Richard Fischer, ITCRA President, welcomed distinguished guests to the ITCRA Gala Dinner in Sydney last night: Life Members Russell MacDonald and Ben Wood, Global Power 100 - Women in Staffing recipient Tracy Thomson, Michael McLean, Chairman of Certex International's Certification Advisory Board and recipient of the Dr Joseph Juran Medal and Shilkin Prize for contributions to Australian and International quality management and Dr John Harvey, Chairman of the Australian Technical and Management College. His opening remarks to the packed house noted that "during the past 12 months the ITCRA Board has taken the Membership feedback as its focus at Executive, Board and Committee level and, as a result the strategy has evolved into two key pillars of representation and quality - which is very much reflected in the awards being presented later tonight." He added that at last year's event he spoke about ITCRA's strategy of being more inclusive to all organisations providing ICT recruitment and associated professional staffing. This approach has been well received with record growth in Membership and increasing levels of support from Supporters and Partners which is indicated by the diversity of attendees here this evening" Julie Mills, ITCRA CEO and Dr John Harvey, Chairman of the Australian Technical and Management College, (ATMC) then presented recognition awards for individual achievement and contribution. Dr John Harvey told the 240 attendees that, "ATMI believe recognition of achievements, including academic, work based learning and volunteering are all worthy of note and each needs to be acknowledged and valued so partnering with ITCRA to develop these awards is really important to us." Mills noted that "ITCRA's Certified Professional exam is unique to ITCRA and is the point of difference for identifying the Certified Professional of the Year The award winner this year achieved an almost perfect score on the exam and, in the words of her CEO Troy Thorne, "we believe there is a standard of consultant needed for a contracting and recruitment business and the ITCRA Certification content goes a long way to achieving that" Jana Doogue from Viiew Pty Ltd was presented with the ITCRA Certified Professional Award for 2015 and Jan acknowledged ITCRA for the great opportunities the Association has provided her in developing her career. The ITCRA Leadership Award for 2015 was presented to John Egan State manager for Peoplebank in Queensland and Chair of the Queensland Committee - an outstanding example of the commitment of ITCRA's volunteer Committee and Working Group Members. In presenting the Award Mills stated that, "ITCRA's success is dependent on volunteers at every level - from the elected Directors' through the Committees, Working Groups and Advisory teams and the recipient of this year's Leadership Award epitomises that commitment. For those involved in the changes in procurement in Queensland over the last few years the commitment and sheer doggedness of this recipient will not be news. John Egan has chaired the Queensland committee for more than five years and worked tirelessly with Members and the ITCRA CEO's past and present to represent Member needs, no matter the business size or model" In accepting the Award John acknowledged the work of the Committee in the early days, particularly Bruce Beaumont and Leonie Knight, and the support of his CEO Peter Acheson, in providing the scope for the voluntary hours he contributes. Mills then introduced the CEO's Award which is presented annually to an individual who has, in the view of the CEO and the Directors, contributed to the Association's programs above and beyond what would be expected of them, to further the Association's message to the market and, in this case, to clients and regulators in particular. Amy Towers WHS consultant from FCB has been the dynamo behind this program with her constant review and improvement strategies and her attention to detail ensuring all iSafe consultants have opportunities to enhance and develop the program, backed by the knowledge and input of the team at FCB. In recognising Amy ITCRA acknowledges she is not a volunteer but, her time spent in ensuring the program maintains the highest of standards and in holding everyone in the program accountable for those standards has ensured that clients making comments such as, "this is such a thorough process, ITCRA Members must be good"! On accepting the Award, Amy acknowledged the Association's forethought to establishing such a program and, in particular, the Foundation Members who ensured client sites kept flowing into the program."
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