Now in their tenth year – and the only awards in policing specifically intended for women - the BAWP Awards recognise the contributions and achievements of women within the police service. The Awards ceremony will take place at a luncheon in June at the Worsley Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club, in Manchester.
“The Coaching and Mentoring Award recognises an officer or member of staff who has distinguished herself with positive support, influence and assistance to women in law enforcement by developing programmes, training and/or policies benefiting females in the organisation,” explained Liz Willis, a consultant with SBC.
“The Award harmonises well with SBC’s career development programme for people who are approaching, or are new to, a management role. The programme, which includes coaching support, is called Spring Forward - which is one reason why SBC is keen to support this Award.
“Spring Forward reduces the time taken for people to settle into a management role, improves their work performance, gives newly promoted managers the skills and confidence in adapting to their new role and supports people in considering a management role,” added Liz.
Previous winners of the BAWP Coaching and Mentoring Award include Dee Collins, who won the Award in 2013 and is now temporary chief constable of West Yorkshire Police. In 2013, Dee was also awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for her contribution towards British Policing.
Dee began her policing career in 1987 with Cleveland Police, where she became a Superintendent. She joined Cumbria Constabulary as Commander of its South Basic Command Unit in August 2005 and, in April 2007, became Derbyshire Police’s Assistant Chief Constable Support, before joining West Yorkshire Police in January 2014 as Assistant Chief Constable – and becoming Temporary Chief Constable in June that year.
West Yorkshire Police serves some 2.2m people and covers the five metropolitan districts of Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield. The physical area, of some 2000 square kilometres or 780 square miles, contains the West Yorkshire conurbation and a network of motorway and trunk roads.
About the British Association for Women in Policing
The Association was founded in 1987, and is the only organisation in the UK to draw members from all ranks and grades of the police service, both male and female, and associated organisations. It has representatives not only from most of the 'geographical' forces throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, but also from others - including British Transport Police, Guernsey Police, Isle of Man Constabulary, Ministry of Defence Police, and RAF Police. Its corporate membership extends across most geographical and national police forces in the British Isles, together with police staff associations, commercial and academic organisations.
About The Springboard Consultancy (SBC)
The Springboard Consultancy (SBC) is an international training company, with a proven track record in work and personal development training, particularly addressing women's development issues – especially via its award-winning 'Springboard Women's Development Programme'. Its core business is training and licensing trainers to deliver award-winning development courses – to people of all genders and all ages - via an international network of professional licensed trainers in locations around the world. In this way, over 240,000 people have used its programmes and over 1,300 trainers have been trained in 44 countries around the world.
SBC has developed a reputation for creativity, innovation and quality, balanced with down-to-earth pragmatism and good value. It believes that everyone is ‘born to shine’ and that life circumstances and lack of skills and opportunities often prevent that happening, to the detriment of all. It uses training to enable everyone, especially women, to develop themselves further - benefitting the person, their employer, family and wider community.