About the Legion
15 November 2012
The Public Affairs team of The Royal British Legion has won the prestigious Public Affairs News Award for 'In-House Team of the Year'.
Against fierce competition from charities and commercial
companies, the prize was awarded at a ceremony in central London
last Thursday night, hosted by Daily Mirror journalist Kevin
A group of senior judges from across the public affairs and campaigning sector decided that the Legion's Public Affairs team's performance in securing tangible outcomes over a 12-month period made it the best in the business. The successes included ensuring the principles of the Armed Forces Covenant were written into law and saving the Chief Coroner. The prize was awarded after a tough interrogation from six judges back in September.
There was stiff opposition on the night from both the charity and private sectors, including Macmillan's team in Wales and the Airport Operators Association.
Kevin Shinkwin, Head of Public Affairs, said "I'm really proud of the team. This is a tribute to both our team effort and to the Legion as a whole. This is the second consecutive year that the Public Affairs team has won a Public Affairs News award, which was given last year specifically for the Armed Forces Covenant campaign. It recognises an outstanding year of achievements for the Legion's Public Affairs team. To our colleagues in PR and Public Policy and to all those who worked closely with us on the past year's campaigns a very big thank you!"
Nick Donovan, Assistant Director for Public Policy and Public Affairs, said "As a result of the team's work many bereaved families should benefit from speedier and improved inquests, proposals to allow secret inquests were rejected, and injured Service personnel will receive improved financial support when the Disability Living Allowance is replaced by the Personal Independence Payment and Armed Forces Independence Payment. This award is given in recognition of the team's work in securing these important reforms which affect our beneficiaries' lives."
More information about the work of our Public Policy and Public Affairs teams can be found in our Campaigning section.