Shortlist announced for national Portering Awards

The shortlist for the MyPorter Awards has been announced, featuring a list of 4 candidates for each of the six award categories, after a judging panel met on Tuesday 18th January to discuss each nomination, its merits and reasons why they should be shortlisted to win.

With over 100 entries, this years’ MyPorter Awards has seen it grow vastly from its humble beginnings last year, which saw the single category of awarding the MyPorter Award 2020, which was later won by Claire Blackhall – Chargehand Porter at Wansbeck General Hospital.

A live awards ceremony taking place in London, where Claire herself will be there to hand out one of the awards, will see six awards presented to their worthy winners, along with a 3-course meal, and will start the day with a live portering conference. The MyPorter Awards Portering Conference will see guest speakers talking all things portering best practice, team work and wellbeing, with talks from portering peers, mental health experts and from NHSI’s Emma Brookes, Head of Soft FM Strategy and Operation and Philip Shelley, Senior Operational & Policy Manager Soft FM, both of whom were part of the judging panel for the awards, alongside GV Healthcare’s CEO Matt Wright and GV Healthcare (and former Porter Manager at HUTH NHS Trust) Business Development Manager Mark Edwards.

The shortlist for the six categories are as follows:

Newcomer of The Year Award – shortlist:

Kenneth Mcintyre - Royal Berkshire – nominated by Steve Sellwood
Kevin Smith - Cambridge University Hospitals (Addenbrookes) – nominated by Phil Butters
Tracy Banford – Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust  – nominated by Mark Stankovich
Thomas Foulkes – University Hospital of the North Midlands – nominated by Diane Clarke

Leadership of The Year Award – shortlist:

Alison Carter – Stoke Mandeville - Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust – nominated by Alex Gallo
Mark Turner – CHoICE (Sunderland) – nominated by Claire Dodds
Joseph Ryan – Stepping Hill Hospital - Stockport NHS Foundation Trust – nominated by Steve Whitehead
Zaheer Iqbal – Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust – nominated by Mark Stankovich

Outstanding Contribution to Patient Experience Award – shortlist:

Ian Butler – Milton Keynes University Hospital – nominated by Hannah Burnett
Trevor Knight – William Harvey Hospital – nominated by Leanne Knight
Radiology Ultrasound Porters Team Addenbrookes Hospital – nominated by Jasanthy Bell
Darren Davies – University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire – nominated by Sarah Haynes

Portering Team of The Year Award – shortlist:

The Radiology Porter Team at The James Cook University Hospital (South Tees) – nominated by Paula Taggart
Alan Shepherd & team – Royal Berkshire – nominated by Steve Sellwood
Portering Team at East and North Herts NHS Trust – nominated by Nikki Lane
L2 DSU Portering Team – Cambridge University Hospitals – nominated by Graham Johnston

Dennis Southern Award – For Endeavour – shortlist:

Ken Grant – Cambridge University Hospitals (Addenbrookes) – nominated by Lucy Jobson
Nigel Close – University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire – nominated by Sarah Haynes
Keith Bellfield – CHoICE (Sunderland) – nominated by Claire Dodds
John Shaw – Southport & Ormskirk Hospitals NHS Trust – nominated by Terry Kelly

MyPorter Award 2021 – shortlist:

Naga Vejandla – East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust – nominated by Nikki Lane
John Roe – Sheffield Children’s Hospital – nominated by Kate Mackintosh
Leon Hill – Gloucestershire Royal Hospital – nominated by Michelle Morgan
Matthew Wood – Tunbridge Wells Hospital – nominated by Alexandra Bolou

Congratulations to all those who have been shortlisted – Good Luck in the MyPorter Awards live final.

For any questions or queries relating to the MyPorter Awards, please contact:

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More information on the MyPorter Awards can be found at:


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