Brandon Staff Awards 2024 winners revealed

Posted: 5 July 2024

And the winners are…

A photo of the Old Elmore team who won the Support award and Being Brilliant Award

In this article:

  • Brandon’s 30th birthday
  • Party time in Weston-super-Mare
  • The award categories and winners
  • 30 for 30 launch

Brandon staff and trustees gathered at the Winter Gardens in Weston-super-Mare to celebrate our 30th birthday at the 2024 Staff Awards grand final.

Around 200 finalists and their guests were joined by Brandon trustees to announce the finalists in nine award categories and reveal the highly commended finalists and overall winners.

Brandon was formed in 1994 in Bristol at a time when people with learning disabilities and autistic people, were often forced to live in state institutions. Brandon’s vision since it formed is to create a world where people of different abilities are enabled to live their lives the way they want to. As institutions closed, we supported people to live independently, often in their own homes.

Thirty years on, Brandon now supports more than 1,600 children, young people, and adults with learning disabilities and autism, offering support ranging from a few hours a week to enable people to access their local community, to residential care with nursing for those with more complex health needs.

Party time in Weston-super-Mare

At the Winter Gardens on 4 July, guests enjoyed a drinks reception followed by a three-course meal before the awards were opened by Brandon’s Chief Executive, Helen England. Helen pledged that while we celebrate the progress social care has made in the past three decades, there is still more to do to enable people we support to live ‘gloriously ordinary lives’.

Award category presenters included supported employees at Brandon social enterprise Banwell Pottery, who made more than 400 30th anniversary finalists’ medals presented at our area events, as well as the 16 trophies handed to overall winners at the grand final.

Brandon’s Adventurers, our employees with lived experience who provide consulting services for co-production projects, also presented categories, including to our overall winners of winners, the Brandon Being Brilliant awards at the end of the evening.

The award categories and winners

The categories for 2024 were designed to celebrate our milestone anniversary year, as well as our five values. The 30th birthday event also included recognition for supported employees, bank workers, and long-serving colleagues who have worked at Brandon for at least 20 years.

Equip Award
A photo of the Equip Award winners, Craven Way/Hilary DrivePresented by our Elm Tree Farm social enterprise staff and supported employees. Finalists showed they are prepared, provide access, and are consistent in everything that they do.


  • Hunters Green
  • Craven Way/Hilary Drive
  • Mount Adon
  • Badgers Close
  • Playlink
  • Abi Ball
  • Retail team
  • Nick Pugh

Highly commended: Playlink children and young people’s support and outreach team in Bristol, Bath, and South Gloucestershire.

WINNER: Craven Way/Hilary Drive team in Oxfordshire

Involve Award
A photo of the Involve Award winners, Health and Safety teamPresented by our involvement team including Adventurers Lucy, Blake, Tom, Nathan, and Peter. Finalists showed that they deliver our Involve value, through making time, being collaborative, and providing choice.


  • Winchester team
  • Helen Brown
  • Kimmins Court
  • Passage Road
  • Kirsty Hart
  • Rory Jarvis
  • The eBay sales team
  • Health and safety team

Highly commended: Helen Brown in Oxfordshire and Rory Jarvis in Cornwall

WINNER: Health and safety team

Support Award
A photo of the Old Elmore team who won the Support award and Being Brilliant AwardPresented by the Banwell Pottery team, including supported employees who made the finalists’ medals and trophies. Finalists showed they had worked to build confidence in the people they support, advocate for others, and foster community.


  • Old Elmore
  • Jo Talbot
  • Heathercroft
  • Pizey Avenue
  • Laurel Drive
  • Park Road
  • Alex Bird
  • Anna Poole

Highly commended: Alex Bird, project coordinator at Enterprise Packaging

WINNER: Old Elmore in Gloucestershire

Recognise Award
A photo of the Hampstead Road team who won the Recognise AwardPresented by Brandon Trustee, Mark Bramwell. Finalists showed that everyone at Brandon is valued through listening, making things clear, and being responsive.


  • Rachel Stone
  • Julie Jones
  • Dawn Dacosta
  • Hampstead Road
  • Bayham Road
  • Stephanie Williams
  • Banwell Pottery
  • Gareth Williams

Highly commended: Julie Jones in Oxfordshire and Banwell Pottery in Worle, Weston-super-Mare

WINNER: Hampstead Road team in Bristol

Challenge Award
A photo of The Adventurers who won the Challenge AwardPresented by Kate Doodson, Brandon’s Chief Transformation, Performance and Digital Officer. Finalists showed they embodied the Brandon value, Challenge, by taking positive risks, being adaptable, and by being accountable.


  • Jeanette Williams
  • Emmanuel Chukwuma
  • Veronica Jordan
  • Wraxall Road
  • Chapel Hill
  • Trewarne
  • Alison Gamble
  • The Adventurers

Highly commended: Trewarne in Cornwall

WINNER: The Adventurers

Bank Worker Award
A photo of Paula Furze who won the Bank Worker Award, and Gareth WilliamsPresented by Gareth Williams, our Flexible Workforce Manager. Brandon’s bank worker finalists step in at a moment’s notice, represent our values, and are brilliant team players.


  • Yeshi Yinko
  • David Emburey
  • Nicola Webster
  • John Kimani
  • Paula Furze
  • Madeleine Stephens

Highly commended: Yeshi Yinko in Gloucestershire and John Kimani in Bristol

WINNER: Paula Furze in Cornwall

Supported Employee Award
A photo of Ian Ricketts who won the Supported Employee Award, with Tracy DatePresented by Chief Business Development, Enterprise and Partnerships Officer, Tracy Date. Finalists have gained work skills and vocational training which means they are a fantastic team member, they represent Brandon’s values, and they have developed their skills in their role.


Highly commended: All finalists

WINNER: Ian Ricketts

Long Service Award
A photo of the winners of the Long Service AwardSponsored by Unison, presented by Kim Whelan, Area Manager for Gloucestershire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire, and Hampshire. Finalists have dedicated their careers to working with  autistic people and people with learning disabilities, and have worked at Brandon for more than 20 years.

Judges decided the finalists could not be separated and therefore, everyone was a winner.

  • Kathryn Skinner in Gloucestershire
  • Paula Terziu in Oxfordshire
  • Michelle Collette in North Somerset
  • Catherine Jackson in Bristol
  • Julie Kendall in Cornwall
  • Emma Carey, Social Enterprise Manager
  • Tanya Abbott, Chief Operating and Compliance Officer

Brandon Being Brilliant Award
Presented by Chief Executive, Helen England, and Brandon Adventurer, Blake. This award was presented in honour of our 30th anniversary to the winner of winners.

Highly commended: Ian Ricketts and The Adventurers
WINNERS: Tanya Abbott and Old Elmore

To mark our milestone 30th year, we launched our 30 for 30 fundraising initiative at the Staff Awards grand final. Staff, people we support, and their friends and families, are pledging to do 30 things to raise money for our charity.

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