Staggering success at first ever Vertas Staff Awards

Submitted by Amelia O'Hanlon | 02/03/2016

Over 130 guests gathered for an evening of entertainment and celebration at the first ever Vertas: Making the Difference Staff Awards ceremony.

The black tie event was born out of the aim to truly recognise Vertas’ employees who demonstrate their unrivalled levels of commitment, innovation and service excellence whilst carrying out their role.

The awards which were fully-funded by Vertas’ supply partners with Bidvest Foodservice as the headline sponsor set out to recognise the commitment of star employees within the 2,500 strong workforce; based across East Anglia.

After careful deliberation, Vertas’ Senior Leadership Team shortlisted the nominations to arrive at three outstanding nominees, including a winner in each of the nine categories.

Ian Surtees, Group Managing Director for Vertas, said:

“I am thrilled with the success of our first ever staff awards ceremony and huge congratulations goes to our nine winners and everyone nominated.

“This event provided the opportunity for us to recognise and celebrate our colleagues who consistently demonstrate excellent practice and quality customer service within their role.

“Vertas prides itself on its committed individuals who strive to go above and beyond to ensure that their clients and customers have truly positive experiences.

“Whether our winners manage a busy school kitchen, produce cutting-edge graphic designs and printed material or manage the cleanliness of the most prestigious buildings across our business area; this night provided an opportunity for these hard-working teams and individuals to receive the recognition they deserve.”

The winners for the 2016 awards ceremony are:

Employee of the Year

Sponsored by Bidvest Foodservice

  • Charlotte Pryke – Contract Manager (based in West Suffolk)

Team of the Year

Sponsored by Accent Fresh

  • Gorseland Primary School Catering Team

Lifetime Achievement

Sponsored by McCain Foodservice

  • Rosie Gentile – Head of Kitchen at Westbourne Academy

Colleagues Champion

Sponsored by Rose Hygiene

  • Corinne Barker – Catering Manager at Suffolk One

Specialist of the Year

Sponsored by Expense Reduction Analysts

  • Danny Barnes – Graphic Designer

Going the Extra Mile

Sponsored by MMB Environmental

  • Mahani Abdool Raheem – Hospitality Supervisor for Caraway (Vertas’ hospitality catering brand)

Inspiring Leaders

Sponsored by Rubber Cheese

  • Jo-Ann Porter – Compliance Manager for Health, Safety, Quality and Environment (HSQE)


Sponsored by Paint by Conran

  • Lee Johns – Cleaning Manager at Endeavour House

Customer 1st

Sponsored by Birketts

  • Tracy Aldous – Head of Kitchen at Maidstone Infant School

For more information about the awards and photos of the winners

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