Graham Lancaster, chairman of Biss Lancaster, was named Pathfinders Media Boss of the Year last week. The award goes to a boss who has shown 'unrivalled commitment to staff career development'.
He was nominated for the award by Helen Sears. She now holds the title of international marketing and new business co-ordinator, but began life as Lancaster's PA in 1995. Pathfinders Media Recruitment MD Amanda Fone said Lancaster showed 'extraordinary belief in his staff'.
Lancaster dedicated the award to the late Sir Campbell Adamson, saying that everyone needed a mentor, and CBI director general Adamson had been his.
The PR industry fared well. Addie Churchill, Talk Loud MD , was runner-up, nominated by her former PA Sarah Kane, now Talk Events director. She beat off contenders like Rupert Gavin, BBC Worldwide Publishing chief executive, and Agnes Wilkie, Scottish Television executive producer.
And the ceremony, at the Groucho, was a suitably media-luvvie affair.
Nominees from the PR industry, like Shine Communications MD Rachel Bell, Lanson's Tony Langham and Midnight Communications' Caraline Brown, mixed with The Right Reverend Mark Santer, Bishop of Birmingham, who was also up for the gong.