Business Charity Awards: Outstanding Employee - Winner: Janet Cleverley

For an individual in a company who has made an exceptional contribution to charity with the support of his or her employer

Janet Cleverley
Janet Cleverley

Who is the winner?

Janet Cleverley is a mortgage operations manager at the Co-operative Bank and is responsible for more than 300 employees. She has worked at the bank since 2000 and during that time has tirelessly promoted the bank's cooperative ethos and the need to support the charity sector.

Janet Cleverley with Huw EdwardsWhat did she do?

Last year Cleverley encouraged 210 employees at the bank to become involved with community team challenges in support of local charities. The team committed to undertaking two challenges a month for the whole year. The projects they undertook included carrying out restoration work for the Rudyard Lake Trust in Staffordshire and Parrswood Environmental Centre in Greater Manchester. Cleverley also participated in a one-off challenge to renovate the dilapidated premises of the Youth Federation in Macclesfield, Cheshire.

Why did she win?

Cleverley was chosen because of her ability to get employees at all levels of the organisation to support local community groups. She has also succeeded in ensuring a long-term commitment to year-long challenges in the division of the company in which she works.

What did the judges say?

Alexander Nicoll, director of CSR at Capital Shopping Centres, said: "I was impressed that there is a clear legacy in the organisation as a result of Janet's actions."

Finalist:

- Ian Spinks, Vision Express

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