A Henderson Group employee has been recognised by Business in the Community for her environmental leadership at the launch of 2019 NI Environmental Survey, held at Belfast Harbour Offices in late November.

Helen Crilly, a Compliance Manager with the Henderson Group, was awarded the George Dawson Award for her passion and commitment to improving environmental performance both within the company and in her local community.

The survey, which is sponsored by Moy Park and supported by DAERA, recognises and rewards those organisations going above and beyond their legal requirements to improve environmental impacts and better manage resources and has been running for over 20 years. Henderson Group was also awarded the highest platinum award for the third year running.

The George Dawson award is one of the most prestigious accolades given out on the evening and pays tribute to the memory of former Business in the Community colleague, George Dawson, who passed away in 2007 following a short illness.

Mr. Dawson was particularly interested in environmental initiatives and developed many programmes to encourage businesses to become more sustainable. As such, the award is given to an individual who champions environmental causes in his or her workplace.

Helen is the first Henderson Group employee to receive this accolade and has been awarded for her dedication to promoting sustainability and raising awareness of environmental issues within the Group.

Pat McGarry, Logistics Manager with the Henderson Group, nominated Helen for this award and says he was delighted to see her win the top prize on the night.

“Helen has been with the Henderson Group for 10 years and in that time has been at the forefront of improving our environmental credentials right across the group. She was involved with the environmental design of our brand new warehouse, ensuring energy-saving measures are implemented throughout and has completely transformed our waste-management procedures meaning we no longer send any waste to landfill.

“What’s more, Helen has undertaken a significant education programme throughout the Group, raising awareness of the importance of environmental issues across all of our divisions. Her efforts have made a huge difference to our company and I’m delighted to see her expertise and insight recognised by Business in the Community.”

Other winners on the night included Bombardier, who took the top spot for the third consecutive year and Moy Park.

To find out more about other organisations who participated in the survey and see how they scored, visit www.bitcni.org.uk