On 20 July, CIM Scotland was named Communications Ambassador of the Year at the CIM Volunteer Awards 2021 ceremony, which recognises the efforts of individuals and teams from across CIM’s volunteer network. Prizes for Team of the Year and Events Ambassador of the Year were also awarded to individuals from the region.

Hosted as an online event due to the coronavirus pandemic, judges and nominees gathered for the second virtual awards ceremony.

Kate Hamilton, chair of the CIM board of directors hosted the event and announced the individuals and teams who were highly commended or had won the prestigious awards. The event was hugely popular with the volunteer community, with each award greeted with clapping and cheering and even some emotional acceptance speeches.

This year, there were 30 nominees vying to win one of five individual categories as well as two team awards to be won. CIM’s director of qualifications and partnerships, Maggie Jones, CIM’s head of partnerships, Maggie Mulhall-Kemp, CIM’s volunteer partnerships managers, Philip Preston and Judith Mason, CIM’s partnership support manager, Kayt Pettifer and CIM’s head of PR and engagement, James Delves, headed up the judging panel, who deliberated over the nominations to reach a consensus on winners and those highly commended.

Kate Hamilton, chair of the CIM board of directors, said: “I certainly did not envy the judge’s task this year, as the standard of entries was incredibly high. We’re obviously disappointed not to be able to celebrate with our nominees in person, but I would like to thank everyone who contributed to making the online ceremony such a success and to congratulate our worthy winners.”

“Our volunteer network is such an important part of CIM. The CIM volunteer awards are a great way to congratulate everyone’s hard work and to shine a spotlight on the great achievements, which have been made this year.”

Ishbel MacLeod, Scottish Board Member who won Communication Ambassador of the Year for Scotland, said:

"I'm absolutely thrilled to be named Communications Ambassador of the year.

Ever since I became aware of the CIM presence in Scotland I've been keen to get involved and was excited when the opportunity came up to join the team. When I joined it was the middle of the pandemic, but I was so impressed at how the volunteers - especially those in events and education, pivoted to match the environment.

Volunteering for the local CIM board just takes an hour or so a week of my time, and allows me to work with a whole host of industry experts - from those who run their own companies to those who work for big companies, and lets me understand more about the marketing industry as a whole, and not just in the 'bubble' I work in."

Scotland's Chair, Ellie Murphy, said:

“It’s certainly very gratifying that the hard work and achievements of the CIM Scotland Board have been given a big thumbs up by our peers and colleagues across the organisation – in particular Ishbel, who won the National Communications Ambassador of the Year, and Rali who was highly commended as National Events Ambassador of the year.

We’re a new and reinvigorated team, who are all crazy passionate about marketing and love sharing the work of the CIM with the wider marketing community across Scotland, and these awards spur us on to keep innovating what we do in the year ahead.”

The winners and highly commended volunteers for 2021 are:

Team of the Year - The most difficult category to judge, this is awarded to the Region or SIG that has not only achieved but exceeded objectives relating to two or more of its key activities.

Highly commended: CIM Scotland

Winners: CIM North West

Innovation of the Year - presented to the Region or SIG that has introduced a new initiative, event or comms campaign, that is not only innovative but exemplifies best practice and has scalability.

Highly commended: All Regions and SIGs – Webinar Express programme

Winners: CIM South East and Greater London - Meet the mentors... on ZOOM

Volunteer of the Year - awarded to the volunteer who shows real passion and commitment and is a real driving force behind the successful delivery of their allocated project or role.

Highly commended: Sam Lee (CIM South East)

Winner: Sali Midjek-Conway (CIM North West)

Unsung Hero - this is awarded to the volunteer who quietly, efficiently and effectively gets things done and is always willing to help when an extra pair of hands is needed.

Highly commended: Rachel Emson (CIM North West)

Winner: Sharon Collins (South East)

Events Ambassador of the Year - award for the volunteer who has planned and executed an innovative and highly successful events programme or events series, delivering a strong profit performance and impressive customer satisfaction scores.

Highly commended: Rali Arnuadova (CIM Scotland)

Winner: Gerry Vincent (South West)

Communications Ambassador of the Year – the volunteer who has consistently produced good quality, interesting content for their Region/SIG website, eNewsletter and social media, generating good levels of reach and engagement.

Highly commended: Amy Ross (CIM East of England)

Winner: Ishbel Macleod (CIM Scotland)

Education Ambassador of the Year – Awarded to the volunteer who has been an enthusiastic advocate for CIM promoting careers in marketing to Undergraduate and Postgraduate students as well as the benefits of CIM qualifications, the Graduate Gateway programme and CIM membership.

Highly commended: Ami Sandhu (CIM Midlands)

Winner: Claire Baumforth (Greater London)