Ashdown Phillips has received five nominations for this year’s SCEPTRE Awards, which recognise the best practice and best people in the shopping centre industry.
Chloe O’Donnell, Associate Director and Centre Manager and Ian Pratt, Operations Manager, both received nominations for their work at Idlewells Shopping Centre in Sutton-in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire.
Chloe’s hard work throughout the pandemic and dedication to helping the centre recover, her commitment to cementing links with the local community and her constant drive for improvement were among the reasons given in her nomination for Young Achiever of the Year. Her colleague Ian is shortlisted for Operations Manager of the Year for his work at Idlewells, as well as his management of 6 other retail parks for Ashdown Phillips. As well as consistently going above and beyond his duties, Ian has also been integral in the adoption of more sustainable practices at his sites, leading to a third nomination for Idlewells in the Sustainability Initiative of the Year Category. Electricity consumption on site has reduced by 30% in the last 12 months thanks to a program of lighting replacements and a switch to green electricity, and the site has been awarded a Green Apple for Environmental Best Practice following a focus on general waste reduction.
Edmonton Green Shopping Centre, London, also received two nominations for their team. Operations Manager Marie Kyriacou-Edwards has been shortlisted for Operations Manager of the Year thanks to her drive to ensure best in class operational efficiency. Marie has directly overseen day to day service delivery and operations across the 26 acre site, working closely with 62 service partners and providing coaching and development where needed. She has also managed a complex programme of improvements for the centre, as well as working to ensure that the site continued to operate at its best throughout the Covid-19 crisis.
Edmonton’s second nomination was for Retail Manager Rebecca Bird, a finalist in the Marketing Manager of the Year category. Upon joining the centre in mid-2020, Rebecca immediately set about restructuring the centre’s marketing activity and community engagement, along with successfully delivering a 40% saving on their current budget. Rebecca has been key to maintaining engagement with the local community, including those based on site at the centre, and worked closely with all to crate a dedicated Community Covid Marketing plan as well as delivering virtual Christmas events, a free library and supporting local charities and schools.
The SCEPTRE winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on the 23rd of November. Good luck to all our finalists!