D&D Excellence : your Partner for Excellence

UK Excellence Awards - October 2007

Once again Dave and Derek hosted a table at the UK Excellence Award Dinner at the Hilton, Park Lane, London. And again we invited a great group of friends to share the evening with us. We were delighted to see two overseas travellers: Dr Lway Nackasha from Dubai's Department of Economic Development, and Melissa Rancourt from EFQM in Belgium. From the UK came Miles Templeman, Director General of the Institute of Directors; Martin Gray, Chairman of Evolution Group; Christina Pritchard of The Forum Corporation; Eileen Harding of RLSB; Nigel Asplin of Junction; and Joe Liddane of Setanta Performance. Thanks to everyone for your company and for making it such an enjoyable evening (and early morning!).

London Community Gospel Choir



This year's cabaret was provided by the London Community Gospel Choir, who literally had the audience on their feet at the end joining in with the songs. An excellence performance!


The result of the Awards was that Northern Ireland organisations swept the board. We were particularly pleased when Springfarm Architectural Mouldings (SAM) won the Award, as we have remained in touch with this great company since Derek first assessed them in 1999's Award. In winning this year, they become the first ever organisation to win the UK Excellence Award twice (and in the interim they have also won a European Quality Award). And showing that Sam and Julienne McCrae have a good sense of humour as well as a superb firm, they were happy to allow us to borrow their Trophy for a photograph! The other winners from NI were St Mary's Primary School and the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment. Well done to everyone.

A few photos from the evening


Martin Gray and Christina Pritchard



Martin Gray and Christina Pritchard

more guests at our table



From the right: Miles Templeman, Lway Nackasha, Melissa Rancourt, and Chris Nicholls of Ricoh who visited our popular table for a few minutes!

another group at the D&D table



Front row from left: Melissa Rancourt, Derek, Dave. Back row from left: Christina Pritchard and another passing visitor to the table, Diane Dibley.

With thanks to Lway, who took the picture on Christina's camera: a real team effort!

You probably expected us to title it something like 'Beauties and the Beasts' but we don't want to be accused of sexism.

Joe Liddane and Eileen Harding



Joe Liddane and Eileen Harding listening intently

Nigel Asplin and Dave



Nigel Asplin and Dave

Thanks to Lway Nackasha for contributing the photo.

D&D with an Award Trophy



D&D covering the name on SAM's Award Trophy that Sam and Julienne kindly let us use as a prop!

Photo copyright Sykes Photographic, whom we thank for giving permission to use it on our site. Derek has now seen Sam Sykes photographing at a few events, and knows he will always produce the goods.