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Recognising the people powering parliament

The Parliament's People Awards recognises the inspirational teams and individuals who have impressed and shown dedication and commitment to supporting a thriving parliamentary democracy.

All MPs and Peers, their staff, in parliamentary or constituency offices, or those employed by the House of Commons, House of Lords or the Parliamentary Digital Service can nominate a colleague.

Parliament simply couldn’t function without the thousands of dedicated public servants behind the scenes, not to mention the army of staff working hard to support constituents across the country. These Awards will celebrate their valuable work”
— Sir Graham Brady MP, Chair, The House magazine
Our Judges

Hannah Bardell - SNP MP

Hannah is the MP for the Livingston Constituency; SNP Spokesperson for Consular Affairs and International Engagement; and the Founder and Chair of the APPG on Deaths Abroad, Consular Service and Assistance. A Stirling University graduate, Hannah began her career in commercial television before working with the SNP, producing, and presenting SNPtv online. She worked for the US State Department in the Edinburgh Consulate and then spent three years in the oil & gas sector in Aberdeen. Hannah was elected in the 2015 UK general election, again in 2017 and in the 2019 snap election.

Lord Bird MBE - Crossbench Peer

John was born into poverty and brought up in care. His life journey has included spells as a prisoner, artist, and printer. Now an activist, publisher and Crossbench member of the House of Lords, Lord Bird is the driving force behind The Big Issue Group, which includes the world's most successful street magazine, The Big Issue, and its social investment arm, Big Issue Invest. Lord Bird is a business leader with an outstanding record of using enterprise as a force for social change in dismantling the root causes of poverty; and in Parliament, he focuses on poverty and homelessness prevention, literacy and protecting the rights of future generations.

Rt Hon Karen Bradley - Conservative MP

Since being elected for her home seat of Staffordshire Moorlands in 2010, Karen has been honoured to have served as a Minister in the Government Whips office, a Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury (a senior Whip), the Minister for Modern Slavery and Organised Crime in the Home Office, where she brought in the Serious Crime Act and just before Parliament was dissolved in March 2015, she secured the passing of the Modern Slavery Act. After being re-elected in 2015, she became Minister for Preventing Abuse, Exploitation and Crime at the Home Office followed by Secretary of State for Digital, Culture Media and Sport and then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland until July 2019. In February 2020 Karen was proud to be elected Chair of the House of Commons Procedure Committee. She is also Co-Chair of the APPG on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery and Chair of the APPG on Challenger Banks and Building Societies. Karen is a member of The House’s advisory board.

Sir Graham Brady - Conservative MP

Graham has been the MP for Altrincham and Sale West since 1997 and the Chairman of the 1922 Committee of backbench Conservative MPs since 2010. He is Chairman of The House’s advisory board. Graham is well known to be independent minded and a champion of state grammar schools, having resigned from the front bench in 2007 to campaign in support of selective education. He was awarded ‘Backbencher of the Year’ by The Spectator in 2010. Graham has previously served as a shadow minister, holding the schools, employment, as well as the Europe brief. Graham also served on the Education and Employment Select Committee from 1997-2001 and the Treasury Select Committee from 2007-2010. Prior to his election in 1997, Graham was Public Affairs Director of the Waterfront Partnership. He had previously worked at the Centre for Policy Studies and Shandwick Plc. Graham studied law at Durham University.

Marsha de Cordova - Labour MP

Marsha has served as the MP for Battersea since 2017 and was previously a Labour Party councillor in Lambeth, London. Marsha was previously the Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities and before that served as the Shadow Minister for Disabled People between 2017 – 2020. Here, she led on Labour's policy on disabled people and held the government to account on the impact of social security cuts and reducing the disability employment gap. She has a proud history of working in the voluntary sector for over 10 years before becoming an MP. Marsha was born with nystagmus and is registered blind. She has dedicated much of her life to campaigning for disability rights and is passionate about equality for all.

Dame Meg Hillier – MP

Meg is Member of Parliament for Hackney South and Shoreditch. Elected as an MP in 2005, Meg was a junior government minister from 2007-10. She was elected Chair of the Public Accounts Committee in 2015. She is also Chair of the Commonwealth Association of Public Accounts Committees. Prior to her election to Parliament Meg was a journalist. She was an elected London borough councillor for eight years and was a member of the newly created London Assembly from 2000 to 2004.

Baroness Hussein-Ece OBE - Liberal Democrat Peer

Meral was appointed a life peer to the House of Lords on the Liberal Democrat benches in 2010, after a long career in local government, the NHS, and the voluntary sector. She served as a local councillor in the London Boroughs of Hackney and Islington for a total of 16 years and established the first centre for domestic violence victims for Turkish and Kurdish women in London. She has campaigned against violence against women in the BAME communities, and race equality, for many years. Meral served as a Commissioner on the Equality and Human Rights Commission and is Equalities Spokesperson for the Liberal Democrat’s Lords Group. Meral is currently a member of the House of Lords Conduct Committee.

Thangam Debbonaire - Labour MP

Thangam has lived in Bristol for more than 30 years. She is Member of Parliament for Bristol West and since May 2021 has been Shadow Leader of the House of Commons. In this role she is responsible for scrutinising the government’s parliamentary agenda and ensuring the effective running of parliament. Thangam was previously Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Housing, Shadow Brexit Minister and a Labour whip. Since Thangam was first elected in 2015, she has championed a wide range of issues, including refugee rights, cancer treatment for young people and support for the creative industries.

Amy Leversidge - FDA

Amy is the Assistant General Secretary at the FDA union, the union for leaders and managers in the civil service and public service, including the House of Commons. Amy is responsible for the union’s organising, learning and communications functions, in addition to managing half the National Officer team, including the FDA’s Officers in the devolved nations. Amy led on the union’s campaign in the House of Commons to get a fully independent policy to deal with bullying, harassment and sexual harassment complaints and she has written articles for The House magazine, the Times, the Guardian, and the Huffington Post about the issues. Previously Amy worked at the Royal College of Midwives and organised the first ever industrial action undertaken by midwives in the 134-year history of the union. Amy has an MSc in Employment Relations from Warwick University.

Rosa Prince - The House magazine

Rosa has been Editor of The House magazine since February 2021. She was in the Lobby for 10 years for the Daily Mirror and The Telegraph and was a member of the team that broke the 2009 expenses scandal before becoming US Correspondent. As a freelance commentator and writer on UK and US politics, her bylines have appeared in publications around the world including the New York Times, The Atlantic, The Times, Daily Mail, Grazia UK, Politico EU and She is also a frequent broadcast pundit, podcast guest and public speaker. Rosa is the author of biographies of Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May and of two collections of interviews with MPs as they prepared to retire, Standing Down and Standing Down 2017, and is also a ghostwriter of political books.

Michael Salter-Church MBE - Openreach

Michael is the Director of External Affairs, CSR & Policy for Openreach, the UK’s largest digital infrastructure company. He has a background in communications and public affairs, having spent most of his career in Westminster. He served as a special advisor in No10 to David Cameron, leading on broadcasting and equal marriage legislation. He has worked in banking and retail, heading up Public Affairs for Sainsbury’s during its acquisition of Argos. In 2012, Michael founded, and still co-chairs, LGBT+ Pride in London, the Community Interest Company that organises London’s Pride events. He is a member of the organising committee for the Ultimate News Quiz, the leading annual fundraising event for two charities, Action for Children and Restless Development, and serves as an advisor to National Student Pride. In 2019 he was elected to the governing Council of the National Trust. Michael was awarded an MBE in 2015 for public service and in 2019 accepted the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service on behalf of Pride in London.

Dr Hannah White OBE - Institute for Government

Hannah has strategic oversight of the Institute’s programme of work on government, Parliament, and the civil service, focusing on our external relationships and impact. Hannah has extensive knowledge of Westminster and Whitehall based on over a decade of experience in Parliament and the civil service. Before running the Committee on Standards in Public Life in the Cabinet Office, she was a clerk in the House of Commons managing select and legislative committees and advising on parliamentary procedure. Hannah is a commentator for radio and television and has appeared on Radio 4’s Westminster Hour, World at One, the Today programme, Newsnight, BBC News and Sky News. She is a regular contributor to the Institute’s comment pages and writes for a range of media including The Guardian, The Times, The Telegraph and Civil Service World. Hannah joined the Institute for Government in May 2014 and leads the Institute’s work on Parliament.

Rt Hon the Lord McFall of Alcluith

Judge of The Lord Speaker's Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Lords

John Francis McFall was elected as Lord Speaker of the House of Lords in 2021. Before entering the Lords in 2010, McFall was a Labour MP between 1987 and 2010, first for Dumbarton and later for West Dumbartonshire. During his time as an MP, he served as a Minister in the Northern Ireland Office and as a Government Whip. He also chaired the Treasury Select Committee between 2001 and 2010. He has been named a Which? As a Consumer Champion for his efforts to improve financial services for consumers and maintains a keen interest in consumer rights and good governance. As Lord Speaker, Lord McFall oversees proceedings in the chamber, chairs the House of Lords Commission and promotes the work of the House in the UK and abroad. Before his political career, he was a teacher and deputy Headteacher for 23 years in the West of Scotland.

Rt Hon Sir Lindsay Hoyle MP

Judge of The Speaker's Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Commons

Sir Lindsay Hoyle’s world has always revolved around politics. As a babe in arms in 1957, he attended his first Labour Party conference with his father, Doug, now Lord Hoyle, then an aspiring MP. From the age of seven, he was a regular on the campaign trail, delivering leaflets to help his father’s first attempt to stand in Clitheroe. When Doug Hoyle finally secured the Nelson and Colne constituency in 1974, it was no surprise Lindsay’s political career was set. He became the youngest ever councillor to serve Chorley when elected in 1980 at the age of 22. He went on to become Deputy Leader of Chorley Council, and then Mayor of Chorley in 1997-1998. Having his appetite wetted by local politics, Lindsay stood and won the Chorley seat in. In Parliament, Lindsay has served on the Trade & Industry Select Committee and the European Scrutiny Committee, and in 2010, he was elected by fellow MPs to the position of Deputy Speaker and Chairman of Ways and Means. But on a pledge to keep MPs, staff, and their families safe, to be an impartial chair and improve the image of Parliament, Lindsay was elected as Speaker on 4 November 2019, following the resignation of Speaker John Bercow.

With special thanks to:
Sir Lindsay Hoyle Judge of The Speaker's Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Commons

Rt Hon Sir Lindsay Hoyle MP
Judge of The Speaker's Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Commons

Lord McFall Judge of The Lord Speaker's Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Lords

Rt Hon Lord McFall of Alcluith
Judge of The Lord Speaker's Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Lords

The Shortlist

Staffer of the Year for Scotland

This Award recognises a staffer who currently works for a Member of Parliament with a constituency based in Scotland, who has gone above and beyond. The Award is open to staffers working for any party, in either a Westminster or constituency office.

Euan Davidson

Researcher, Christine Jardine MP

As a researcher for the constituency of Edinburgh West, Euan has played a key role in connecting constituents directly to their parliamentary office and making them feel much more included in the democratic process.

Despite only starting his role a few months before the pandemic hit, Euan has worked tirelessly to enhance social media interaction with constituents to make them feel more directly engaged with the issues affecting them. He has actioned this by setting up several zoom calls for interested groups during the pandemic and by creating email groups to keep constituents informed on specific issues they raised to the office. He also worked long hours on casework in the early stages of the pandemic to ensure the safety of constituents abroad.

The value that Euan places on communication between the electorate and their representative and the measures he has taken to grow this relationship is a real accomplishment.

Roberta Kirosingh

Office Manager & APPG Secretariat, Dr Lisa Cameron MP

Roberta consistently goes the extra mile to support the needs of others and to amplify the voices of those fighting to improve lives.

Renowned for her work with disability charities, as co-coordinator for the APPG on Disability, Roberta works with over 200 Parliamentarians to arrange events and meetings, all with the aim of raising the profile of disability issues. Social mobility is another issue Roberta feels strongly about, which has meant through her position as the parliamentary lead for the Mentoring APPG, she was able to successfully sign up 200 Parliamentarians for National Mentoring week. As a result, many young people from underrepresented backgrounds were able to receive invaluable mentoring experience and an insight into a career in politics.

Through her kindness, hard work and professionalism, Roberta has helped make the House more accessible for young people and those with disabilities, and has inspired many people whilst doing so.

Matthew Spencer

Parliamentary Intern, Dr Lisa Cameron MP

Matthew has been instrumental in championing for inclusion and job opportunity for disabled people and subsequently normalising disability inclusion in parliamentary workplaces.

He has played a vital role in assisting a project in collaboration with the Disability APPG, focused on ensuring that MPs become Accredited Disability Confident Employers. His efforts have meant that 24% of MPs now offer work experience to people with disabilities in their constituencies, which is up from 13% previously. This project received cross-party support but could not have been achieved without Matthew’s leading organisation of an online event to get MPs to support the initiative, his coordination with the DWP and subsequent follow-ups with MPs offices to ensure correct action was being taken.

As a direct consequence of Matthew’s work, MPs offices have become more diverse, Parliament now has a more inclusive workforce and people with disabilities have greater opportunity to learn about working in politics.

Staffer of the Year for Northern Ireland

This Award recognises a staffer who currently works for a Member of Parliament with a constituency based in Northern Ireland, who has gone above and beyond. The Award is open to staffers working for any party, in either a Westminster or constituency office.

Tracy Craig

Caseworker, Gregory Campbell MP

Acting as a champion for those in the greatest need is of the utmost importance to Tracy. She has worked as a caseworker for Gregory Campbell MP for over ten years, helping thousands of constituents in East Londonberry on a variety of issues.

During the Covid19 pandemic, Tracy was critical in maintaining the office’s heavy case workload, all whilst caring for her mother who suffers from acute health problems, illustrating the clear dedication she has for her job. She also placed those working in the health care sector at the top of her priorities, to provide workers with any additional support during the pandemic.

Tracy’s caring nature means that she goes above and beyond for constituents, often taking calls and emails outside of working hours to ensure she resolves their concerns and gets the desired outcomes on her casework.

Niamh McCourt

Senior Parliamentary Researcher, Dr Stephen Farry MP

Niamh has played an integral role in helping 27 vulnerable Afghans, who were either under the threat of death or forced marriages following the fall of Kabul, reach safety in the UK and Ireland and build new lives.

Recently, Niamh worked tirelessly to coordinate the complex and dangerous escape of Bilal Nasiri’s family, an interpreter of Naval Officer Tim McCullagh, a constituent of North Down. Bilal’s family were under direct threat from the Taliban due to his job however, Niamh worked closely with the Irish Government to acquire necessary documentation and then with people on the ground in Afghanistan to organise all the logistics for their safe passage to Ireland.

On behalf of Stephan’s office, Niamh continues to liaise with vulnerable Afghans and help signpost them to assistance. She also keeps in contact with Bilal’s family to provide support and ensure they are integrating comfortably into the community.

Drusilla Summers

Parliamentary Business & Communications Officer, Democratic Unionist Party

Drusilla puts the DUP at the forefront of everything she does, proving why she is such an asset to the smooth-running of the party.

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic she worked around the clock to ensure that the 8 MPs and 5 Peers she represents could fulfil their public service roles to the best of their ability. She has also worked tirelessly on rotas to guarantee that MPs are always in the right place at the right time for business and political meetings, whether virtual or in person.

Her work involves liaising between the DUP, the government and opposition parties and thus requires a lot of organisation. Drusilla is focused and committed to making sure that the people of Northern Ireland have an efficient team working for them.

Staffer of the Year for Wales

This Award recognises a staffer who currently works for a Member of Parliament with a constituency based in Wales, who has gone above and beyond. The Award is open to staffers working for any party, in either a Westminster or constituency office.

Lauren Kinsey

Communications Manager, Anna McMorrin MP

Always working with a positive attitude, compassion and a smile, Lauren has helped countless constituents in Cardiff North, making each one feel as though their voice matters.

Using her background and training as a Dementia Friend, Lauren has rolled out dementia awareness sessions for local businesses in the constituency, meaning cafes and shops now understand how to support those living with dementia. Lauren has also taken the lead on several environmental campaigns against plastic, which has mobilised people, particularly children and their parents in Cardiff North to adopt behavioral changes in the fight against single use plastics. During the summer, Lauren’s work also extended to supporting families leaving Afghanistan.

Regardless of the challenge, Lauren always has a solution to constituents’ needs and wider problems, explaining why she is admired by so many for her efforts in transforming the lives of those around her and for her commitment to working together to make positive change.

Emma Thatcher

Senior Caseworker, Carolyn Harris MP

Emma’s dedication to tackling food insecurity has meant that many vulnerable families across Swansea East have not had to go hungry, a problem exacerbated by the pandemic.

The consideration Emma has for her community is evidenced by the endless hours she has spent sourcing donations, delivering provisions, and personally making meals for constituents. Emma has been at the forefront of feeding-projects run by Carolyn Harris that include organising summer lunch clubs and breakfast packs for children, as well as the Everyone Deserves a Christmas campaign, which last year distributed more than 1000 hampers and over 100 hot dinners. During lockdown, Emma was also a key member of the Swansea Together team, which cooked meals and delivered provisions to isolated or struggling community members.

Always putting the needs of others before her own has meant that Emma has been able to provide struggling families with a glimmer of hope in difficult times.

Gareth Wyn Hughes

Office Manager, Chris Bryant MP

Gareth’s dedication to the people of his constituency is clearly evidenced by the work he has done to helping Rhondda’s constituents whenever he can.

Often working tirelessly throughout the week, Gareth led a project in 2020 in response to terrible flooding in Wales that raised around £1,500 for each of the 240 flood victims who lost everything due to weather conditions. His commitment to charitable causes is also evidenced by another project he ran for children during the Welsh Christmas lockdown. The ‘give a kid a present’ campaign enabled 1,000 Rhondda children to receive Christmas gifts, who might otherwise have gone without.

Gareth’s caring personality and selflessness has resulted in the improvement of the livelihoods of many people in Rhondda.

Staffer of the Year for London

This Award recognises a staffer who currently works for a Member of Parliament with a constituency based in London, who has gone above and beyond. The Award is open to staffers working for any party, in either a Westminster or constituency office.

Matthew Goddin

Head of Office, Wes Streeting MP

Matthew’s commitment to his role is unparalleled. He has played a leading role in supporting Wes Streeting MP across three frontbench roles and after Wes’ recent kidney cancer diagnosis, he stepped to up become the ‘caretaker MP’, overseeing all parliamentary business in his absence.

Despite high volumes of casework throughout the pandemic, Matthew ensured that constituents continued to receive high quality advice and support in response to their concerns. He is a well-known figure in the office for being a great team leader and supportive manager, with new starters and interns appreciating the time he invests in their career development and wellbeing. Other MPs offices have also benefited from Matthew’s strong leadership skills, as he has dedicated time to support them in setting up their offices.

The positive impact Matthew has had on his team, other MPs offices and constituents highlights the passion he has for his job.

Ashley Harmon

Senior Caseworker & Office Manager, Dr Stella Creasy MP

Ashely is a passionate and hard-working member of Dr Stella Creasy MP’s team who cares deeply about other staff, their wellbeing and promoting open discussion on the emotional nature of work undertaken by parliamentary staff.

When the Taliban invaded Afghanistan, Ashley evidenced her incredible people management. The office saw some of the highest case rates in the country of residents appealing to their MP to help their families abroad and Ashley played a vital part in ensuring the safe passage of refugees. Another huge achievement of Ashely’s is her involvement in the creation of a specialist legal housing advisory service that has benefitted many vulnerable constituents in Walthamstow, where housing is a huge problem. The service has enabled people to understand their housing rights but has also helped Afghan refugees to settle in the constituency.

Ashely’s success could not be achieved without the time and effort she dedicates into addressing the root causes of problems in her area.

Jenny Symmons

Senior Researcher, Janet Daby MP

Jenny is a hard-working Parliamentary Assistant and a dedicated Chair of the GMB Union MPs’ and Peers’ staff branch, where she has worked tirelessly to ensure the branch remained active and supportive of its members throughout the pandemic.

Her work is of vital importance to Parliamentary staff as she oversees campaigns on topics such as paid vaccination leave and flexible and home working. Jenny also represents staff in disputes that often can involve sensitive issues like sexual harassment and bullying. During the pandemic, when staff were not physically in Parliament, she made sure to run union branch meetings via zoom for staff to voice their concerns in a secure place. She is always on hand to support MPs and new staff with her friendly and approachable demeanor.

Jenny advocates for a tolerant and respectful workplace and is committed to changing the culture of Parliament to make it a safe and supportive environment for all.

Staffer of the Year for Northern England

This Award recognises a staffer who currently works for a Member of Parliament with a constituency based in the North of England, who has gone above and beyond. The Award is open to staffers working for any party, in either a Westminster or constituency office.

Sajid Hussain

Caseworker, Mark Eastwood MP

Sajid works as an Immigration Caseworker and Outreach Coordinator for the office of Mark Eastwood MP.

He has helped resolved hundreds of immigration cases affecting constituents, often working out of hours to ensure families are protected. The pandemic highlighted his strong commitment to supporting constituents abroad in places like India and Pakistan, as he worked ungodly hours to liaise with people in a multitude of time zones to coordinate their safe return to the UK. Sajid’s language skills and fluency in Arabic, Urdu and Punjabi is a real asset to his MPs constituency office, as he has helped connect and communicate with the diverse electorate in Dewsbury, that is seeing a growing population of Pakistani and Indian residents.

The pride Sajid takes in his work explains why he is a respected figure within his constituency, the Asian Community and the Home Office.

Estelle Warhurst

Office Manager, Sir Mark Hendrick MP

The establishment of the cross-party Wellness Working Group (WWG), focused on safeguarding the wellbeing of MPs staff both in Westminster and in their constituencies, is owed to Estelle’s hard work.

Estelle is determined to improve the mental health and wellbeing of MPs staff who are often subject to abuse and stress. As part of setting up the WWG, she helped create an intranet page that signposts staff to all relevant support services and collates them in one place. She has also been instrumental in arranging mindfulness sessions and mental health training for staff. Estelle’s caring nature is appreciated by lots of people, as she has a strong belief in looking after one another to maintain better health and as a result improve performance.

As a result of her work, she has helped hundreds of MPs staff receive support and assistance that in turn places them in better stead to serve constituents.

Hope Williams

Parliamentary Support Officer, Craig Whittaker MP

Hope, despite only working for Craig Whittaker MP since the start of the pandemic, has made a profound impact on the constituency of Calder Valley.

She has dedicated a lot of her free time understanding the complexities of casework and has had to deal with serious and sensitive issues from the get-go. Hope also leads the office of PR and Communications and played a key role in conceptualising a brand-new A-Z Virtual Careers Fair, something that had never been seen in Yorkshire. This event brought together various local professionals online and provided over 330 attendees, including students, career changers and the unemployed, with the opportunity to speak to a variety of employers across sectors.

The young, forward thinking and fresh perspective Hope brings to politics has reaped huge benefits for Craig’s office and has engaged many constituents who may have previously felt apathetic.

Staffer of the Year for Central England

This Award recognises a staffer who currently works for a Member of Parliament with a constituency based in Central England, who has gone above and beyond. The Award is open to staffers working for any party, in either a Westminster or constituency office.

Cameron Brady-Turner

Senior Parliamentary Assistant, Preet Kaur Gill MP

Cameron has played a huge part in keeping on top of the unprecedented levels of casework in his MPs office, whilst also contributing to the running of successful campaigns that have had positive impacts for Edgbaston and beyond.

There is no task that Cameron has not carried out, supporting his MP on research, prep for speeches, social media and work with the British Sikhs APPG. He helped run the fuel poverty campaign focused on getting British Gas to change policy on raising the minimum top up amount for prepay tariffs, creating a petition that generated over 90,000 signatures. Cameron also led a building safety campaign, where he organised a Birmingham wide virtual summit, attended by the Minister, to support constituents facing extortionate bills for building remediation work due to the cladding scandal.

Cameron’s conscientiousness and caring nature has made a real difference in improving the livelihoods of constituents in Birmingham.

Gill Lee

Office Manager, Sir David Amess MP

Gill, as a loyal friend and office manager to the late Sir David Amess MP, has felt the loss that the country has felt to a great degree.

Notorious for being a dedicated constituency MP, Gill helped Sir David deliver for his constituents, often going beyond the call of duty to achieve success on all his priorities and goals. Whether this was through the organisation of Sir David’s diary both in London and Southend West, coordinating his business and supporting campaigns such as making Southend a city, Gill always applied hard work and diligence to these tasks.

Since Sir David’s tragic passing, Gill has personally spent a lot of time responding the many messages of condolence and support, whilst also ensuring that she supports the rest of the office’s staff with their mental health as they deal with shock and intense grief.

Sarah White

Senior Caseworker, Pauline Latham OBE MP

Prioritising the needs of constituents over her own is something that Sarah has clearly demonstrated over the past few years.

Sarah has built up a strong relationship with a mother and her ill son in Mid Derbyshire, who suffers from a rare auto immune disease. She has provided continuous aide to the family, helping them get the correct assistance and support they require to deal with a complex and challenging disease, also factoring their financial troubles as neither are in the position to work. The Covid-19 pandemic heightened the son’s vulnerability and with both unable to drive, Sarah offered to take them to the vaccination centre herself to avoid public transport and to ensure they were both comfortable and safe travelling to receive their immunizations.

The support Sarah has shown to this family throughout every step of their struggle highlights her kind and selfness nature, appreciated by all constituents.

Staffer of the Year for Southern England

This Award recognises a staffer who currently works for a Member of Parliament with a constituency based in the South of England, who has gone above and beyond. The Award is open to staffers working for any party, in either a Westminster or constituency office.

Rebecca Clements

Communications Advisor & Parliamentary Assistant, Rt Hon Robert Buckland QC MP

Rebecca has supported many of the most vulnerable children in South Swindon during the pandemic through her leadership on a campaign that donates laptops to homeschoolers.

The campaign required dedication and huge time commitment from Rebecca as she had to contact local people and businesses, including IT businesses, who were able to take in donated devices and refurbish them ready for pupils to use. As a result of her efforts, around 60 laptops have been donated to school children. The success of the campaign meant that in May 2021, the scheme was extended so that local charities like Swindon MS and Neuro Therapy Centre could also benefit from donated laptops.

Rebecca demonstrated the importance of communities working together to support one another in times of crisis. Her selflessness and passion for helping those in need is unparalleled as she is still keen to work on the initiative despite currently recuperating from a serious road traffic accident.

Lucy-Anne Hickey

Parliamentary Assistant, Steve Baker MP

Lucy-Anne, since working for Steve Baker MP, has transformed the service that the constituency of Wycombe provide to the public.

Bringing energy and focus to her work, Lucy has been fundamental in rapidly crushing mountains of correspondence, always providing constituents with detailed responses to concerns. She ensures to work closely with Steve’s casework team and stakeholders to bring all matters of policy into Parliament and to the attention of ministers. Unphased by the adjustment to the new way of working during the pandemic, Lucy always ensured that Steve was fully prepped for all parliamentary business. She is currently working on bringing machine learning (AI) to the handling of emails, a complex task that promises to enhance the productivity of the office to benefit constituents as well as the wider nation.

The speed and quality of work that Lucy produces is unmatched, explaining why she a real asset to her MP.

Freddie Russell

Parliamentary Assistant, Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox MP

Freddie’s work and commitment to the issue of Cladding in light of the Grenfell disaster, has not only benefited those living in North Somerset but people nationally, earning him a stellar reputation for his service.

Despite its sensitive nature, Freddie has gone above and beyond to understand the issue of cladding and concerns regarding its use. Through establishing excellent relationships with constituents and listening to individuals in groups, Freddie was able to create a collaborative working environment where himself, residents and their MP, tabled an Amendment to the Fire Safety Bill. Even though this was not accepted by the Government, a compromise where DCLG and Homes England would conduct the ‘Portishead Case Study’ took crucial leadership from Freddie.

Freddie’s dedication to amplifying the voices of constituents saw him successfully secure two virtual visits for residents with Minister Lord Greenhalgh and the former Secretary of State, Robert Jenrick, in summer 2021.

Staffer of the Year for the House of Lords

This Award recognises a staffer who currently works for a Peer, representing any political party, who has gone above and beyond.

Ameet Jogia

Chief of Staff, Lord Popat of Harrow

Starting as an intern and working his way up to Chief of Staff, Ameet is a talented and long-serving member of Lord Popat’s team.

Ameet helped set up the first International Women’s Day debate for non-Parliamentarians in Parliament and worked tirelessly to put Africa on the Parliamentary agenda in the Lords, working with APPGs, embassies and other organisations to enhance Africa’s status. Passionate about outlawing discrimination, he also spurred Lord Popat to host a debate in Parliament focused on anti-Semitism. His work also actioned removal of the embargo on key medicines during the pandemic, a benefit to local pharmacies and subsequently the wider population.

Ameet has been invaluable in championing on behalf of under-represented groups within Parliament and advocating for issues that often fall between the cracks with MPs. Despite tragically losing both his parents to cancer and then welcoming a newborn, Ameet continued to work, reflecting his admirable dedication to democracy.

Ben Wood

Legislative & Political Advisor, Lord Collins of Highbury

Ben played a fundamental role in providing political and research support to Lord Collins as Shadow Minister of FCDO.

He has supported the Labour review into possible reforms to United Nations institutions and has led the process from the start to its final stages. Ben has tasked with engaging international counterparts from all over the world to make sure his evidence reflects diversity of opinion. His hard work is evidenced in all that he does, earning him a great deal of respect for the effort he has put into bridging the gap between the Commons and Lords. The good relationships Ben has built within Parliament have made other challenges, such as evacuating Afghans out of Kabul, much simpler.

Through his stress on cooperation, Ben has encouraged collaborative foreign policy with cross party support, meaning Parliament has been able to fly the flag worldwide for human rights.

Grace Wright

Senior Political & Legislative Advisor, The Official Opposition, House of Lords

Grace as a Senior Political Adviser, is central to the smooth and efficient operation of the Official Opposition Office in the House of Lords.

Remote and hybrid working has proven to be a challenge for discussing the details of legislation as usual impromptu conversations have had to be pre-arranged and planned. Grace, who was the senior advisor to the Domestic Abuse Bill, remained unphased by this challenge and was calmly able to manage the various amendments and the overall process to the best of her ability. She also provides a great deal of support to her small but experienced team, ensuring they feel confident in managing their workload.

Grace is respected and trusted by many Labour Peers and staff for her excellent drafting and briefing skills and the mature political judgement she displays over complex issues, explaining why she is such an asset to her team.

Staffer of the Year for Select Committees

This Award recognises a staffer who currently works for a Select Committee, in the House of Commons or the House of Lords, who has gone above and beyond.

Martyn Atkins

Committee Clerk, Procedure Committee

The Commons Procedure Committee was actively engaged in the arrangements for the House to continue functioning during the pandemic from the day it was nominated. Its engagement was crucial in the early days of lockdown, as its Chair and members reported on the House authorities’ proposals which ensured MPs retained their ability to represent constituents and scrutinise policy and legislation throughout the pandemic.

During those turbulent and uncertain weeks in March and April 2020, Martyn brought his calm manner, long experience of the committee’s work and considerable practical and procedural knowledge to assist the newly appointed committee. He played a key role in drafting the Committee’s recommendations on implementing hybrid Chamber proceedings and remote voting, and in securing the procedural arrangements for select committees to meet virtually.

Many Commons staff contributed immensely, in myriad ways, to the continued functioning of the House during the pandemic lockdowns. It is nevertheless no exaggeration to say that the House genuinely benefited from Martyn’s unique contribution.

Ed Beale

Head of Shared Team Services & Director of Business Management, Select Committee Team/Chamber & Participation Team

Ed is a motivated and committed leader, who oversees a large team of over 20 staff that cover a range of business support disciplines for select committees’ and chamber services.

In response to a recent review by the Clerk of the House of organisational structures, Ed was central to the establishment of the Chamber and Participation Team (CPT) and the Select Committee Team (SCT). He has played a crucial role in ensuring the two teams collaborate and develop close links to deliver the Commission’s vision and facilitate effective scrutiny and debate. Supporting this large-scale restructure has been a complex task however, Ed managed this extremely well, communicating highly effectively at all levels of the organisation to ensure a smooth transition. The support he provides to the managing directors of the CPT and SCT and other key stakeholders ultimately benefits the House service as a whole.

Ed’s excellent management behaviours are valued by his colleagues, meaning he sets an exceptional example that will help shape fantastic future leaders at the House of Commons.

David Slater

Clerk, Commons Clerk, Draft Online Safety Bill (Joint Committee)

David is an impressive individual, who has navigated the difficult and demanding job of supervising a committee of both houses on a complex and contentious piece of legislation, in a time of crisis.

He has been crucial in sourcing a variety of witnesses and stakeholders, providing briefings and responding to the needs of the committee. What makes David even more admirable is the fact that he was not supposed to be in this role and has stood in for a colleague dealing with an emergency, proving his versatility and adaptability.

The committee receives a lot of attention, and the Online Safety Bill is often in the press, however David has ensured both himself and his team focus the work of the committee on producing a well-argued report to government. His aim is to concentrate on improving this significant piece of legislation to benefit the lives of the public in the future.

Parliamentary In-House Team of the Year

Parliament relies on the work of thousands of members of staff working across the House of Commons, House of Lords, and Parliamentary Digital Service to help towards the smooth running of Parliament. This Award recognises a team that has gone above and beyond.

Legislation Office, House of Lords

The Legislation Office is the engine room of the House of Lords as a legislative Chamber, supporting members in the scrutiny of all legislation, a task made increasingly difficult by the pandemic.

Despite unprecedented and challenging circumstances, 55 Bills were passed last Session, a credit to the professionalism and dedication of the Legislation Office. Not only have the team been able to manage business as usual, dealing with extremely heavy workloads, but they have also managed to push future initiatives such as progressing two transformational IT projects forward. The office has provided excellent services to facilitate the work of House members, like supporting new Deputy Speakers and Table Clerks, navigating unfamiliar IT from home.

The team has adjusted incredibly well to the ‘new normal’, including supporting a new process to continue remote participation for eligible disabled members. Throughout the crisis, the office worked tirelessly to support democracy and the rule of law.

Members’ Services Team

The Member’s Services Team (MST) have been praised by office managers and MPs staff for the incredible support they provide day in and day out, especially during the pandemic.

The team is responsible for assisting MPs and their staff through the provision of HR guidance, training, and pastoral support. The Drop-in sessions that the MST run and the Best Practice Guides they produce have helped Member’s staff feel supported and well-informed on a range of issues from dealing with suicide callers, to stress awareness, to data protection. When new staff first begin their employment, the team proactively contact them and ensure they feel welcomed and supported in an induction.

It is through the work of the MST that MPs staff from all over the UK have been brought together in a cross-party community, to share information and advice which in turn generates more efficient and effective services to their Member’s constituents.

Security Vetting & Pass Office

The Security Vetting team provide a crucial service supporting all stakeholders working across both Houses.

During the pandemic, the team remained on the Estate every day, unable to work from home due to their secure systems being inaccessible. The team helped with the Virtual Parliament, working with Broadcasting to clear various engineers to complete the process quickly to keep business operating as usual in an uncertain time. The return to work on the 6th of September was a busy time for the office due to the high volume of staff returning to work for the first time since Covid, however the teams’ meticulous planning and introduction of new measures enabled the smooth issuing of over 200 passes with minimal queues and delays.

Although travel at the pandemic’s height was daunting for staff members, the team’s dedication to their jobs meant that they continued working to ensure that members could conduct their vital work virtually.

Parliamentary In-House Individual of the Year

Parliament relies on the work of thousands of members of staff working across the House of Commons, House of Lords, and Parliamentary Digital Service to help towards the smooth running of Parliament. This Award recognises an individual that has gone above and beyond.

Sally Freestone

Deputy Director of Parliamentary Broadcasting (Audio/Video), Broadcasting Unit, Houses of Parliament

Sally has been crucial in providing exceptional levels of support to hybrid proceedings to both the House of Commons and Lords from autumn 2020 onwards.

As a direct result of her work, members of both Houses could contribute to debates in large numbers when required, and both Houses were able to sit at short notice in hybrid form to pass, for instance, legislation to ratify the UK’s Trade and Cooperation Agreement with the EU.

Sally provided excellent support to colleagues working to link broadcasters, Zoom video conferencing operators and colleagues in the Chambers together, and through the bespoke training she developed, was able to coach colleagues who had not previously worked on Chamber business or coverage.

The professional commitment Sally has shown to her role has enabled the new system to work smoothly. Furthermore, Sally and her team have been brilliant in continuing to support disabled members of the House of Lords who retain eligibility to participate virtually into proceedings when they wish to.

Della Herd

Director of Business Management for People & Culture, People & Culture Team

Having worked in Parliament for nearly 25 years in a variety of roles, Della is a dedicated individual with a genuine interest in supporting a thriving Parliamentary democracy.

Della plays a vital role supporting her staff in their career progression and she will do anything she can to help with career development. Despite having an extremely busy job, Della always finds the time, often outside of working hours, to support individuals with application forms, prep for interviews and signpost any relevant career opportunities. Across the House, there are many individuals who would have received and benefitted from her career guidance. Della is the perfect role-model for excellent managerial behavior and is not afraid to call out malpractice, meaning she has been a huge part in driving the culture change within the House.

As a highly respected figure, the attention she places on ensuring staff satisfaction, makes Della worthy of recognition for her service.

Andrew Makower

Clerk of Legislation, Legislation Office, House of Lords

Andrew, as Clerk of Legislation in the Lords’ Legislation Office, was fundamental in enabling the House to continue with accountability and scrutiny of the Government and its legislation, during lockdown.

From the outset of the pandemic, Andrew looked at what would be needed to run an effective remote-working Parliament. He liaised with all concerned to ensure his development of procedures accommodated the needs of the House, rehearsing different scenarios in preparation for every eventuality. Andrew is always primed to deal with any difficulties when the House is sitting and is at the forefront of ensuring that the Lord Speaker’s team feel supported and well-briefed.

Even though most people will never fully know the level of work and planning that went into making Parliament function well during the pandemic, Andrew was a key player in making this unforeseen adjustment, which has benefitted the whole of the nation.

The Speaker's Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Commons

This Award recognises an individual or team who has shown outstanding dedication and commitment to help make the House of Commons a better place and will be chosen by The Speaker.

The Lord Speaker's Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Lords

This Award recognises an individual or team who has shown outstanding dedication and commitment to help make the House of Lords a better place and will be chosen by the Lord Speaker.

The Openreach Award

The winner of this award will be chosen by the Judges from the winners of all the categories and will be declared the overall Winner!

2020 Winners

Westminster Staffer of the Year (Conservative Party) Award

Harriet Butcher, Senior Parliamentary Assistant to Siobhan Baillie MP

Westminster Staffer of the Year (Labour Party and Labour/Co-Operative) Award

Collette Bird, Political Adviser for Jonathan Ashworth MP

Westminster Staffer of the Year (Scottish National Party) Award

Roberta Kirosingh, Westminster Office Manager for Dr Lisa Cameron MP

Westminster Staffer of the Year (Crossbench, Independent, Liberal Democrat or Other Parties) Award

Naimah Khatun, Parliamentary Assistant in the Liberal Democrats Lords Whip’s Office

Constituency Staffer of The Year (All Parties) Award

Hayley Hughes, Office Manager & Senior Caseworker for Alex Davies-Jones MP

Parliamentary In-House Individual of the Year Award

John Angeli OBE, Director of Parliamentary Audio-Video in the Broadcasting Unit

Parliamentary In-House Team of the Year Award

Customer Experience & Service Delivery Team

Service Delivery, Logistics, Heritage Cleaners, Fire Safety, Catering, Porterage, Accommodation

Diversity and Inclusion Award

Louise Whitley, Senior Specialist in the Chamber & Committee Team

Openreach Special Award for Connecting Communities

Outreach & Engagement Team

Steven Williams, Sky Yarlett, Alasdair Mackenzie, Jordan Daly, Lynn Hobson, Gillian Bell, Malcolm Smith, Nikki Luke, Kerrie Carpenter, Charlotte Dobson, Gary Hart, Rachael Dodgson, Clare Mullin, Fiona Payne, Steven Williams, Tom Williams

The Judges Award for Outstanding Contribution to Parliament

House of Commons and House of Lords Catering Teams

The Speaker's Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Commons

Heritage Cleaning Team – In-House Services and Estates

Eliza Steffens, David Ray, Imelda Hughes, Kemi Ajao, Evelyn Andreou, Abdulai Balogun, Fatima Bashir, Matilda Boateng, Deborah Compton, Carmen de la Cruz, Elaine De Sousa Sales, Dolores Estrella Gonzales, Oluremi Fakeye, Giancarlo Fiesco, Julian Kelly, Norine Hudson, Michael McDowell, Fasil Meleke, Theresa Ofosu, Adeola Olouken, Magdalena Ong, Kwame Oppong, Akwasi Pakohene, Elbia Rodriguez, Elizabeth Rubio-Puello, Oluwatoyin Sofolarin, Wilmer Valenzuela

The Lord Speaker's Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Lords

Peer Hub Team

Nik Spicer, Matt Stutely, Steve Hayter, Tom Kelly, Gary A Moore, Sarah Allett, Sarah O’Carroll, Ann Kearns, Simon Dorn, Connie Hodges, Daniel Crutchfield, Loraine Midda, Avi Dussaram, Chris Richardson

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