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The Nottingham Awards 2017

Nominations are now closed for the Nottingham Awards 2017. This year the Awards are sponsored by Goose Fair events team The Mellors Group

Nominations were invited for people who have made a significant and lasting impact for Nottingham, in Nottingham. This impact can have been locally, regionally and potentially wider.  People who are nominated should have made their contribution whilst living, working in or have made Nottingham the centre of the work that the nomination/award recognises.

People who are eligible to receive a Nottingham Award should not have received a major award for their contribution to the city (such as MBE or similar UK award).

The awards will be presented at an annual event at the Nottingham Council House which marks the Goose Fair each year. The people who have been shortlisted will take part in a memorable evening.  You can view the photos from the previous years’ awards here: www.onenottingham.org.uk

The first Nottingham Awards were presented in 2012 to Nottingham people who had made a major and lasting contribution to Nottingham and who had not received awards for their work, and who had now finished the roles they were awarded for or had left Nottingham.

The Criteria

Awards are made in three categories, their contribution was made from:


  • The Public Sector


  • The Private/Business Sector


  • The Voluntary and Community Sector


The decisions will be made by a panel of judges. The criteria which the panel will apply to make the award will be:


  • Has the nominated person made a significant and lasting impact for Nottingham, locally, regionally and potentially wider?


  • Has the nominated person received other awards for their contribution to the city (such as MBE or similar UK award)?


  • Has the nominated person made their contribution whilst having lived in, worked in or made Nottingham the centre of the work that the nomination/award recognises?

The decision of the panel will be final.


Previous winners of the Nottingham Award are:


  • Derek Brewer, The former Chief Executive of Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club for his work at Trent Bridge and in Nottingham transport


  • Helen Voce, for her work in the community and voluntary sector


  • Peter Plummer for his achievement in education and leading the transformation of Elliott Durham School.



  • Glenn Crocker, Chief Executive of Biocity, for growing Biocity to be the largest bioscience incubator in the UK


  • Dr Gillian Burton, (Consultant Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust) nominated for her work around Community Paediatrics in inner city Nottingham.


  • Courtney and Trevor Rose, for providing innovative opportunities for studio time, musician and diversionary activities with some of Nottingham’s most challenging young people.


  • Jim Taylor, Ex Director of Development, Nottingham City Council. His work included the NET tram project; the renaissance of the historic Lace Market area; and the redevelopment of Nottingham’s central Old Market Square


  • Special Award, Jane Todd for lifetime achievement in the public sector



  • Jane Geraghty for her leadership in the Public and Voluntary sector, particularly for transforming the Nottinghamshire Probation Service.


  • Craig Chettle – the founder and Managing Director of Confetti for his ground breaking work in Confetti and in the Nottingham Creative business sector and Further Education.


  • Tom Huggan for a lifetime contribution to the City of Nottingham. He served the city in many guises including through the Nottingham Civic Society, Green’s Windmill, the Nottingham Playhouse and the Castle amongst others. He practiced law in Nottingham and he is also the serving Town Crier.



  • Ann Priest – who has made a major impact in Nottingham in Higher Education and in community arts. And had significant influence across the UK and internationally.
  • Ian Smith – the formers Director of the Television Workshop directed over 200 shows with the Workshop and discovered a wealth of acting talent from Nottingham.
  • Inder Lal Batra, – was been a leading member of the Indian Community over the past 50 years in Nottingham. He sought to promote understanding and co-operation between different communities and to help inform people of the different cultures in Nottingham.
  • Betty Higgins for lifelong service to the public sector and transformation of the City’s transport and public sector housing.


Geldards Award Winner

Richard Tressider – The former Business Editor of the Nottingham Post. He received the award for his long service in the City, his commitment to Nottingham and for his insightful and informed journalism in the Nottingham Post.



  • Ruth Sheltonfor her work as CEO of Emmanuel House, a charity for those suffering from homelessness in the centre of Nottingham. She helped save the centre from closure, she led and inspired staff as the centre thrived. The charity is now thriving and helps people across the city.


  • Rose Thompsonan expert on BME and cancer, has been awarded for her ground-breaking work on helping to address cancer inequalities within black and minority ethnic (BME) and low income communities and her long history of cancer charity work. She is the founder of many groups and networks, most recently a community prostate cancer clinic here in Nottingham.


  • Daniel HansonNottingham designer Daniel, who counts the Duke of Cambridge, Brad Pitt, Elton John and Victoria Beckham amongst his customers, has been rewarded for his work for the city and fashion industry, including supporting local arts and charities.

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Sat Bainsbecame the first restaurant owner in Nottingham to be awarded a Michelin star in 2003. The rating was increased to two stars in 2011 and the restaurant has been awarded five rosettes by the AA. After winning the 2007 series of Great British Menu, he has made several TV appearances. He has some titles to his name, including Chef’s Chef of the Year and Good Food Guide’s Chef of the Year.