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AGM 2017/18 and STAR Awards

Our latest Annual General Meeting was held on Monday, 10th September at Hillside and, once again, we combined the AGM with our Staff Achievement and Recognition (STAR) Awards.

Our chair, Sheila Dunham, welcomed everyone to the meeting and then invited Ginger Cat Theatre Company to perform live. They gave an entertaining performance about the ‘out of this world’ achievements they have made with support from Aspire.

Chief Executive, Andy Rawnsley, presented the Annual Report for 1st April 2017 to 31st March 2018 (which you can download from the publications section of the website). Andy talked about some of the highlights of the year and then Tish Butler, Finance Controller, presented financial information before members voted unanimously to approve the audited accounts.

The formal part of the AGM was rounded off with a video review of the year and you can watch the video by clicking on the link below:

A Year at Aspire – 2017/18

We were delighted to welcome Leeds Rhinos players Cameron Smith and Liam Sutcliffe to present the staff STAR Awards 2018. Eighteen colleagues achieved the milestone of working for Aspire (and previously Leeds City Council) for 25 years and they were all invited to attend the ceremony to pick up their commemorative clock and certificate of achievement in person.

There were 6 categories in the STAR Awards for which staff nominated their friends and colleagues. More than 100 nominations were received and a cross-service panel of judges had the difficult task of shortlisting these down to the finalists in each category as follows:-

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR:
Kevin Taffinder – gold award; Carole Thornburn – silver award; Sarah Kirk – bronze award

LEARNER OF THE YEAR:
Michelle David – gold award; Danielle Thompson – silver award; Joanne Harris – bronze award

UNSUNG HERO:
Lisa Barker – gold award; Anne Chaplin – silver award; Ian Backhouse – bronze award; Sam Silkstone – bronze award

COLLEAGUE OF THE YEAR:
Michaela Morris – gold award; Debra Topping – silver award; Nicola Coates – bronze award

INSPIRATIONAL PERSON OF THE YEAR:
Ian Pearson – gold award; Maureen Addy – silver award; Emma Frith – bronze award

TEAM AWARD:
Bramley Day Service – gold award; Gardening Works – silver award; Rothwell Day Service – silver award; Yvonne Crawford & Jean McInnes of Templegate Supported Living Service – bronze award

For the full list of nominations, see the programme from the day:


STAR Awards 2018 Programme


We are grateful to Chadwick Lawrence for their support for the STAR Awards.

STAR Awards 2018 Leeds Rhino's

STAR Awards 2018 listening

STAR Awards 2018 Leeds Rhino's

STAR Awards 2018 volunteers

STAR Awards 2018 fancy dress