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Seven innovative men and women have been nominated for the prestigious Man and Woman of the Year Award for their outstanding achievement, commitment and contribution to the industry. These men and women are winners regardless of prizes, these Awards are to show them how fantastic they are, and the industry want to acknowledge and thank them for all their contributions.

AND THE NOMINEES ARE ...

CATEGORY: PCA WOMAN OF THE YEAR

CLARE BABE
SENIOR PROCURMENT MANAGER AT ROYAL MAIL

Clare started her career at Accenture before moving to The Royal Mail, where she has been working as a buyer for over ten years. She worked with them through the process of outsourcing their uniform to Dimensions Corporatewear, in 2007. She now manages the Assets Category and in the last two years added Automation. Following her moving into Assets and Automation, the uniform procurement’s responsibility is now with Mark Harris. However, Clare continues to sit on the Uniform Steering Group, as she makes it a personal point to be involved in every process, therefore showing her dedication. The Uniform Steering Group looks at the strategic direction of the uniform policy, effecting the best possible enhancements to the uniform range and service. She also takes part in the Quarterly Business Review meetings, which are held with their incumbent supplier.

Clare believes that some of the key ingredients for a successful partnership between buyer and supplier, lies in being patient and being open to new and alternative ways of doing things. She considers employees the most valuable asset of an industry, and therefore takes their views into account when deciding on a new uniform. She is always looking at industry innovations, how job roles might be evolving, and the work appropriateness of current uniform, in order to make decisions regarding changes or updates in her business’ uniform. Placing great importance on both supplier-buyer relationships, and employees’ feedback, Clare is a force to be reckoned with in the industry, making her an amazing candidate for Woman of the Year 2018.

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CATEGORY: PCA WOMAN OF THE YEAR

LOUISE JOHNSON
UNIFORM MANAGER FOR RBS

Louise is the Uniform Manager for RBS (Royal Bank of Scotland), where she has worked for 32 years. She currently manages 10 brands of uniform across the RBS business, and has been in role for 19 years. These brands include NatWest, Ulster Bank and other smaller brands such as Holts Military Banking, Drummonds and Child & CO. RBS changed suppliers to Incorporatewear in 2015.

With over three decades in the industry, Louise has a wealth of buying experience within Corporate Clothing. She likes to keep a close eye on the marketplace, refreshing uniform designs every 2-3 years. Louise values sustainability, corporate social responsibility, and shared ethos, believing that both successes and challenges help you learn and grow. Her nomination for Woman of the Year 2018 is indeed well-deserved.

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CATEGORY: PCA WOMAN OF THE YEAR

NATASHA GRICE
GENERAL MANAGER OF EBW ROUTE

Natasha started her career with Virgin Atlantic, working as a flight attendant, before moving to Virgin Trains in 2002. There she worked as a Customer Services Assistant at Birmingham New Street, before being appointed General manager of EBW Route (Euston-Birmingham-Wolverhampton). Working as part of the front-line team meeting customers every day, Natasha describes her position as ‘a great way to get under the skin of the railway’.

When it comes to uniform, Natasha has strived to have one uniform that becomes iconic and instantly recognisable as Virgin Trains. The current uniform is supplied by Hunter, with whom Virgin Trains has been working for more than two years, and the former was invaluable in the successful launch of this idyllic uniform.

Natasha abides by her brand values, which can be summed up, as she states, ‘Doing the Right Thing’. She is a worthy nominee for Woman of the Year 2018.

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CATEGORY: PCA WOMAN OF THE YEAR

TIERA KELLEY
UNIFORM STANDARDS MANAGER AT ACTION HOSPITALITY / AIR ARABIA GROUP (PJSC)

Tiera has been a buyer for eight years, and currently purchases for about 1,500 wearers at Air Arabia Group. Previously, she worked for Virgin America and at Qatar Airways Group, where she purchased for 30,000 wearers. Tiera’s motto is ‘uniforms should look good and not cut costs’, a task in which she has been successful by monitoring production closely, keeping lean on inventory and minimizing lead-times.

Tiera has experience working with both large and small quantities, which has given her a wide range of knowledge and allowed her to product source and manufacture locally. She believes that when deciding on a new uniform, everyone’s view is important, especially if you want a successful program. Everyone has the opportunity to voice their opinion.

In terms of suppliers, Tiera does a lot of the sourcing herself and works directly with the manufacturer. What makes her job easier is having a network and returning to partners capable of executing garments with minimal issues. She has worked with The Uniform Company, DSN Manufacturing, Young Boy, Olino Uniforms, Creative Concepts, Cintas, Affinity Apparel and Skypro.

Tiera is a resourceful, well-accomplished buyer in the industry, making her an amazing nominee for Woman of the Year 2018.

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CATEGORY: PCA WOMAN OF THE YEAR

NICKI PETRIE
UNIFORM MANAGE, CHANNEL SUPPORT & OPERATIONS

Nicki is the Uniform Manager for Nationwide Building Society and has been in the role six years. Refreshing Natinwide's collection every two years for around 7800 wearers, Nicki has a passion for fashion, an eye for detail, and strives to create industry leading Uniform that reflects Nationwide's brand values and ensures wearer comfort and satisfaction. In her relatively short time in the role, Nicki has been recognised for her creative flair, having been awarded with Best Bespoke Uniform at the 2016 Professional Clothing Awards for her work on Nationwides Future Collection.

Wearer engagement is extremely important to Nicki, and she believes this is key in bringing insight into the practicality and performance of garments. Nicki is dynamic and always looking at new and different ways of working, and this includes new and innovative methods of wearer engagement through the design and development of a collection. Nicki builds strong working relationships with suppliers and credits this to the successful delivery of uniform ranges.

Nationwide’s vision is to be one of the leading performers of environmental sustainability in the UK's financial services sector. This is something Nicki brings to life in the way in which sustainability and ethical considerations in the clothing process are managed. Supporting local communities and initiatives is really important to Nationwide, and she actively promotes this at the end of a clothing life cycle. Nicki is solution focused, highly motivated, embraces change and loves a challenge.

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CATEGORY: PCA MAN OF THE YEAR

VAUGHAN WALLIS
HEAD OF PRINT MANAGEMENT OF COMMERCIAL LTD

Vaughan Wallis has over 30 years of experience in all facets of print and professional clothing. He has been Head of Print Management at Commercial Group for the past 5 years, overseeing supply chain and customer service for corporate clients in retail, media and construction sectors.

From start up in 1991, the Commercial Group has grown to be one of the largest Independent suppliers of Business Services & Products in the UK with over 280 staff nationally and revenue in excess of £66m. Commercial is extremely concerned with issues of sustainability, and their strategy is rooted in ISO14001 requirements. They believe in bringing about positive change - in social as well as environmental matter - through business.

Commercial provides coverage from offices in Cheltenham, London and Leeds, with an extensive logistics and service network serving approximately 2,000 customers across the UK, Ireland and Europe. They provide workwear to a lot of corporate customers in retail, media and construction utilising a best in class supply base.

Vaughan’s personal involvement with Commercial started over 5 years ago and followed a long career in print management that included periods of time as a chief executive. During the past 5 years he has helped to forge an excellent professional clothing service, which not only supplies the product, but also advices on ethical procurement, logistics and rebrand activity.

His work has been inspiring, making him a remarkable nominee for Man of the Year 2018.

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CATEGORY: PCA MAN OF THE YEAR

CLIFF JENNINGS
ASSISTANT SOURCING MANAGER, JOHN LEWIS PARTERSHIP

Cliff has been working for the John Lewis Partnership for just over 30 years. During that period, he covered several roles, from selling on the shop floor, to various administration roles. He also counts in his experience nine years in head office, within procurement, managing supplier relationships and branch operations.

The John Lewis Partnership's 85,500 Partners own the leading UK retail businesses - John Lewis and Waitrose. Their founder's vision of a successful business powered by its people and its principles defines their unique company today.

Currently, Cliff leads a team of four, who manage numerous different categories of product across both trading divisions of Waitrose and John Lewis. The John Lewis Partnership is a visionary and successful way of doing business, boldly putting the happiness of Partners at the centre of everything it does. It's the embodiment of an ideal, the outcome of nearly a century of endeavour to create a different sort of company, owned by Partners dedicated to serving customers with flair and fairness.

Over time, Cliff has built up strong business relationships with all his suppliers and conducts these in a manner that fits the Partnerships principles. Cliff and his team use their extensive knowledge, alongside the support of their suppliers, to ensure that they always have products that are fit for purpose, therefore meeting their front-line partners’ needs, and representing their brands well.

His knowledge both from working in the shops, and working with suppliers, has enabled him to ensure he gives his branches and head offices stakeholders the best possible service, as well as understanding his front-line partners’ needs. Customer service has always been highly important to Cliff, making him an extraordinary nominee for Man of the Year 2018.

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