A complete nomination comprises two elements – an initial nomination form, completed by the person making the nomination, and supporting documentation, completed by the local champion. [Copies of both, and guidance on their use, can be found under “Materials”].
While nominations can be completed at any time during the year, the cut off for inclusion in a particular Annual Awards cycle is 30 June. To be considered for this year’s Awards they must be completed in full, including all the supporting documentation, and sent to the Trust office by that date.
[Please make sure you allow plenty of time to complete all the paperwork and get it to us by the final deadline.]
Nominations are first reviewed by our Sifting Panel, comprising current and former senior managers from prisons, probation and youth justice, as well as representatives of our Trustees. They are responsible for whittling down the full set of nominations to a final shortlist of around 40 to go forward to our four-member Judging Panel.
The shortlisted nominees are then asked to provide some further information about themselves and their work. The Judging Panel reviews this additional material, together with their original nominations, and interview those nominees in contention for a possible Award, before making their final recommendations to our Board of Trustees.
We announce the shortlist in early October, and the names of the Award Winners and Commendees are unveiled around Christmas time.