This website uses cookies to store information on your computer. Some of these cookies are used for visitor analysis, others are essential to making our site function properly and improve the user experience. By using this site, you consent to the placement of these cookies. Click Accept to consent and dismiss this message or Deny to leave this website. Read our Privacy Statement for more.
Privacy Policy | Print Page | Report Abuse | Sign In | Become a Member!
Awards Criteria
Share |
Are you eligible for nomination of an IRMS Award?

The short answer is that you may well be! However, in order to ensure that awards are transparent and fair we do have some criteria for the sorts of things that we are looking for as worthy of special recognition. Each of our award types are laid out below. Have a read through below and visit the case studies of previous years' winners to see if it's something you'd like to go for! For all nominations there are the same criteria;

  1. The person nominating has to be a member of the IRMS.
  2. The nominee doesn't have to be a member of the IRMS (but obviously it helps).
  3. Nomination statements should be no longer than 1000 words.
  4. Nominations have to be emailed to by the set deadline.

You can self nominate, however this will require a reference to back up your nomination. i.e. Please ensure you provide details of someone we can contact to verify the statement in your nomination against the criteria outlined below.

Professional of the Year

For professional of the year we are looking for someone exceptional. In 2016 we said that every information professional was an "Information Superhero" and we stand by that, so we are looking for the superhero of all superheroes. Someone who, in your opinion, over the last year has gone above and beyond what you would expect to achieve great things for their team, their organisation or the wider profession. If they have done anything that would fit any of the following, consider them for nomination!

  • Far exceeded yours or a customers expectations on service (customer can be someone in the business as well as an external person)
  • Acted as an inspirational or motivational leader to the benefit of a team or a particular individual
  • Created a product, service or approach that you believe is industry leading
  • Contributed useful content and knowledge to the benefit of the profession

Guidance notes:

It will help us get a grasp of how great this person is if we can understand what makes them great. What makes them an asset to your organisation or even to you professionally? Do you have a fond memory as a good example of how they have helped you or been an inspiration to you? Help us get to know them through your experiences and views of them. 


Team of the Year

Team of the year looks to highlight accomplishments made by an Information Governance / Records Management / Information Management team within any organisation. We are looking for things that have improved the standing and practice of IG/IM/RM within your organisation or has improved the way your team can work to the benefit of your organisation. This could be a specific project or initiative or a string of successes of a set period of time. When writing your nomination we want to know;

  • What did the team do that worked well?
  • What were the outcomes of that activity?
  • What knowledge was gained from what the team achieved?
  • What examples do you have to demonstrate the achievement's success? 

Guidance notes:

It will help us get a grasp of how great they were if you can outline and evidence what happened, what was achieved and how it benefits the organisation/the profession/the public. 

How has that team benefitted their customers (internal or external (or both))? What has set them above the rest and makes them the go-to team for information and records management related matters? 


Supplier of the Year

Good customer service should be an expectation of every organisation that offers any sort of service. Therefore we want to recognise and know about suppliers in the IG/IM/RM world that go above and beyond normal expectations of customer service. In the last year if the supplier you have in mind has done any of these things then they may well be worthy of nomination!

  • Far exceeded your expectations on service and standards
  • Delivered a service that you perceive to be great value for money
  • Offered a service or product that you believe is industry leading
  • Contributed useful content and knowledge to the benefit of the profession

Guidance notes:

It will help us get a grasp of how great they were if you can outline and evidence what your expectations were and how the supplier exceeded them. What was it about them that made them stand out? 

How has that supplier benefitted its customers by working specifically with that supplier? In your opinion, what is it about them that sets them apart and above the rest?


Innovation of the Year

We come up with good ideas all the time (and some not so good) therefore the innovation of the year award is looking for examples where something new has been created and it has worked to enhance something. That something could be a technology, a methodology, a service or just a new way of working to improve IG/IM/RM practices. If the creation you have in mind has done any of the following over the last year, please consider nominating it for innovation of the year!

  • Improved an existing product or service in a new way
  • Created a new product or service to fill a gap that is of benefit to customers / users / wider society

Guidance notes:

It will help us get a grasp of how great this was if we can understand what makes it 'new' or 'innovative'. Is it a new approach to something? Or even an old approach re-hashed into something new? How has that innovation benefited your organisation, your customers or the wider community? 


New Professional of the Year

If you or someone you know has been in the profession for five years or less they may be suitable for a New Professional Award. This could be someone;

  • Currently studying an information and records management related degree or qualification
  • Who is an apprentice and is new to the information world
  • Who has just started their career in an information related role

More information on the Alison North New Professional Award and its criteria can be found at


Lifetime Achievement Award

Our profession is made up of professionals from all walks of life and in all stages of their professional career. This award does exactly what is says on the tin. If you know of someone that meets the below criteria they could well be worthy of a lifetime achievement award, one of our most prestigious and respected awards. We are looking for people who;

  • Have worked in the profession for a number of years
  • Would be considered, in your view, as someone who is respected in our profession
  • Is someone who has contributed positively to their organisation(s)
  • Has given back to the wider profession positively in some manner

Guidance notes:

It will help us get a grasp of how great this person is if we know more about their career, what they have achieved and why, in your opinion, they are someone among us who has earned a special recognition for their achievements to date. 


How to Nominate

Nominating someone couldn't be easier if you follow these steps;

Step 1. Make sure the person / organisation you are nominating is happy to be nominated. Some people don't like the attention and that is absolutely fine, but please ensure you have spoken to them before you start this work. 

Step 2. Write your nomination statement and ensure it is no longer than 1000 words long, ideally in a word document and contains enough evidence to support your nomination. 

Step 3. Send a covering email containing the below to awards@irms, before the deadline. DO NOT SEND TO MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE. Only nominations made to will be considered. Your nomination should contain;

  • the name of the person or organisation you are nominating (and ideally contact details for them)
  • the role/s and organisation (if applicable) of the nominee/s
  • which award you are nominating them for
  • the email contact details of the nominee/s
  • a statement on why you are nominating them (no longer than 1000 words)
  • your name and membership number

Step 4. Sit back, enjoy a nice cuppa, and await to hear from the Awards Panel. They may be in touch to ask for some more information or any clarifications. We can't tell you if you have won, but we do announce the finalists, all of whom are encouraged to attend our Conference and Awards Gala Dinner in May. 

Please note: If any form of cheating, bribery or harassment of the awards panel members or fraudulent statements on a nomination is found on the application or as part of the public vote the Awards Panel reserves the right to void any such nomination and refer the matter to the IRMS Executive where further action may be taken. The IRMS is committed to fairness and transparency so any such behaviour will not be tolerated. 

Contact Us

Information & Records Management Society Ltd
Chester House
68 Chestergate
Macclesfield, SK11 6DY
United Kingdom

Phone: +44 (0)1625 664520
Fax: +44 (0)1625 664510


Follow Us
Become A Member

With a bi-monthly magazine, annual conference, accreditation possibilities and a competitively priced annual membership, there really is no reason why you shouldn't join this fantastic society!