Teenage Cancer Trust head wins Social CEOs award

The award scheme is now in its sixth year and pays tribute to the charity sector’s most social media savvy and digitally aware CEOs.

Joe Lepper | 8th Nov 18
Social CEOs Award

The chief executive of the Teenage Cancer Trust has scooped the top prize in the Social CEOs awards, which recognises charity leaders who are making a mark on social media and championing digital change.

Kate Collins has been named overall winner for her social media activity promoting the work of the Teenage Cancer Trust and motivating her staff by flagging up their achievements.

The Social CEOs awards also highlights the top 25 charity chief executives who use social media effectively to share stories about their organisation and build relationships with key stakeholders.

In addition, six  individual awards were made, with Caroline Price of eating disorder charity Beat named best senior leader, Helen Stokes-Lampard of The Royal College of General Practitioners winning two awards, best social media trustee and best digital trustee, and Nikki Bell of the British Heart Foundation named best rising star.

Julie Dodd of Parkinson’s UK won the best digital leader accolade, while Liz Green of Youth Link Scotland won best digital champion.

However, the judges were unable to name a winner in the best digital CEO as they felt no one had met all the criteria.

Female charity bosses lead the way

In addition to taking all individual awards, 14 of the top 25 are women.

In total 132 nominations were received, up from 101 last year. This year 15 of the top 25 had not won an award before, this is up from 14 last year.

The Social CEOs is now in its sixth year and was founded by digital expert Zoe Amar and Matt Collins, founder of digital marketing agency Platypus Digital.

The awards event, held on 7 November, was hosted by online giving platform JustGiving.

“This year’s winners continue to blaze a trail for others by creating debate online, championing their charities and developing relationships which help their organisations,” said Amar.

“Digital is now central to how the modern charity leader strategises and operates. Looking ahead to the 2019 awards, our judging panel will be keen to see more nominations from leaders who exemplify this ethos and this year’s judges are encouraging winners to ‘pay it forward’ by nominating those they admire, from charities of all sizes and causes, next year.”

Collins added: “Our awards also show that there is a new, hungry and ambitious generation of charity leaders emerging for whom digital is central to their modus operandi and who are using this to help drive their organisations forward.”