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Business Improvement and Transformation Leader Award 2019

Business Improvement and Transformation Leader Award


This award recognises an individual who has made an exceptional contribution and long-term positive impact through a career of transformation and continuous improvement. They are highly respected professionals continuously looking for new ways to innovate; responsible for leading people; developing tangible strategies and goals over a sustained period having an enduring impact.

Why apply?

This is an opportunity to give your high-achievers a well-deserved public ‘pat on the back’ whilst also showcasing your organisation with the dynamic, continuous improvement thinking of your employees.

Personal Development: Nominating an employee gives the opportunity to benchmark against peers. The awards offer the chance to network with like-minded leaders and share best practice ideas.

Reward and recognition: Nominating an employee is a great opportunity to recognise their efforts through external acknowledgment and recognition. Making the shortlist strengthens best practice and inspires peers to follow in that individual’s footsteps. If a nominee doesn’t make the shortlist, going through the process and the internal recognition in itself is invaluable.

How to apply?

Entry is simple – by completion of an online application form and submission of supporting evidence.

Nominations must be made by a reporting line manager / head of department or a relevant director, the nomination should be endorsed by an additional peer or stakeholder (with testimonials for supporting docs). Self-nominations will not be accepted.

Application Criteria

Outstanding performance: How have nominees surpassed expectations and delivered tangible business benefits and stand-out, long term, sustainable results?

Teamwork/leadership: How have nominees demonstrated themselves to be a passionate team player / leader showing high levels of collaboration, including leading by example, transferring knowledge and motivating others and building skill and capability in others?

Innovation: How have nominees innovated, to generate new ideas and opportunities to enhance performance or affect change; do they demonstrate a learning mindset and continuously look for new ways to innovate?

Added value: How have nominees’ efforts delivered an enhanced value to customers and / or stakeholders leading to a demonstrable and valued benefit?

£125 + VAT

per entry

£125 + VAT

per entry

Dates for your diary

Entries close

21 December 2018

Judging begins

January 2019

Shortlist will be announced

February 2019

Ceremony night

16 May 2019

GSK Supports Leadership Awards

GSK are very honoured to build our relationship with the BQF by sponsoring the two Business Improvement & Transformation Leader Awards.

We believe that it is crucial to recognise the mindset and behaviours of exceptional individuals who through their passion and drive take their teams on a continuous improvement journey.

All the finalists will have demonstrated their attitude to go above and beyond to achieve outstanding performance through teamwork and their leadership style to add more value to their organisations.

These individuals are an inspiration to all BQF members and we can learn how to be better leaders from them.

At GSK, we understand that leaders need to grow and develop, so it is crucial to provide opportunities for them to showcase their talents.

To help focus on their behaviours and the environments they are developing for their people, we have partnered with the BQF to provide a self-assessment tool to help member companies develop a culture focused on excellence in quality. By making the tool freely available to BQF Members we aim to drive collaboration and shared learning and insights across the BQF community.

Award Judges

Michael Baddeley

Director of Innovation & Strategy at Ricoh UK

Michael Baddeley

“I am the Director of Innovation & Strategy across Ricoh UK, leading transformation and change. I am a passionate advocate of people led change through empowerment, development, and engagement. I have also been instrumental within Ricoh UK in developing a compelling narrative of the changing world and driving the need to evolve the way that we work, through Workstyle Innovation across People, Workspace, Process & Technology.

In the current climate of dramatic change, I’m passionate about recognising those leading individuals which are take organisations forward to drive change. What better way to accelerate change than to celebrate those that make a difference.”

Pat Edwards

Chief Executive Officer at Newham Training and Education Centre

Pat Edwards

“I am currently the Chief Executive of NEWTEC, a multiple award winning third sector organisation engaged in the management of childcare settings and the design and delivery of employment pathways for young people, adults and employers. I commenced my career in the construction industry as an Architectural Designer. I then worked for two Local Authorities as a Building Surveyor and subsequently progressed to be a Vice Principal within a large Further Education College. I have also been an Executive Director within a national Housing Association supporting homeless people into work. I hold an MBA (with distinction) and an MA in Management.

In addition, I am a Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of Building, as well as, being an approved Fellow panel assessor. I am also a Fellow Member of the Chartered Association of Building Engineers, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management and a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management.

I have been engaged with the EFQM movement for the last 20 years and I would now like to contribute and give back to the BQF my relevant knowledge and experience as an award juror.”

Joanna Parker

Senior Innovation Project Manager at London North Eastern Railway


“I have over 20 years’ experience delivering transformation, change and business excellence across numerous contact centre industries.

Finding home in the railways in 2017, I am currently managing the delivery of Innovation & Business Excellence into London North Eastern Railways and was the winner of the BQF Emerging Business Improvement & Transformational Leader award last year. I won this award based on successful delivery of various Innovation projects whilst also establishing a new governance model to take a large portfolio of Innovation & Business Excellence work from concept to reality. Widely regarded as a model of best practice for managing transformation, innovation and business excellence, I am regularly called upon to share my vast knowledge and experience with other BQF members.

Winning the award last year, this for me is like giving something back to BQF and the talented people who will be nominated this year. As an experienced practitioner of driving transformational change and business improvement I can’t wait to read the submissions.”

Awards FAQs

Can I nominate more than one person for this award?

Yes, you can enter as many individuals as you like for this Leadership Award.

Can I nominate myself for this award?

Individuals cannot apply themselves but should be nominated by a reporting line manager/Head of/Director or previous employer.  The nomination should be endorsed by an additional peer, stakeholder or client.

When is entry deadline?

Entry deadlines for the Innovation, Lean Six Sigma and Leadership awards are all on the 31st of October.

Awards Ceremony

The 2019 awards ceremony is taking place at The Royal Lancaster Hotel, London – Hyde Park’s proud mid-century architectural icon.

2018 Winners

Find out more about the 2018 winners, sponsors and host, Jake Humphrey.