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The annual College of West Anglia (CWA) staff awards took place, with over 100 members of staff attending the annual event.

Twenty-six awards were given for a variety of outstanding work, recognising lifetime achievements, teaching excellence and management, amongst many other things. The awards were presented by the board of governors.

Tracey Palmer - Companion Animal Centre Coordinator won overall Employee of the Year award at the ceremony and took home another award for Business Support Employee of the Year.

21PT CWA Staff Awards 60 Tracey Palmer

Alison Barber, Head of Faculty for Landbased Studies, said: “Tracey has lead responsibility to manage the health and welfare of the 200+ companion animals owned by the college at our Wisbech and Cambridge campuses. The Companion Animal Centre Team had to keep working every day, seven days a week throughout the challenges of a worldwide pandemic. Tracey has demonstrated excellent support to her team, the teaching team and therefore the students and of course the animals through this very difficult year.”

Tracey said, “I would like to thank Donna Woodruff for being an amazing manager, she supports me and the team on a daily basis. Thank you also to Alison Barber for the initial nomination which led to this award. And thank you to my wonderful team, who all work hard. Without these people, I couldn't do my job to the best of my ability. Congratulations to all the award winners.”

CWA Principal, David Pomfret, said: “The CWA Staff Awards for Excellence 2021 was a fantastic evening of celebration. Celebrating success is such an enjoyable and important part of our work and I am so fortunate to work with such a hard-working, caring and talented team who each contribute to the success of the college.”


Here is a list of the winners and runners up for this year’s staff awards: 

Lifetime Achievement Awards (25 years’ service)

Anna Hodkinson – ESOL Coordinator

Michelle James – Lecturer in Art & Design

Helen Royle-Evatt – Senior Nursery Practitioner - Applewood

Tony Williams – Programme Manager – Engineering and Electrical KL


Excellence in Teaching & Learning

Winners – Alex Meads Lecturer in Engineering and Electrical KL & Gemma Saintierney Lecturer in Performing Arts & Music KL

Runners Up – Kathryn Le Serve Lecturer in Early Years KL and Jane Burton Lecturer in Construction KL


Business Support Employee of the Year

Winner – Tracey Palmer - Companion Animal Centre Coordinator

Runner Ups – Angie Clinch – Admissions Advisor and Mandy Lakey Partnership & Business Liaison Supervisor


Team of the Year

Winner – Health and Social Care

Runner Up – Art & Design


New Employee of the Year

Winner – James Thomas SMART Head Caretaker/Security Wisbech

Runner Up – Stewart Oddie Lecturer in Social Science


Special Award for Outstanding Contribution during the last Academic Year

Winner – Stella Chapman – Programme Manager Vet Nursing

Runner Up – Jonathan Boyall Lecturer in Hospitality


Support in the Learning Environment

Winner – Derrick Hart – Safeguarding & Welfare Advisor

Runner Up – Hollie Little – Teaching Support Officer – Hair & Beauty KL


Unsung Hero

Winner – Hilary Mayes – Marketing Team Leader

Runner Up – Anna Cooper – Lecturer in Science KL


Use of IT

Winner – Carl Bramham – Lecturer in Maths KL


Community Engagement

Winner – Wendy Buffham – Business Engagement Coordinator

Runner Up – Luke Byron – Marketing Coordinator – Schools Liaison



Winner – Donna Woodruff – Programme Manager Animal Care

Runner Up – Sue Moore – Head of Faculty Care & Public Services


Overall Employee of the Year

Tracey Palmer - Companion Animal Centre Coordinator

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