awarded to winners of individual categories, including:

  • A 1-to-1 mentoring call with Claire Barratt and the creation of ClaireaBella character of the winner, for this year's Working Mum of the Year.
  • A 1 hour personal impact review with Jennifer Corcoran - 'Brand YOU' which will review the LinkedIn profile and personal branding of PA of the Year Winner.

The Judging Panel

We’re pleased to introduce our SuperAchievers Judging Panel. Click below to find out more about them.

Lucy Brazier

Lucy Brazier

Lucy works with the best trainers of Executive Assistants from around the world to deliver the most up to date and current training in the market.

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Claire Barrat

Claire Barratt

With passion, determination and a lot of long hours Claire has developed an award winning brand with retail sales over £2m per annum, from a £30 loan and an evening crafting at her kitchen table.

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John Adams

John Adams

Winner of 'Best UK Dad Blog', John combines raising his two daughters with running and regularly comments in national media on how men struggle to achieve work/life balance.

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Jennifer Corcoran

Jennifer Corcoran

Where so many are vying to be visible, Jennifer Corcoran, our SuperAchievers 'PA of the Year' in 2016 and London PA Awards 'Most Networked PA' has become a commodity in demand.

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Diane Rose

Diane Rose

Director of Membership and Assessment, at the CPD Standards Office: A global accreditation service who campaign nationally for excellence in lifelong training and actively promote CPD across all industry sectors.

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