STR’s Annual Conference 2018

2018 saw the return of STR’s iconic annual conference. The return was warmly welcomed, with the whole group ready to celebrate our key achievements and have a great evening.

For our annual conference we went back to one of our favourite locations, the Chilworth Manor Hotel in Southampton. The afternoon started with a message from our Chairman, Richard Crawley, followed by our full year results from Group Operations Director, Brett Stephens. Our CEO, Clive Hutchings, then reported on the results of our Vision and Values survey, as well as revealing our employee-chosen core values. Find out what our employees chose as their Vision and Values here.

After a short break for hot drinks and pastries, we got down to the real celebrations! Beginning by recognising our unsung heroes – those who have gone above and beyond to provide an exceptional level of service to their clients and colleagues. This was followed by this quarter’s promotions, of which there were 23. We then officially welcomed all our new starters who passed their probation, or as we like to call it – our Class of 2018.

Next up the winners of our Alpha Elite Challenge were announced and the lucky 14 were:

  • Charlotte
  • Rob
  • Kelly
  • Tom F
  • Mark
  • Gary D
  • Joel
  • Gary C
  • Tom S
  • Ali
  • Victoria
  • Jeremy
  • Emma
  • Ross
Alpha Elite Challenge

Next we rewarded our long-serving employees (those who have reached 3, 5 and 10 years of service), thanking them for their hard work and dedication to the STR Group.

Finishing with our annual awards we had several people to recognise. It is fair to say that everyone’s hands were very sore from clapping. Along with all the above, we celebrated our Rising Star, Team of the Year, Shared Services Person of the Year, Highest Account Delivery Performer and Highest 360 Performer.

The 2018 winners…

Chrissie Jones, Senior Bioinformatic Recruitment Consultant, was awarded Rising Star for 2018. Chrissie only joined us in 2018 as a Graduate Recruitment Consultant and has since hit the ground running, developing Blackfield Associates’ Bioinformatic desk and earning a promotion to Senior Recruitment Consultant.

Our Life Sciences brand, Blackfield Associates, were our Team of the Year for 2018. Blackfield Associates launched in 2017 and has since been doing exceptionally well, becoming our highest performing brand!

Jeremy Ross-Clyne, Group Infrastructure Manager, was our Shared Services Person of the Year. Jeremy has shown continuous dedication to his role, supporting the whole company and its IT Infrastructure, as well as implementing various IT systems simultaneously. He often works out of hours and goes above and beyond.

Jennifer Watt, Lead Account Manager, was our Highest Account Delivery Performer for 2018. Jennifer joined the business in 2015 and has gone from strength to strength developing and managing some of Blackfield Associates major pharmaceutical accounts. She is very hard working, tenacious and dedicated.

Mark Mckeganey, Managing Consultant, was our Highest 360 performer for 2018. Mark has been instrumental in the development of Blackfield Associates throughout 2018, leading their Medical Affairs proposition in market. He has continued to identify and deliver exceptional talent to sought after and business critical appointments and is a respected and valued partner to a number of key clients within Blackfield Associates’ portfolio.

The afternoon turned to evening, and the function room was transformed into a Winter Wonderland themed dining area for our 2018 celebrations. The whole group enjoyed starters, mains and desserts, followed by a free bar, DJ and dance floor, as well as a photobooth and chocolate fountain.

We all drank and danced the night away; a fantastic way to end a successful year.


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