Some of the most experienced experts and practitioners in the voluntary sector were recruited to the 30-strong panel of judges for this year's Third Sector Excellence Awards.
They included the veteran fundraiser Ken Burnett, Bob Reitemeier, chief executive of the Essex Community Foundation, and Rosie Chapman, former director of policy and effectiveness at the Charity Commission and now an independent adviser.
Split into nine groups, they read through the record total of 450 online entries and assembled in June at the offices of Haymarket Media Group, Third Sector's parent company, to decide on a shortlist of more than 100 and ascribe a score to each.
As well as comparing notes on the entrants, the judges reviewed extra material, such as campaign literature and annual reports, and discussed their merits. Most declared themselves impressed by the quality of the entries.
In a number of cases where judges had a personal interest of any kind, they stood aside from the debate and did not take part in the scoring. Entrants with the highest mean average score were declared the winner, and those a few points behind the leader were highly commended.
The winner of the Luke FitzHerbert Lifetime Achievement Award was chosen by the Third Sector editorial team. The award is named after Luke FitzHerbert, a leading light at the Directory of Social Change until his death in a road accident in 2007.
ANNUAL REPORT, COMMUNICATIONS TEAM
1. Tilly Boulter, chief executive, Think Publishing
2. Ceri Doyle, director of strategy, Big Lottery Fund
3. Simon Hebditch, consultant
BRAND DEVELOPMENT, DIRECT MARKETING CAMPAIGN
4. Francine Bates, chief executive, Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths
5. Vicky Browning, director, CharityComms
6. Ken Burnett, managing trustee, SOFII - the Showcase of Fundraising Innovation and Inspiration
7. Max du Bois, executive director, Spencer du Bois
8. Dean Russell, European social media director, Lewis PR
9. Ben Summerskill, chief executive, Stonewall
WEBSITE, USE OF DIGITAL MEDIA
10. Caroline Diehl, chief executive, The Media Trust
11. Peter Maple, senior lecturer for MSc Management in Civil Society, London South Bank University
12. Karl Wilding, head of policy, research and foresight, National Council for Voluntary Organisations
FUNDRAISING EVENT, FUNDRAISING TEAM, INNOVATION IN FUNDRAISING
13. David Burrows, head of fundraising, TDA
14. Richard Gutch, associate, Prospectus
15. Alan Hopley, director of fundraising, marketing and communications, Addaction
16. Alistair McLean, chief executive, Fundraising Standards Board
17. Philip Kirkpatrick, partner and joint head of charity and social enterprise, Bates Wells & Braithwaite London
18. Reza Motazedi, head of charities and not-for-profit, Deloitte
19. Bob Reitemeier, chief executive, Essex Community Foundation
BEST EMPLOYER, VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR, CHARITY CHAIR OF THE YEAR
20. Rosie Chapman, independent charity adviser, Belinda Pratten and Rosie Chapman Associates
21. Joan Coyle, HR director, Save the Children International
22. Justin Davis Smith, chief executive, Volunteering England
23. Joe Irvin, chief executive, Navca
ENTERPRISE, CHARITY PARTNERSHIP, FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT, PUBLIC SECTOR PARTNERSHIP
24. Caron Bradshaw, chief executive, Charity Finance Group
25. Chris Harris, partner, MHA MacIntyre Hudson
26. Malcolm Hayday, chief executive, Charity Bank
27. Alison Paines, partner, Withers
SMALL CHARITY, BIG ACHIEVER, THIRD SECTOR BIG IMPACT AWARD
28. Tom Flood, chair, Acevo Solutions
29. Dame Mary Marsh, director, Clore Social Leadership Programme
30. Steve Wyler, chief executive, Locality