Pilgrims Group’s finest recognised at annual Security Officer of the Year Awards

Pilgrims Group’s Security Officer of the Year Awards Ceremony has once again recognised the outstanding achievements and performances of security professionals within its business at both the individual and team levels.

The 2013 event took place at Hoebridge Golf Club in Surrey, combining a fun golf competition for all nominees prior to a sit down lunch and the awards ceremony.

The criteria on which regional and national officers were judged included proactiveness, effort, reliability and added value, while the criteria for the national team awards included the assessment of qualities such as motivation and enthusiasm, good teamwork and communication.

The Team Gold Award for 2013 went to the team in Grimsby

The Team Gold Award for 2013 went to the team in Grimsby

Recognising hard work and dedication

“The selection process is vigorous and aims to recognise the hard work, dedication and vital service that Pilgrims employees provide,” explained the company’s contract development manager, Des Ewers.

“The process starts with Pilgrims regional operations managers and contract development managers selecting the nominees for a bronze, silver and gold officer and their best team. Regional management teams then meet to verify their nominees and vote on the national officer nominees and the national teams.”

Left top right: David Freear with Chris Piponias, the Gold Award winner in the National Officer competition

Left to right: David Freear with Chris Piponias, the Gold Award winner in the National Officer competition

The last stage is completed by the Board of Directors at Pilgrims’ headquarters, where the final positions are decided.

Ewers added: “The process is thorough and assures that all winners are truly deserving of this recognition for their part in the company’s continued high level of service provision and success.”

Pilgrims teams at one pharmaceutical client’s sites took home an impressive three of the 15 awards bestowed at this year’s presentation, with the team at Grimsby being crowned winners of the Gold Award for National Team of the Year.

The awards were met with delight from recipients, with one Gold Award winner stating: “I’d like to express my thanks to the Pilgrims team for organising a fantastic day. I’m both proud and humbled by the award.”

Joe Gough (right): Gold Award winner in the South

Joe Gough (right): Gold Award winner in the South

Dave Freear, Pilgrims’ COO, said: “All of our officers do a truly fantastic job and I’d like to personally thank every one of them for their dedication and commitment. These awards recognise those members of staff who have gone yet another step above and beyond their normal duties, but we know the hard work that every single one of our team members puts in every day to ensure our clients receive the best service.”

A tribute to Cadwell Mashininga

Attendees were saddened by the news that one of the winners passed away suddenly ten days before the awards.

Cadwell Mashininga joined Pilgrims Group in September 2008. A winner last year, he was recognised again this year for his dedication with the Southern Region Bronze Award.

“It’s with great sadness we announce that Cadwell has passed away, and he will be sadly missed,” said Dave Freear. “We went ahead with the presentation and observed a minute’s silence in memory of Cadwell. The award was then passed on to his widow, Lena.”

Pilgrims will be honouring Cadwell with the addition of a Special Award of Achievement at future ceremonies. The Mashininga Award will be presented to the security officer who has developed the most over the year.

Pilgrims Security Officer of the Year Awards: the results in full

National Officer
Gold – Chris Piponias
Silver – Joe Gough
Bronze – Sheeraz Saleem

Regional Officer (London)
Gold – Chris Piponias
Silver – Roy Livings
Bronze – Clement Aikens

Regional Officer (South)
Gold – Joe Gough
Silver – Linda George
Bronze – Cadwell Mashininga

Pilgrims Group's Sheeraz Saleem: Gold Award winner in the North

Pilgrims Group’s Sheeraz Saleem: Gold Award winner in the North

Regional Officer (North)
Gold – Sheeraz Saleem
Silver – Garry Armstrong
Bronze – John Friar

Team of the Year*
Gold – Grimsby Team
Silver – London Team
Bronze – Frimley Team

*Exact locations not given due to client confidentiality)

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