10/27/2010 12:52:27 PM

Take a bow, Nina Wong! ARM employee wins Best Newcomer in the IRP Awards!

ARM delights in industry recognition for two employees.

IRP AwardsEvening, The Brewery, London: Professionals from across the UK recruitment industry celebrate the industry’s gold standard, the Institute of Recruitment Professionals Awards.


Earlier in the year, ARM had delighted in the confirmation that two of its employees were finalists: Nina Wong (Best Newcomer) and John Dunaway (Best Business Manager).


On the night, we were delighted to see Nina win her award and John receive a commendation in his category.


Kevin Green, Chief Executive of the REC, said of the awards:

“The standard of entries was exceptional. For those who were shortlisted, bask in the glory of your achievements, the bar was set high”.


ARM at the IRP awards

From left to right:

John Dunaway, Joel Hard, Mike Gawthorne, Kevin Green, Samantha Templer and Nina Wong


This is what the Institute of Recruitment Professionals said about our deserving winner:



“Nina was seeking a new challenge and an opportunity to have an impact on individuals when she decided to pursue a career in recruitment. She joined the Automotive Engineering Team at ARM in October 2009 in the midst of the recession when many companies had imposed recruitment freezes. Nina focused on the long-term vision and persevered despite the economic gloom. She is one of three in a team at ARM who have generated a turnover of £0.5 million this year. The judges recognised Nina’s innovative ideas and fresh approach to recruiting while building strong relationships with clients based on trust.”


Nina said,

“I was so happy to just be shortlisted but to actually win is one of my best ever achievements! This is also an achievement for the people within ARM who have invested their time and knowledge in helping me to get to where I am”.


ARM’s other finalist, John Dunaway, was highly commended in the category of Business Manager of the year award. John’s outstanding career at ARM saw him recently promoted to Director level. John said of last night’s awards:

“I felt incredibly proud when the knife's edge atmosphere was cut, with the announcement of 'Nina Wong - Best Newcomer'! She truly deserves it, having started her recruitment career in the recession and now performing well above expectations - she's smart and she works hard, that's her secret. But I won't take the credit for her meteoric rise. ARM’s Joel Hard hired Nina and developed her. He continues to do so, and they are a truly winning team”.


IRP winner Nina Wong and finalist John Dunaway


The last word on this BLOG goes to Mike Gawthorne, our MD, who posted this message to me this morning:

"I’m absolutely delighted with Nina for winning her award, because it highlights the passion she has shown in helping customers develop in a really tough climate. She joined ARM in a recession and despite this has had a burgeoning career supported brilliantly by Joel Hard and the rest of her team. John Dunaway's commendation reflects what all of us at ARM already know about his commitment and dedication to his clients and his ARM teams alike. ARM aims to remain a permanent fixture at these awards, which are doing much to highlight the professionalism of our industry today."