Last week, I had the absolute honour of being named 2018 search personality of the year at the UK Search Awards!
This is a fantastic industry, that I’ve made many true friendships from, and feel very lucky to be a part of / give back to.
It meant a lot to receive the award on the night from Jim Banks, who I’ve known for a number of years and have worked with in the past:
This is the first individual award I’ve won, but in many ways it still feels like a team one, as there’s no way I could have won this alone.
I wanted to take this chance to say thank you to, the:
- Judges – I know from judging the US and MENA Search Awards myself how difficult this is to win, as it’s an award where all the judges need to vote and agree on. I’m shocked, but hugely proud that they picked me as the winner. One of the judges said to me on the night; “Some people might say you won this because you know a lot of the judges… but actually that’s a great reason why you deserve it, by getting yourself into this position”.
- Search industry – as I’ve gained experience (a nice way of saying getting old!), I’ve realised my biggest strength isn’t knowledge, it’s my network. In many ways I feel like I know less than ever, but I’ve come to realise it’s not about knowing everything, it’s about knowing who to ask if I don’t have the answer. The search community is like no other, it’s incredibly open and sharing, we help each other in equal measure and all come out stronger.
- Re:signal team – they are the real heroes. It’s our team who have produced award winning results and are working hard day in, day out to keep our clients happy. If I ever look good, it’s because of them.
Thank you to everyone who has helped along this journey, it’s hugely appreciated.