Supporting Member of The Year Award

The COBIS Supporting Member of the Year Award is brand new for 2018 and celebrates the fantastic work that Supporting Members do with COBIS schools every year.
 
COBIS invites schools to nominate up to three Supporting Members who they have worked with on a project that the school is particularly proud of.
 
The winner of the Supporting Member of the Year Award will be announced at the COBIS Annual Conference in May 2018.

Nominate a supplier for the Supporting Member of the Year Award 2018

How does the COBIS Supporting Member of the Year Award work?

Nominations for the COBIS Supporting Member of the Year Award 2018 are now open. COBIS schools are invited to nominate any COBIS Supporting Member that they have worked with over the last two years on a project which made the school and its wider community proud. Schools should submit a short nomination form and include details of a main contact name, school name and an outline of the project. A shortlist of the finalists will be announced in March 2018. 

Who can schools nominate for the COBIS Supporting Member of the Year Award?
 
COBIS schools can nominate any COBIS Supporting Member organisation or organisations that they have worked with on projects which were completed by January 2016 or later. A full list of COBIS Supporting Members can be found here. Schools can submit up to three separate nominations and can nominate the same Supporting Member for different projects. 

Nominate a supplier for the Supporting Member of the Year Award 2018

Which projects can be nominated for the COBIS Supporting Member of the Year Awards?
 
Nominations could include anything from an excellent training course provided by one of our members to a new school building project which has been delivered successfully. As long as the project was delivered by one of our COBIS Supporting Members within the last two years, your nomination will be accepted.

What is the closing date for nominations?
 
All nominations must be received by midnight UK time on Friday 9 March 2018. The winner of the COBIS Supporting Member of the Year Award will be announced at the COBIS Annual Conference 2018.

Nominate a Supporting Member

To nominate an organisation for the COBIS Supporting Member of the Year Award, please complete our nomination form here. Each school can nominate up to three Supporting Members.
 
Judging Panel

Caroline Wright
Director General - British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA)
 
Caroline Wright is Director General of the British Educational Suppliers Association, the UK's national industry association for educational products and services. Caroline joined BESA in 2012, taking on the Director General role in July 2016.

In her time at BESA the association has grown in impact and size and represents more than 80% of the UK educational resources market and more than 350 education suppliers.
 
Prior to joining BESA Caroline's career spanned the public and private sector in a range of leadership and communications roles. From an early career working in national and local newspapers Caroline moved into Government working as Director of Communications across a range of Departments including the Department for Education, Ofsted, Partnerships for Schools, The Cabinet Office, and the Department of Trade and Industry.
 
Caroline was also a Non-Executive Director of the UK's largest acute NHS hospital trust from 2012 to 2014.

David Woodgate
Chief Executive - Independent Schools Bursars Association (ISBA)
 
David is chief executive of the Independent Schools' Bursars Association (ISBA). He was formerly both chief executive of the Institute of Financial Accountants (2008-2014) as well as the Institute of Administrative Management (2001-2007). Directly prior to joining the association, David was the group strategy consultant to the Institute of Public Accountants (Australia).
 

He is a qualified barrister and was called to the Bar in 1982, and he holds an MBA as well as a BSc in Linguistic and International Studies, majoring in French, Russian and Law. In addition, he also spent nearly 20 years working in the banking sector ending up as director, e-commerce, for the Royal Bank of Scotland Corporate Bank. He is Chairman of Governors of an independent school.
 

Margaret Garrard
Director of Operations & Deputy CEO - Council of British International Schools (COBIS)

Margaret oversees the day-to-day business operations at COBIS and acts as the Deputy CEO. Before joining COBIS, she worked in a leadership capacity at Optimus Education, a publishing and events organisation providing CPD and school improvement services to over 5000 schools in the UK and internationally. Prior to this, she held a number of event R&D, marketing and communication roles and has trained as a professional facilitator and trainer.

Supporting Member of the Year Award Presentation

The COBIS Supporting Member of the Year Award will be presented to the winner at the COBIS Annual Conference 2018. 

For any queries regarding the COBIS Supporting Member of the Year Award, please contact Natalie Williams, COBIS Membership Officer - members@cobis.org.uk or call 0044 (0) 203 826 7198.

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