Working for Better Work

Frontline Advisor of the Year

• Christine Morris, Maximus
• Mary Victoria I, Ingeus
(Joint winners)

Sitting at the very heart of programme delivery, this award shines a light on our sector’s amazing frontline advisors, specialist staff and trainers; an industry exemplar of supporting long term unemployed people in their journey towards sustainable employment.

Our sponsor says: “Standguide are sponsoring this category because we believe that the role of the Frontline Advisor is the foundation around which all other aspects of a service are built. We’ve seen countless examples of the right Advisor being a catalyst for change, inspiring and empowering individuals from that hesitant first contact to the final in-work support intervention. We commend any and all Advisors who go that extra mile for their participants, enhancing their prospects, self-esteem, self-reliance and safeguarding, because we’ve seen time and time again that the work of the frontline Advisor not only changes lives, but saves lives.”

About the winners

Christine Morris, Maximus

Maximus Employment Advisor Christine has spent 30 years supporting people in Merthyr Tydfil with disabilities, health conditions and long-term joblessness. Since 2018 alone, she has helped 373 participants to find employment through the Work and Health Programme. This year, Christine supported the third generation of a local family into work!     

Mary-Victoria, Ingeus

Mary joined Ingeus in 2019 as a Caseworker for the Central London Works Work and Health Programme. Mary has 27 years’ experience in the welfare to work sector, having left nursing due to sight loss. One of Ingeus’s top-performing caseworkers, Mary has helped 137 people into jobs so far.

The 2023 finalists:

  • Christine Morris, Maximus
  • Helen Robinson, Twining Enterprise
  • Joseph Kajdi, Catch-22
  • Mary-Victoria I., Ingeus
  • Grace Prescott, Unity Works
  • Vicky Shields, Fedcap
  • Fleur Patton, Papworth Trust
  • Jude Sach, Southern Housing
  • Caroline Geiss, Essex Cares Ltd
  • Kirsty Langley, Forward Trust
  • Hannah Kaur, Sport4Life
  • Courtney Llewellyn, ITEC Training

About our sponsor

Standguide Limited, part of Standguide Group Limited, have delivered employment-related services for over 30 years. Working as both a prime contractor and a subcontractor, Standguide support all participant groups, possessing particular expertise in mental health, digital upskilling, refugee support, ESOL and disability employment. Standguide’s current prime contracts including working for the Department for Work and Pensions as the market-leading DWP Dynamic Purchasing System provider; the NHS as an IPS Grow-rated: “Exemplary” provider; and Greater Manchester and Sheffield City Region combined authorities as on Ofsted-rated “Good” education provider.