Apprentice of the Year Sarah Nerys-Judge – Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill and Umbrella Training

Many congratulations to Sarah for winning this year’s Apprentice of the Year award at the Shine Awards run by People 1st and The Caterer.

She was recognised at a ceremony held at 8 Northumberland Avenue in central London attended by over 200 industry leaders.

The evening also saw the presentation to Umbrella Training business partner, Tredwells chef Patron Chantelle Nicholson crowned Chef of the Year – having been named Woman of the Year at the 2016 awards.

The awards, organised by People 1st, The Caterer and Travel Weeklyand sponsored by Compass Group, celebrate the achievements of women working in hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism, as well as the mentors, ambassadors and businesses that are actively working to improve gender balance at senior levels.

Simon Tarr, chief executive of People 1st, said of the awards: “This is the sixth Shine Awards we have hosted under the People 1st banner, but with the current challenges facing our industries – factors like rising costs, changing employee attitudes and the uncertainty around Brexit – their message is possibly more important today than it’s ever been.

“We need to be making the most of all the talent available to us, and retaining women, and enabling them to progress, is essential to the growth of our industries.”

The Caterer publisher Mark Lewis added: “Awards like this offer a chance to say well done to the industry’s highest-performing people and, crucially, hold up examples of best practice that we can all learn from. It’s encouraging to see so many individual success stories, and companies embracing a forward-thinking approach towards the development of female talent. Congratulations to all our winners!”

The 2017 Shine Awards winners

Apprentice of the Year
Winner: Sarah Nerys-Judge – Hyatt Regency London, the Churchill and Umbrella Training
Highly commended: Luka Seddon, CH&CO Group and University of West London

Best Initiative to Retain and Develop Women
Winner: Compass Group
Highly commended: Thomas Cook

Best Place for Women to Work
Winner: Expedia
Highly commended: Georgian House Hotel

Chef of the Year
Winner: Chantelle Nicholson, Tredwells

Innovator of the Year
Winner: Gail Bunn – Brewhouse & Kitchen
Highly commended: Alex Head, Social Pantry

Mentor of the Year
Winner: Fay Sharpe – Zibrant, BCD M&E

Rising Star
Winner: Sophie Egglestone – Yorebridge House
Highly commended: Tania Rahman, Chit Chaat Chai

Ambassador Award
Jane Sunley, Purple Cubed

The Robyn Jones Lifetime Achievement Award
Winner: Penny Moore – Hospitality Action

Woman of the Year
Winner: Ruth Badger – Argyll Holidays

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