March 06, 2017

Colleague Recognition Evening 2017


Colleagues at The Co-operative Academies Trust celebrated individual success on 2nd March at the third Colleague Recognition Evening.


Held at the Co-op’s impressive Angel Sq head office, the awards celebrate co-operative values in action.


There were 56 nominations for the seven awards, including teachers, governors, support staff, senior leaders and volunteers. The seven award winners were:


  • The Democracy Award - Marie Cunningham at The Co-operative Academy of Stoke
  • The Openness and Honesty Award - Joanna Summers at Brownhill Co-operative Academy
  • The Equity and Equality Award - Heads of Family Team at The Co-operative Academy of Manchester
  • The Social Responsibility Award - Pupils’ Voices Team at Oakwood Primary Academy
  • The Caring for Others Award - Julie Stubbs at Manchester Creative and Media Academy
  • The Solidarity Award - Sue Turner at The Co-operative Academy of Manchester
  • The Self-help and Self-responsibility Award - Jacqui Driscoll at The Co-operative Academy of Leeds

The awards were presented by colleagues from a range of businesses across the Co-op.


There were also two Pioneer’s Awards for colleagues who have shown a range of co-operative values across a number of areas. These were awarded to:


  • Geoff Clark – The Co-operative Academy of Manchester
  • Marianne Goodwin - The Co-operative Academy of Stoke

Speaking about the event Frank Norris, Director of the Trust, said “I’m humbled when I hear these stories. We are privileged to work alongside these dedicated colleagues who give absolutely everything to their academies. They work tirelessly to ensure that both their students, and their fellow staff, are happy and cared for.”


“I want to thank the colleagues from the Co-op businesses who presented our awards. The Co-operative Academies Trust joined a movement with a lot of history, staff from the Co-op support us every day and it is important to have them join our celebration. I also want to congratulate every single person that was nominated, you are the new pioneers in co-operative education.”