Who can make nominations?
Nominations may be made by any member or any staff member but not by a member of the team being nominated.
When can nominations be made?
Recipients of these Awards will be announced at the TOPRA Annual General Meeting each year. The deadline for the 2021 nomination period is 23 August.
Nominations should be based on volunteer service given to TOPRA in the year since the last AGM.
The TOP TEAM award will be decided annually and ratified at the September Board (or the meeting in the month prior to the Annual Review meeting).
What can the nominations be for?
This Award is intended to recognise the contribution of teams and the excellent work they deliver, be it an ad hoc working party, a permanent working party or a permanent standing committee. If in doubt, please contact our Membership team for advice.
Are there any exclusions?
The Board may not be nominated as a TOP TEAM. However, teams led by or including Board members will be eligible.
How are nominations submitted and assessed?
Nominations must be made in writing using a form provided as a guide, and the nominator must address aspects of the team’s work that make their performance exceptional, over and above what would be expected of any committee working for a professional organisation. The criteria will not be unduly prescriptive as it is anticipated that there will be many ways in which a team could be considered to be the ‘TOP’.
Nominations will be submitted to the Head of Membership who will present them for consideration by the Board and their decision is final. Ratification will take place at the Board meeting prior to the Annual Review meeting (usually September) and will occur only once a year .
The criteria for selection of the TOP TEAM will not be formally laid down and the decision is not to select the ‘best’ team based on set criteria but to use the information provided in the nomination to make a subjective judgement .There is no limit to how many times a team can be nominated (or win) for a TOP TEAM award.
Once selected, the Head of Membership will advise the Chairman of the team and ask for a list of all members of the team who have contributed during the year.
What does the successful nominee receive?
The winners (and from time to time, runners up) will be announced at the Annual Review Meeting, in the next InTouch member newsletter, on the TOPRA website and in the Annual Report.
Each member of the team will receive a certificate and the Chairman will be advised of a sum of money that the team can spend on a team dinner.