Chartered Manager of the Year
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Celebrating the stars of management and leadership

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Sarah Gardner CMgr FCMI - Winner 2022

We are delighted to announce Sarah Gardner CMgr FCMI as our 2022 Chartered Manager of the Year.

Winning the award would be a dream come true and would be great for those who have supported me and encouraged me along the way. It would shine a light on all the great work that not just me but those around me have been involved in and I am hoping that it would help to motivate and inspire others.

Sarah Gardner CMgr FCMI
Sarah Gardner CMgr FCMI

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Richard Massey CMgr FCMI

Head Teacher
Glengormley High School

Richard Massey CMgr FCMI - Highly Commended 2022

Richard Massey CMgr FCMI has been awarded the highly commended title for the 2022 Chartered Manager of the Year award.

Being nominated for CMI Chartered Manager of the Year is a genuine honour and a recognition of the years I've spent working hard to hone my craft as a manager and leader within education in Northern Ireland. Effective management and leadership rarely comes easy and requires a significant sacrifice in terms of time for listening, looking, thinking, supporting and of course sheer hard labour - this nomination is a valuable recognition of this commitment - I am so appreciative.

Richard Massey CMgr FCMI

Our 2022 Shortlisted Candidates

We would like to congratulate all of our 2022 shortlisted entries, the standard was exceptional and it is great to see such a commitment to management as a profession.

Prabhjit Chana
Prabhjit Chana CMgr MCMI

Lead Subject Matter Expert in Workforce Development and Education
Ara Darzi Qatar Limited

Riwilo Masulani CMgr MCMI

Permitting Team Leader
Environment Agency

Helen Rogers (1)
Helen Rogers CMgr FCMI

Faculty Operations Manager
Keele University

Allan Youp
Allan Youp CMgr FCMI

Head of Solent Maritime Enterprise Zone
Royal Navy

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Simon Cyhanko CMgr MCMI - Winner 2021

Simon has been chosen as the Award winner for his implementation of a sewer flooding improvement plan. This was designed to tackle one of the worst experiences for customers, which has potential to do serious reputational damage. The plan involved 12 different initiatives, and represented a clear step-change in performance for the organisation. As senior manager for this project, Simon was responsible for a multi-disciplinary team and was required to communicate regularly with the ELT. He has therefore exhibited an ability to adeptly project manage a large-scale programme, whilst also managing other responsibilities.

I was delighted when I got the news that I had been shortlisted. Awards like these really help to drive people with a passion to be better managers and leaders. They can be real positive motivators for those, like myself, who want to thrive and get their hard work acknowledged.

Simon Cyhanko CMgr MCMI - Head of Wastewater Networks Northumbrian Water Group

Our 2021 Shortlisted Entries

Our shortlisted entries for the Student of the Year Award have now been announced, take a look at the shortlist below.

Emma Finney CMgr FCMI, Deputy Chair
Emma Finney CMgr FCMI

Innovation Manager
South Eastern Regional College

Payal Gaglani Bhatt
Payal Gaglani-Bhatt CMgr FCMI

CEO and Founder
The Little Gurus PMS LLC

For anybody working in Management and Leadership, awards such as these symbolise excellence, give peer validation and recognise expertise. I am excited to see where this shortlisting takes me, particularly in terms of my personal branding.

Manisha Mistry, CMgr MCMI - Winner 2020

Manisha was chosen as this year’s winner as her story is an inspiring example to so many other managers and leaders. Beyond the exceptional results and impact delivered, Manisha's challenge took her out of her comfort zone, and while she suffered a little initially from imposter syndrome, her self confidence and awareness grew hugely through her experience of developing digital culture at Rolls-Royce - two of the most important facets of any successful manager.

To win this prestigious award has left me speechless! For my achievements to be recognised by the Chartered Management Institute via this award re-confirms the effort was absolutely worth it and the outcomes are a testament to the power of enabling others.

Manisha Mistry CMgr MCMI - Head of Digital Culture, Rolls-Royce
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Matthew Carr CMgr FCMI - Winner 2019

Build, staff, equip and open a new school from scratch in Shanghai, in the space of just 10 months, knowing absolutely nothing about schools. Impossible? Not for Chartered Manager of the Year 2019. Matthew is just one of the thousands of Chartered Managers using it to harness their full potential, for their employers and themselves. With 83% becoming better managers for it, and 73% going on to exceed their targets as a result, who knows?

I’ve never been worried about trying new things. Being a Chartered Manager gives you the toolkit to take on a challenge.

Matthew Carr, CMgr FCMI - Director of Business Administration, Dulwich College International

Mick Watson - Winner 2018

Congratulations to our Chartered Manager of the Year 2018 winner.