Ged Summers is UK Rep of the Year
From left: Elizabeth Smith, of sponsors Howard Kennedy FSI, SoR UK Rep of the Year Ged Summers and SoR President Karen Smith
Ged Summers from Yorkshire and North Trent has won the region’s and the 2015 UK Rep of the Year award, collecting his prizes at an awards ceremony held at the Society’s Annual Delegates Conference in Brighton this week.
Ged, a Senior I Radiographer at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield, was commended in a citation read by SCoR chief executive, Richard Evans, for “being a pillar of the radiographic community”.
He was also hailed for his commitment to the SoR over a 28-year period, and the way in which he stood side by side with reps during often tense negotiations over trust and service mergers.
In addition, Ged was recognised for his wealth of knowledge in plain film (something of a controversial subject during ADC!), CT, fluoroscopy, vascular and neuro angiography, as well as possessing a distinction level MSc.
He said: "I am extremely proud of this achievement and I wish to say thank you to my wife who is both my colleague and fellow IR rep for organising this nomination, the people and colleagues who contributed to and supported my nomination, and to the full time offficer for the Yorkshire and North Trent region, Helen Wickham, who is always there to provide valuable advice, support and information when you need it."
In the Eastern region, Amanda Amey scooped the prize, cited for her tireless work, focus and the example she has set to younger colleagues, despite being relatively new to the role.
Whilst in London, Nicholas Key won for his work in negotiating with HR over the on-call harmonisation procedure, and the hours he has dedicated to the cause.
The winner in the Midlands region is Sarah Woolley, who was praised for working tirelessly with staffside and the TSA to support employee rights, juggling this with organising the department for industrial action.
Scott Hudson is Rep of the Year in the North West, praised for his friendly and approachable demeanour and cultivating a positive working environment between staff and management.
The award for Rep of the Year in the Northern region was split between two nominees. Jenefer Harrison and Michael Stark shared the honours for their courage and enthusiasm, demonstrated in their taking on of the rep mantle before even having full-time positions at their trust secured.
In Northern Ireland, Alan Hanna won the award for his work in successfully negotiating a fair and sustainable rota and renumeration for the out of hours service that his department provides, as well as his sympathetic ear leant to colleagues.
Gemma Barclay was Rep of the Year in Scotland, commended by her colleagues at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary for the sheer quantity of members under her wing, and her hard work in successfully defending their rights.
The Rep of the Year in the South East is David Pearce, championed for his role as part of his trust’s joint committee forum and defending members’ best interests in many negotiations, including on the harmonisation of on-call
And last, but by no means least, Simon Clarke picked up the Rep of the Year award in the South West for his work in assisting staff with matters ranging from pensions and grievances, to representing them at meetings and conferences, being likened to a ‘departmental bodyguard’.