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4 months ago by Sophie Rooney

Meridian Conference & Awards 2022

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Saturday 5th March marked the day of our annual Meridian Conference & Awards at the beautiful Carden Park Hotel, sponsored by The Access Group, Brabners, Corinthian, Exchequer Solutions, FluidOne, Gallagher, Altodigital, Aziz Coach Service, Veritas, and W Denis. Each year Meridian brings together the team from across the country to celebrate their hard work and incredible achievements throughout the year including a number of new awards this year following a record year of achievements in 2021.

Following an introduction from Meridian CEO, Derek Skelton we had an update on the past 12 months and what an amazing year it was for Meridian, including 33 promotions across the business and an incredible number of job roles being filled. We were delighted to see many awards being presented during our day event including our graduation and financial awards and long service awards;

Student of the YearCharlotte McMeechan

Community Champion – Samantha Beale

Largest Perm FeeFred Ewing

Quality Award for Compliance – Trafford Park

Outstanding Team Contribution – NRC

Unsung Hero of the YearCathy Kendrick

Most Improved Branch of the Year – Glasgow

Long Service Award - 5 years

Janet Calthorpe

Olivia Bodley

Louise Ketteringham

Deimante Lekute

Gemma Lakin

Paula Dragonska

Adam Temme

Nicola Thomas

Steph Sopjes

Derek Skelton

Adrian Saffery

Gary Callow

Stephen Pearson

And many more awards, presented by Head of Learning and Development, Jamie Abbott and honorary ‘Professor’ for the day, Derek Skelton.

We were delighted to be joined by guest speaker, Roz Savage, the first woman to row solo across the worlds ‘Big 3’ Oceans – The Atlantic, Pacific & Indian Oceans, rowing over 15,000 miles, around 5million oar strokes and spending over 500 days at sea in a rowboat, with injuries along the way, and most disastrously – a broken stereo! Roz is now the holder of 4 Guinness World Records and an MBE for services to fundraising and the environment. Roz addressed the Meridian team on the importance of resilience and perseverance through difficulties, this was proven by 4 members of our team joining Roz on stage ‘rowing’ a mile whilst being splashed by ‘waves’ along the way. One way of getting through the struggles was to ‘begin with the end in mind – your funeral’ and not leave behind any regrets. Roz profoundly stated ‘I want to look back and know I did my best and tried my hardest. I realised I wanted to leave a legacy’ a statement to live by!

Following a catch-up at the bar with colleagues and friends from branches across the country, our evening event commenced, with everyone dressed to the nines and celebrating our colleagues once more presented by our esteemed host, Rob Latimer. We presented many of our incredible team members with awards during the evening;

Best NewcomerCarmel Bardsley

Best Client Facing Customer ExperienceRebecca Ames

Best Candidate Facing Customer ExperienceKaren Brown

Best Internal Customer ExperienceAlan Ormesher

Support Services Department of the Year – Credit Control

Manager of the YearClariss Skelton

Key Account Manager of the YearRob Richards

Onsite Biller of the YearDanielle Avery

Temp Biller of the YearColette Smith

Perm Biller of the YearFred Ewing

Branch of the Year – Wakefield Next

A-Z Branch of the Year – Exeter

Onsite of the Year – HelloFresh

Meridian Ambassador AwardsLana Bennett & Danny Harding

Chief Executives AwardSteph Sopjes

Long Service Award - 10 Years

Piotr Narozny

Natalie Lomax

Francesca Woodsford

Long Service Award - 20 years

Tom Andrews

Cathy Kendrick

Anton Gleave

Cath Haslam

Steve Pitt

We also had a special award to present at the end of what was an amazing evening of celebration addition to the Meridian Hall of Fame this year. The Hall of Fame welcomes people who contribute to the foundations of Meridian and uphold our company values, and this year's recipient was our Financial Director, Jeanette Barrowcliffe.

The day concluded with dinner and dancing following an exceptional day and a raffle to raise money in aid of Leonard Cheshire. Congratulations to all of our winners and thank you to our sponsors, the AV team, the organisation team and the Carden Park staff for helping us to celebrate in style!