Celebration Week | Honorary Award Winners

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A huge thank you to our Honorary Award Winners from Celebration Week!

Meet Zoe Simons!

Zoe Simons is a former Chelmsford College student and a Quarter Finalist on BBC Two’s Masterchef. She received recognition for her outstanding contribution to Catering and for inspiring and helping current students. Zoe has previously said “My time at Chelmsford College was absolutely fundamental in my success” and she has since generously given her time to current students, mentoring and encouraging them in their own Catering career choices. Zoe now works for Waitrose, developing new food product ranges.

On receiving the Award, Zoe said:

"I left College 8 years ago and it's an absolute honour to receive the Honorary Award. It's great to get so much support from tutors and without them I wouldn't be in this Industry and loving my job... I'm ever so grateful to them."

Meet Scott Staines!

Scott Staines has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to Men’s Hairdressing. Scott has his own salons Hommé Hair and is a bespoke barber and former member of the British Men’s Hairdressing team. He has trained under some of the biggest names: John Frieda and Craig Hubert and has competed internationally.

On receiving his Award, Scott said:

"I'm really grateful to receive an award and it was a pleasure to pass on my knowledge and teach the students at the Academy."

Meet Jim Harris!

Jim Harris has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to Sport and Public Services. Jim is Operations Manager for Essex Outdoors and is a popular face at the College. He is passionate about getting young people to try different outdoor activities such as archery, climbing, high ropes andpaddle boarding. For the past 10 years Jim and his staff have provided opportunities for students to participate in a range of Outdoor and Adventurous Activities at Essex Outdoors in Harlow. He’s also organised, planned and instructed residential trips to the Brecon Beacons in South Wales. Jim has taught hundreds of students the value of outdoor education and helped them develop confidence in their own ability to succeed in whatever they put their mind to.

On receiving his Award, Jim said:

"I know this is an honorary award but it genuinely is an honour. A lot of hard work goes into these trips so it’s nice to have recognition for that. It’s a great experience for outdoor education and in a way it feels like I’ve been awarded twice. Not only did I receive this but we also get to see how the students benefit from the trips which is just as rewarding."

Meet Chris Cook!

For Media, Chris Cook has been a huge inspiration to our Film students for some time. Chris is a Lead Modeller at Frame Store, one of the biggest VFX companies in the world (the only company who is licensed to produce Marvel films). Frame Store has won Scientific and Technical Academy Awards, BAFTAs, an Oscar and many other major awards including Cannes Lions, British Television Advertising Awards, Clios and D&AD. Chris is from Chelmsford and he retrained to work in film in his 30s. He has an incredible showreel and is one of the key partners of the recently launched Chelmsford Film Festival.

Meet Simon Hawkins!

Simon Hawkins, Group Training and Quality manager for Hill always goes the extra mile to support Construction students. Over the past four years, Simon has continuously worked with Construction students at the College, arranging trainee management posts and sponsored degree programmes after their HNC. His enthusiasm and outstanding support has truly inspired our College students.

On receiving his Award, Simon said:

"Thank you very much for this award and thank you to the students who have put the hard work in."

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