Award of Excellence
This annual award recognises significant contributions in the field of civil protection and emergency management in keeping with the aims and objectives of the Institute.
The ICPEM Executive Council is delighted to award Virginia Murray the Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management’s Award of Excellence.
This annual award was established to recognise significant contributions in the field of civil protection and emergency management. Nominations for the award may be based on contributions to the field including research activity and publications, programme and policy advancement or
professional development of the field.
We recognise that throughout Virginia’s career, she has worked tirelessly to further disaster risk reduction and have a long and distinguished career in the academic field and in public service. Her award has been given on the basis of her work:
Devising and producing Public Health England’s (formerly Health Protection Agency) Chemical Hazards and Poisons Report until 2013, when she took up the challenge by what was then UNISDR (now UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction) to bring science to the service of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.
Virginia travelled the world and contributed to numerous international initiatives to improve both policy and strategy in DRR.
Her latest work involved the compilation with many UN and other scientists of the UNDRR/International Science Council (ISC) Hazard Definition and Classification Review (2020) and the UNDRR/ISC Hazard Information Profiles (2021); and with many WHO and other scientists the WHO Guidance on Research Methods for Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management (2021)
Virginia, now working for UK Health Security Agency, has been director and co-author of numerous peer-reviewed journal articles that make evidence available both to those who study hazards and those who must make decisions about managing them.
Professor Alexander, Vice President of ICPEM, stated, “Virginia’s achievements are amazing and her sincerity and dedication both a tonic and an inspiration. She has also done very much indeed to encourage others to work at DRR and to ensure that young researchers are motivated, given a sense of direction and accommodated in this field.”
The passion, sincerity and sense of mission in her lectures have inspired audiences of decision makers, practitioners, academics and students all over the world. There is no doubting her eminence.
Professor Virginia Murray
Criteria for Evaluating Nominations
A nomination will be considered eligible for this award on the basis if the awards committee are satisfied it meets the following criteria:
The nominator presents a clear written statement, in no more than 400 words, supporting the view that the work of the nominee fulfils the mission, vision and objectives of the ICPEM wholly or in part.
The nomination includes appropriate references/evidence in support of the statement.
The nominee is NOT a member of the Awards Committee.
The nomination must be received by the Membership Secretary by 31 December of the year in which the award is being made, i.e. if it is for 2022, it must be received by 31 December 2022.
Guidelines for the Award
The Executive Council of shall act as Awards Committee and will consider nominations for the award on an annual basis.
Nominations for the award may be based on contributions to the field in various forms, including research activity/publications, programme and policy advancement and/or professional development of the field.
The form of contribution is deliberately non-prescriptive in recognition of the fact that contributions to this field may vary while still meeting the broad intentions of the award.
In order to be considered for an award a nominee's work must be evidenced through a written nomination.
Nominators and nominees need not be members of the Institute.
The awards committee can itself generate nominations as well as obtaining them in whatever way it deems feasible from the broader emergency management community
Anyone wishing to be considered as a nominee themselves must be supported by a formal nominator
Members of the Awards Committee may not be considered for the Award during their time of office
A nominee considered one year but not given the award is eligible in future years
There will be no more than one award a year.
While possible nominees are to be considered every year, no award need be made if the Committee decide that none of the nominations in any given year meet the established criteria.
Previous Years' Winners
2020 Dr Ken Hines and Tony Thompson
2019 Not presented
2018 Matt Sullivan
2017 Not presented
2016 Not presented
2015 Alan Clark
2014 Sarah Alcock
2013 Oliver Stallworthy
2012 Roger Young
2011 Dr Walter Ammann and Peter Jefferson
2010 Tony Moore and Bill Blake
2009 Not presented
2008 Tony Thompson
2007 Anne Eyre
2006 Muriel McClenahan OBE
2005 Steve Gregory