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IoIC’s Internal Communicator of the Year is Jane Lawrence, internal communication manager at Northumbrian Water for the past four years.


She was presented with her award at the Communicator of the Year lunch in London, as the rest of the Institute's ICon Awards were also announced.

It was a very successful day for Jane (pictured receiving her award from IoIC president Suzanne Peck), who previously worked with Northern Rail and Aviva in internal comms. Her Northumbrian Water comms team also won Best In-House Team in the ICon Awards, having previously won the same category at the IoIC Awards in September.

Jane said: "I'm massively proud but I couldn't have done it without my team - plus, I'm lucky to work for an organisation that leads from the top."

The judges said: “It shows you what well organised and executed communication can achieve - the team engaged 3,000 hard to reach people during big change, yet still increased their performance.”

Jane's team said: “We are so proud of Jane. We are a small team - we haven’t got the biggest budgets and our channels might not be as high tech as some other companies but we are constantly challenged and inspired by Jane to do the best with what we’ve got.

"The team would like to thank Jane for all her support and encouragement – she truly is an inspirational leader and really deserves to be recognised in this way.”

Winners of the ICon Awards 2015


Class 1 – best in-house team – Corporate: Northumbrian Water

‘A talented and creative team that understands its audience and is delivering real value’

Class 2 – best in-house team (not for profit/public): City University (pictured right)

‘A relatively new team that’s formed strong working relationships and transforming internal comms’

Class 3 – best editor: Paul Smith, AB

‘He delivers the wow factor and demonstrates insight and creativity in all his work’

Class 4 – best writer: Caroline Muspratt, RBS

‘She brings clear, engaging writing to complex and often technical issues for a challenging audience’

Class 5 – best designer: Duncan Boddy, Headlines

‘He has an eye for detail and is skilled at designing pages that demonstrate imagination and flair.’

Class 6 – best image creator: Jon Appleyard, City University (pictured centre, above)

‘He brings creative thinking and audience awareness to his work – and it gets results.’

Class 7 – best digital innovator: Graham Stewart, 20/20 Productions

‘The standard of work and imagination used add up to a talented entrant’.
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