All our entries are independently judged by a carefully selected panel of industry experts and insiders. Judges will score all nominees, create the shortlist, and with the exception of The Special Mention Award, choose the winners. 

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Judges of the Unsung Hero Awards 2018





Enid Dunn

Enid Dunn is one of the winners of Unsung Hero Awards 2016. Enid was nominated for her innovative bag, which she created after her battle with cancer. The bag was used to hold and conceal the drainage equipment. Following her operation Enid decided to create her own, more fashionable alternative. She continues to create bags for other patients at Royal Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, where she works as a Volunteer. Enid is also the mother of Coronation Street Star Antony Cotton and has appeared in shows herself, including Phoenix Nights and West is West. 




Sandy Wilkie

Sandy Wilkie has recently taken up post as Head of HR for Argyll & Bute Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP). He is supporting the integration of staff who work for NHS Highland and Argyll & Bute Council in a remote & rural landscape. He was previously Staff Engagement Lead at Bolton NHS FT where he worked on values & culture and promoted staff recognition.





Karl Roberts

Karl Roberts is a Senior Programme Lead (Patient & Staff Experience) for the National NHS Leadership Academy. He has worked within the public sector his whole career. His substantive role is as Assistant Director of Organisation at Northern Lincolnshire & Goole NHS Foundation Trust. He is also a Associate Freedom to Speak Up Guardian and spent many years volunteering for St Johns Ambulance. Throughout Karl’s career he has placed the experience of care of staff, patient and carers at the heart of his work. Karl is very supportive of the Unsung Hero Award and has proactively helped  dozens of NHS staff become involved. 



Joanne Platt

Jo Platt is a single mother of two from Tyldesley and has worked with many local groups, volunteering to help women who are victims of domestic abuse. Her political career began with her being elected as councillor for Astley & Mosley Common in 2012. She quickly rose to the level of cabinet where she took responsibility for Children and Young People and Education in 2014, adding skills and employment to her portfolio in 2016. Jo's passion for her community and determination to make positive change did not go un-noticed by the wider Labour Party. She was selected to stand as the Labour candidate for Leigh in the General Election and was elected in June 2017 with a convincing majority. Jo replaced the outgoing Andy Burnham to become the first female MP the constituency has ever returned to Westminster.



Clare Price-Dowd

Clare has worked for the NHS her entire career, in clinical practice, education and management. She took up national level roles in 2002, firstly at the NHSU  before joining the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, where she led a number of capability building initiatives; including supporting 50 English Universities to include improvement science in their pre-registration health programs. Clare is currently a Head of Service at the NHS Leadership Academy. She has previously been responsible for managing a new suite of national core programs and now manages research and evaluation across the Academy, as well as patient involvement. She has a PhD in sustaining service improvement and continues her interest in quality as a member of the Health Foundation Q initiative.



David Ainsworth 

David has worked in the NHS for over 20 years, both as clinician, manager and these days as executive director for primary care. He has a personal passion for celebrating success and is a firm believer of recognising people’s hard work. Especially those in roles that are not always patient facing or at the centre of service delivery. His network expands across the country and his experience in hospitals, primary care and commissioning put him in a good position to judge our awards.




Cicely Baker 

Cicely Baker is an experienced care volunteer who supports NHS Leaders on their journey. Cicely was asked over a year ago to become a volunteer for the NHS Leadership Academy, to share her story of her family`s experience and her journey of her illness.  At the time she did not feel  confident enough to go through with it, over time her confidence returned, and she shared her experience at the Academy recently. Cicely has worked in the care and the voluntary sector for over 40 years and is a true advocate of NHS staff and patients.




Tom Davis

Tom has worked as a doctor in the NHS for 12 years and since becoming a GP, Tom has combined his clinical role with educational and leadership roles across various health and social care settings. Currently Tom is the deputy medical director at the East of England Ambulance Trust, where he works with professionals from across the Support and Volunteer Services.





Leo Clifton

Leo Clifton has worked in the NHS for over 10 years in a variety of different roles and organisations. Leo currently manages the Greater Manchester NHS Careers & Engagement Hub. The hub team is dedicated to raising awareness of the wide variety of roles available in healthcare and the advantages of working in the NHS. Leo and his team often talk to learners about NHS roles that are not clinically based that they may not have thought of when considering career options in the NHS.