ESB’s Top Award Winners Announced

English Speaking Board (International) Ltd. is delighted to announce the winners of two prestigious awards, presented annually for excellence.

The Richard Ellis Award, established in memory of former ESB Treasurer and Trustee Richard Ellis, is presented each year to someone who has made an outstanding contribution to ESB. This year, the judging panel selected Assessor Georgina Marland as the winner.

Georgina who has been an ESB teacher and then Assessor for more than 30 years, was herself an ESB learner and in her first ESB exam was assessed by ESB’s founder Christabel Burniston. She continued to progress through the graded examinations and finally took a teaching diploma in Speech and Drama.

She said:

“As a learner, teacher and assessor, ESB has been a big part of my life. For that reason, I’m absolutely thrilled to be selected for this award as it’s a tremendous honour for me. It also comes as a complete surprise! Being an ESB assessor is such an invaluable and rewarding opportunity to celebrate learning and it has given me many years of pleasure. Each relationship I build with the learners allows me to experience their success and provides me with very many proud moments”.

Our second major award, given annually, is the Burniston Bell Award, named in honour of our founder, Christabel Burniston and our Honorary President, Jocelyn Bell. This accolade is presented to an ESB teacher who has shown outstanding commitment to promoting the organisation’s values.

This year’s winner is Juliet Meighan, an SEND teacher at Belfast Met, Northern Ireland’s largest college. Offering further and higher education as well as vocational education, past students have included newsreader John Irvine and TV presenter Eamonn Holmes.

Juliet works as a tutor in the college’s Centre for Supported Learning and co-ordinates ESB’s ICE qualifications.

She said:

“I am thrilled and delighted to accept this award – what a lovely surprise! My work at Belfast Met is rewarding in itself so to win an award is the icing on the cake”.

Juliet was nominated for the award by ESB’s Chief Examiner, Elaine Rudduck. She said: “I’ve had the pleasure of examining at Belfast Met on many occasions and Juliet’s exceptional work with SEND learners is truly inspirational. Her breadth of knowledge is quite outstanding and she makes every learner feel special”.

ESB’s Chief Executive, Tina Renshaw said:

“Both recipients of these prestigious awards have set themselves apart with their professionalism and warmth. ESB relies on teachers and assessors to provide an enjoyable and rewarding ESB journey for learners from the classroom to assessment. Juliet sets off our learners in a wonderful way with her informed teaching and Georgina gives the same level of support when learners are ready to be assessed. I would like to thank them both for their hard work and their invaluable contributions to ESB”.

Georgina and Juliet will receive their awards at ESB’s flagship annual event, our Young Speakers of the Year Showcase, being held at Aintree Racecourse on Saturday, 16th November.

At their presentation ceremony, watched by their families, teachers, ESB Trustees, ESB staff and Assessors, they will be presented with their awards.

Keep an eye out for more information about our 2019 Young Speakers on our website https://esbuk.org/ and by following our Twitter page @ESBUK.

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