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Celebrating our GIG Award winners from 2018

Posted By Foteini Karagianni, 15 August 2019

2018 - the Government Information Group decided to make two Annual GIG Awards as follows:

Winner: Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Grenfell Fire Public Inquiry – response team: Adebola Dada; Anna Canning ; Tim Granville; Carol Homans ; Marian Leach ; Annie Parsons; David Smith; Ruth Walbrin

Award: Annual 

Reason: For their highly-efficient role as the public inquiry response team which provided KIM support to those working on the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government response to the public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower disaster.

The judging panel felt that this was a very impressive application which clearly proved the value of KIM and KIM staff in responding to a major national event. The application highlighted the power and benefit of a collaborative approach to create a "one door shop" to the full range of KIM skills within an organisation. Those involved used an impressive blend of older, more traditional KIM skills (in retrieving old files and creating search terms) with much more modern skills such as social media and maintaining metadata across different systems to impressively identify over 100,000 pieces of potentially relevant material. Overall, this application was seen as a model template for future public inquiry work and an inspiration for other Government KIM professionals.


Winner: Diane Murgatroyd (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) & Karen Ball (DSTL - Defence Science and Technology Laboratory)

Award: Annual 

Reason: For the nominees determined work on agreeing a new copyright license for HMG and their dedicated work to raise the profile of copyright within Government.

The panel felt that this application perfectly fit the criteria of a project that has wider application. The application demonstrated brilliant use of negotiating and persuading skills for wider Government benefit. The nomination clearly highlighted how much cross-government collaborative KIM work had been done in ‘extra’ time by the two nominees in addition to their day to day work which the judging panel felt was admirable and worthy of recognition.

The panel was particularly impressed that the nominees had conceptualized the idea of copyright roadshows and therefore will greatly raise awareness of copyright issues across all sectors of government for several years to come. The work of the nominees visibly facilitated improved information sharing across government and has acted to empower colleagues through better education in the complex area that is copyright.

Tags:  Annual Award  Awards  GIG Life-time Achievement Award 

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