The Social CEO awards are now in their 8th year and were founded by digital experts Zoe Amar and Matt Collins
The winners of the Social CEOs awards were announced at its first online awards ceremony yesterday, hosted by Fundraising Everywhere.
2020’s winners are using social media in bold and creative ways that have helped them get cut through during a year when online spaces became even busier during the pandemic. Amongst the winners are Kate Lee of Alzheimer’s Society, Dalton Leong of The Children’s Trust and Saba Shafi of Bossing It. The judging panel also chose an overall winner from the top CEOs, Dr Wanda Wyporska, Executive Director of The Equality Trust.
This year the judges chose 16, rather than 25 CEOs (as they did last year), so that consistently excellent quality can serve as an inspiration to other leaders.
The judging panel also made 6 individual awards alongside the top CEOs to recognise exemplary social media and digital leadership.
As in 2019, the judges did not select a winner for the Digital Trustee award as no-one met the criteria.
The nominees were judged by a panel of digital leaders chaired by Simon Blake, CEO of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England. The other judges were: Polly Neate, CEO of Shelter, Tessy Ojo, CEO of The Diana Award, Lucy Caldicott, Founder at Change Out, Ruth Ibegbuna, Founder of RECLAIM Project and The Roots Programme and Kim Shutler, CEO at The Cellar Trust.
“In a tough year our winners have demonstrated that vision, ambition and being willing to stand out and take risks can help leaders succeed on digital, despite the challenges of COVID-19. Our judges were pleased by how winners had used digital creatively to champion the needs of the people their organisations support, to innovate in a time of crisis and to embrace challenging conversations about diversity. The class of 2020 show how leaders need to be bold and have a clear sense of purpose with digital as the social sector plots a route out of the crisis.”
- Zoe Amar
"Many congratulations to this year’s winners. We’re pleased to see a range of social sector leaders amongst them, including some rising stars. As more organisations have majored on digital it’s become increasingly hard to carve out a niche but all of our winners show that any leader can use digital effectively if they invest in growing their confidence and skills. Leaders who do this will help their organisations create a sustainable future and stay connected to the people they support.”
- Matt Collins