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The TJ Awards 2017

In December, the CAKE team along with clients and CAKE friends attended the TJ Awards. The Awards are now in their 11th  year, bigger and better than ever and are widely recognised as one of the most prestigious L & D awards’ programmes in the UK.


We were delighted to sponsor the Best Leadership Development Award. It demonstrates our commitment to excellence in Learning and Development; and once again, Margaret Burnside, Director of CAKE People Development was on the judging panel for the Learning Development Team of the year category.


The credibility and history of the awards mean that they attract a broad range of entries from a variety of organisations from FTSE 100 companies, charities and public sector organisations to higher education and consultancies.


The venue was buzzing with excitement and anticipation as 600 sponsors, guests and finalists gathered to celebrate and recognise best practice in learning and development. Over a beautiful gala dinner, held at The Brewery in London, and hosted by TV Presenter and motivational speaker Sally Gunnell, OBE, the gold, silver and bronze winners were announced.

We caught up with Alexandra Bode-Tunji, Programme Lead for People Transformation Transport for London, winners of the Best Leadership Development Programme, and asked how it felt to be awarded Gold. She said “I am absolutely thrilled, it’s been a 3-year journey to get here. I am delighted to get the recognition for the team. To have recognition within our industry is amazing but to have the recognition across the UK means so much.”


The judges said “Overcoming significant barriers, political, cultural and organisational to deliver over a sustained period,  this TfL and t-three programme has catalysed and embedded exceptional results. In a process where engagement scores and KPI’s usually decline, they have seen positive increases and demonstrated intangible, visible changes."

The East of England Co-op Learning and Development Team were awarded Gold in the Best Learning and Development Team, judged by Margaret Burnside. They designed and delivering training for colleagues across the organisation ranging from food retail to stonemasonry. They were also runners-up for the best organisational development programme.


Stephen Flurrie, Head of L&D at the East of England Co-Op, said: “The team are absolutely over the moon to have won this award. Our aim is to reach colleagues with learning that helps them perform better in their jobs, understand the Co-Op difference and live our Co-Cp values; they do this every single day with creativity, passion and expertise.”


Margaret Burnside added “This small team is making a big difference to the East of England Co-op, creating a culture of learning and engagement with the business. The team demonstrates clear examples of creativity and innovation within a minimal budget along with inspirational


For the information and winners stories, download the January edition of the training journal