The Branch Excellence Awards recognise outstanding achievements and contributions to the records and information management industry. Through the practical application of records and information management initiatives, nominees promote the RIMPA Charter of leveraging the value of records as corporate assets and as evidence of business activities at a RIMPA Branch level.
The awards honour those who have made significant contributions to the advancement of our profession and who are leaders in the records and information management industry. The Awards culminate in the recognition and celebration of organisations and individuals that implement initiatives and industry leading services that raise the visibility of records and information management across industries.
The awards are presented in the following categories by each Branch of RIMPA.
The recipients of all Excellence Awards become the nominees in the Company Outstanding Achievement Awards.
Timeline for Branch Excellence awards:
Nominations open: 1 January - 1 March
Judging panels assess nominations: 2 March - 26 March
Notification of winners to Awards and Recognition Portfolio Lead: by 26 March
Announcement and presentation of winners: 1 May - 31 May at Branch event for Information Awareness Month
ACT RIMPA Excellence Awards
The ACT RIMPA Excellence Awards are presented in all four categories with the Outstanding Individual award named in honour of a significant individual in the records and information management industry in the ACT, Rob Barnett.
NSW RIMPA Excellence Awards
The NSW RIMPA Excellence Awards are presented in all four categories, with the Outstanding Student award named in honour of an individual who had a significant impact on education in the records and information management industry in NSW, Peter A. Smith.
Peter A. Smith
Peter A. Smith was a long-standing member of the NSW Branch who was a strong supporter of education in the records and information industry. Peter A. Smith was the Chair of the Company Education Committee.
NZ RIMPA Excellence Awards
The NZ RIMPA Excellence Awards are presented in all four categories, with the Outstanding Student and Outstanding Individual awards being named to honour two significant New Zealanders in the records and information management industry, Dr Gillian Oliver and Dianne Macaskill.
Dr Gillian Oliver
An outstanding educator and innovative-thought leader, Dr Gillian Oliver, PhD. whose depth of records and information management knowledge is world-renowned. She has held positions of academic authority in many parts of the western world guiding generations of records and knowledge managers, librarians, archivists, genealogists and historians in the fundamentals and fine points of handling information, its ethics and its crafts. Her curriculum vitae is filled with the terminology of records, libraries, informatics, science, management, risk, culture, archives, technology, scholarship, humanities and editorial authority.
The former Chief Archivist of New Zealand, Dianne Macaskill, whose leadership role in the passing of the Public Records Act 2005 into law gave an unprecedented lift to the authority of Archives New Zealand. Across the first decade of the 21st Century, she raised the profile of information management in Government agencies, embedded the importance of creating and maintaining records and their lawful disposal, moving Archives NZ from a custodian of physical documents to a place of influence and mana.
Qld RIMPA Excellence Awards
The Qld RIMPA Excellence Awards are presented in all four categories and are named to recognise and honour two significant Queenslanders in the records and information management industry, Harry Haxton and Chris Simpson.
Harry Haxton was one of Queensland’s founding fathers, the award honours Harry Haxton who encouraged our industry to push the boundaries and achieve more than what we ever thought possible. From education and learning, publication and knowledge sharing his ‘give it a go attitude’ is the basis on which outstanding achievements are built. Harry was the inaugural lecturer in records management in Qld and a strong champion for educated professionals in our industry.
Chris Simpson is a Life member of RIMPA and the recipient of the inaugural Industry Contribution Award for Leadership/Mentoring. Firmly believing in the power of the pen, Chris held the position of Secretary on the (then) Local Government Chapter during its formation years. The Chris Simpson Awards culminate in the recognition and celebration of individuals that implement initiatives and industry leading services on a prominent scale.
SA/NT RIMPA Excellence Awards
The SA/NT RIMPA Excellence Awards are presented in all four categories with the Outstanding Individual award named in honour of a significant individual in the records and information management industry in South Australia and Northern Territory, Lisa McDonnough.
The late Lisa McDonough provided outstanding customer service to the information management industry in South Australia. Winning and retaining customers in today's increasingly competitive world is more important than ever. It can take months to find a customer and only seconds to lose one. Lisa was the Senior Account Manager for Iron Mountain and won Global Sales Person of the Year in 2009. An active member on the South Australian Branch Council from 2000 – 2012, Lisa is remembered for her ability to address clients’ needs and effectively solve their problems through innovative information management solutions.
Vic/Tas RIMPA Excellence Awards
The Vic/Tas RIMPA Excellence Awards are presented in all four categories with the New Professional and Outstanding Group awards named in honour of two significant individuals in the records and information management industry in Victoria, Judith Ellis and David Moldrich.
WA RIMPA Excellence Awards
The WA RIMPA Excellence Awards are presented in all four categories and are named to recognise and honour two significant Western Australians in the records and information management industry, Marita Keenan and Neil Granland and a Western Australian icon - the Black Swan.
The first British settlement on the west coast of Australia was known as the Swan River Colony and almost immediately the black swan was adopted as a symbol for the region. Over the years, the black swan symbol has been used as an official seal, as well as on stamps, flags and coats of arms representing Western Australia.
Marita Keenan was the founding president of RIMPA in WA in the late 1970s, having moved to Perth from NSW where she was also a RIMPA member. She commenced her career in university and special libraries then engaged in the field of records management. She established a successful, independent records management consultancy in Western Australia working in the field for over 35 years with a range of clients across the public and private sectors and worked in collaboration with the Singapore-based Straits Knowledge Consultancy. Marita’s contribution and commitment to the profession overall and in particular to students embarking on their records and information management careers is to be commended.
Neil Granland made records management and ongoing involvement in the (then) RMAA his life’s work. As a former WA Branch President, National Director and National Vice President, Neil’s commitment and dedication to the profession was delivered with grace and good humour. He spent many hours in the pursuit of making records management a bigger, better and more respected profession. During his career, Neil held positions on a variety of committees and was also a lecturer at both Perth TAFE and Edith Cowan University. As a fitting tribute, Neil was awarded the Certificate of Excellence in Records Management by the WA Branch of RMAA in 1995.
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