Tony Reeve 'Hero of the Year'

Tony Reeve wins ‘Hero of the Year’ at Professional Services Recognition Awards

Business School Facilities Coordinator Tony Reeve won the prestigious ‘David Allen Hero of the Year’ (people’s choice) award at the fourth annual PSRA awards held in Holland Hall on Friday 11 July.

Hero of the Year recognises an individual who has made a major impact or achieved significant results over the past year. The award recognises staff who may work 'behind the scenes' but, without whom, this important success or impact would not have been achieved.

The evening was hosted by Simon Wright and Anna Russell, 190 guests gathered to find out who had won in each of the seven awards categories. The Vice-Chancellor, Sir Steve Smith and Acting Chief Operating Officer, Geoff Pringle also conveyed their thanks and good wishes to all PS staff for their hard work over the past year.

Speaking at the end of the evening Geoff Pringle said: “I was delighted to see the variety of projects that PS staff undertake across the University that contribute towards making this such a fantastic place to work and study. All the winners thoroughly deserved their award and I congratulate them, but I am also immensely proud of the whole PS team who all play their part in the overall success of the institution.”

560 nominations were received from staff and students across six categories - a 276% increase on the 149 nominations received in 2013. The David Allen Hero/Heroine of the Year award was decided for the first time this year by a public vote. The Judging Panel sifted through nominations and drew up a shortlist of five candidates, with the overall winner being decided by University staff in an online vote.

When asked about his win Tony said “I was totally shocked, it was very unexpected! It’s nice to be nominated by the staff and students that you work with every day. I’ve never won anything like this before, it’s lovely to be appreciated and recognised for the job you do.”

Dean of the Business School, Professor Robin Mason congratulated Tony “I'm really delighted that Tony Reeve was recognised as the David Allen Hero of the Year. Anyone who has met and worked with Tony will know that this award is richly deserved. It's great that Tony is not a secret within the Business School: his fantastic contribution is known throughout the University.”

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Date: 17 July 2014

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