Third Sector Excellence Awards: And the shortlist this year is...

Bouts of indecision, a supply of biscuits and a good deal of sheer hard work all played a part in producing the shortlists for this year's Third Sector Excellence Awards

Third Sector Excellence Awards 2011 judges
Third Sector Excellence Awards 2011 judges

It wasn’t an easy business distilling 24 shortlists from nearly 400 entries to this year’s Third Sector Excellence Awards. But the distinguished judges seemed to find it rewarding.

The agony and the ecstasy is found in some of the overhearings. "This is such a pure implementation, and so well done," said a judge in one of the categories. "I’m worried we’re comparing apples with pears," said another.

"I thought the old logo was better than the new one," said a third. And a fourth, suffering from indecision, decided: "I really need another biscuit." And so it went on.

They got there in the end, although one judging group had to reconvene on a second day to finish the process. The results of their valuable labours are displayed on the right.

Everyone now has the summer to regroup and book their tables before the black-tie awards night at the London Lancaster hotel on Wednesday 28 September.

We look forward to seeing you then and celebrating what promises to be a really outstanding group of winners.


The Third Sector Excellence Awards dinner and ceremony will take place on Wednesday 28 September at the Lancaster London Hotel, Lancaster Terrace, London W2.


For more information and table sales, please book online or contact Jo Pead on 020 8267 4043 or


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Annual report, Brand development, Communications Team

Brian Lamb Consultant and chair of the campaign effectiveness advisory board, National Council for Voluntary Organisations

Alistair McLean Chief executive, Fundraising Standards Board

Leslie Morphy Chief executive, Crisis

Communications campaign, Use of digital media, Website

Titus Alexander Head of campaigning, Novas Scarman

Jeremy Davis Commercial director, Chameleon

Peter Kyle Deputy chief executive, Acevo

Direct marketing campaign, Fundraising event, Fundraising team, Innovation in fundraising

Emma-Jane Cross Chief executive, Beatbullying

Olga Heaven Founder and director, Hibiscus

Ian MacQuillin Head of communications, Public Fundraising Regulatory Association

Giles Pegram Fundraising consultant

Charity trading, Financial management, Social enterprise, Best employer, Volunteer of the year

John Hemming Head of tax, Wellcome Trust, and chair, Charity Tax Group

Jonathan Lewis Chief executive, Social Investment Business

Allison Ogden-Newton Chief executive, Social Enterprise London

Uday Thakkar Managing director, Red Ochre

Charity partnership, Corporate partnership, Public sector partnership

Richard Corden Consultant, Central Lobby Consultants

Ciarán Devane Chief executive, Macmillan Cancer Support

Gail Scott-Spicer Director of marketing and communications, Scout Association

Charity chair of the year, Trustee board of the year

Elizabeth Balgobin Chair, Voice4Change England

Mike Hudson Founder and director, Compass Partnership

Linda Laurance, Consultant

Judith Rich, Consultant


Annual report

- Compassion in World Farming

- Macmillan Cancer Support

- Parkinson's UK

- The Wallich

Brand development

- AfriKids

- St Martin-in-the-Fields

- The Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust

- The Queen’s Nursing Institute

Communications campaign

- Battersea Dogs & Cats Home: Larry the Cat

- British Heart Foundation: The Angina Monologues

- Missing People: Missing Rights

- MND Association: Incurable Optimism

- Thames Reach: Super-strength Drinks Campaign

Communications team

- Alzheimer's Society


- Macmillan Cancer Support

- Merlin

- Samaritans

Use of digital media

- Beatbullying: The Big March

- Breakthrough Breast Cancer: iBreastCheck iPhone app

- Comic Relief: Red Nose Day 2011 Mobile

- Comic Relief: Twitrelief

- Living Streets: My Living Streets

- Samaritans and Facebook

- v, the National Young Volunteers Service: vinspired iPhone app


- British Heart Foundation: relaunch

- Healthy Planet: Adopt-a-plot

- Lendwithcare:

- The National Trust: MyFarm

- RAF Benevolent Fund: 1940 Chronicle

Direct marketing campaign

Sponsored by BT/MyDonate

- British Red Cross

- Crisis

- Merlin

- Muslim Hands

Fundraising event

Sponsored by BT/MyDonate

- AfriKids: The Experience Challenge

- Elephant Family: Elephant Parade London

- Guide Dogs: Go Walkies for Guide Dogs

- Oxfam Curiosity Shop at Selfridges

- Shelter: Vertical Rush

- The Prostate Cancer Charity: Tour Ride

Fundraising team

Sponsored by BT/MyDonate

- British Heart Foundation

- British Red Cross

- Childreach International

- Muscular Dystrophy Campaign

- The Prostate Cancer Charity

- Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance

 Innovation in fundraising

Sponsored by BT/MyDonate

- Beating Bowel Cancer

- Breakthrough Breast Cancer

- Elephant Family

Charity trading

- Help for Heroes

- Hilton in the Community Foundation

- St Peter’s Hospice

Financial management

- Alternative Futures Group

- Nottingham University Hospitals Charity

Social enterprise

- To be announced on the night

Charity partnership

Sponsored by CfA

- Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, the National Maritime Museum and the Imperial War Museum

- Letterbox Club and Fostering Network Northern Ireland

- National Federation of Women's Institutes and the Prison Reform Trust

- Scottish Association for Mental Health, Get Active Community Engagement Projects

Corporate partnership

Sponsored by PFRA

- Beating Bowel Cancer and John Lewis

- Samaritans and Network Rail

- Special Olympics Great Britain and National Grid

Public sector partnership

- AfriKids: GAS Partnership

- Living Streets: Walk to School

Best employer

- Amnesty International UK

- ctvc ltd

- Save the Children UK

Volunteer of the year

Sponsored by Markel

- Adam Yasir, Global Action Plan

- Amanda Bolton, Stroke Association

- Barrington Wright, St Giles Trust

- Geoff Douglass, The Prostate Cancer Charity

- Shqipe Humolli, Family Action Hackney WellFamily Service

Charity Chair of the year

Sponsored by Ansvar

- Helen Baker, Advance Housing & Support

- Richard Tyndall, Connexions Thames Valley

- Sir David Bell, Crisis

Trustee board of the year

Sponsored by Ansvar

- To be announced on the night

The Luke FitzHerbert lifetime achievement award

- To be announced on the night

Small charity, big achiever

- African Children’s Educational Trust

- Consortium for Street Children

- ERIC (Education and Resources for Improving Childhood Continence)

- Partnership for Children

The Third Sector big impact award

- Prison Reform Trust

- Thames Reach

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