The David Allen Hero/ine of the Year

Voting has now closed for the Hero/ine of the Year category in this year’s Professional Services Recognition Awards - the winner will be announced at the awards ceremony on 22 June. 

The video and text below celebrates the achievements of our five finalists. 


Congratulations to our five fantastic shortlisted colleagues:

Anne-Marie Baker

Equality, Diversity, Inclusivity and Wellbeing Manager, HR Services

Anne-Marie has been nominated for her work in setting up the University Staff LGBTQ+ network. She has been the driving force behind the network - encouraging staff to be involved, designing and setting up the network pages and co-ordinating the launch event in March with Ben Bradshaw MP as the guest speaker. Her enthusiasm and commitment to the network has been inspirational, and without her organisation and hard work it would never have happened.

Alice Mills

Ogden Science Officer, CEMPS

Alice has been nominated because of the outstanding impact she has had upon outreach within CEMPS. Over two years Alice has coordinated the development of a full CEMPS outreach programme, including developing a series of activities relating to different areas of the school curriculum, which can be delivered without training, allowing all academic staff to participate in outreach. Alice's enthusiasm has encouraged many young people to study science at university as well as directly influencing the number of CEMPS staff engaging in outreach, and dramatically increasing the amount of outreach being undertaken.

Jon Barnes

Computer Development Officer, CLES

Jon has been nominated because his mentoring and training of junior staff is outstanding and his support of colleagues has led them to go on to successful careers within Exeter. Jon has a genuine passion for science and supporting academic staff to be able to carry out their research and teaching effectively. What’s more, Jon is regarded extremely highly by his colleagues and has an outstanding service of over many decades.

Sarah Ashton

Research Manager, CLES Penryn

Sarah has been nominated because she provides outstanding support well beyond her job description and continually works at the very highest level, always maintaining impeccable standards. She is constantly praised by fellowship applicants for her dedicated support which Sarah delivers despite her part-time working hours. Sarah’s exceptional work is always carried out with a smile and she is universally respected by her colleagues.

Samuel Garcia

Campus Services

Samuel has been nominated for his diligence and hard-working nature. However, Samuel is not just a hard-worker but also a supportive figure to many colleagues across the University. He has a natural friendliness and genuine concern about students and colleagues at the University which makes him always willing to help others. He is a loved member of staff for a lot of students and colleagues at the University.