Overall Winner & Outstanding Leader

Overall Winner & Outstanding Leader

Every year one of the category winners is crowned as the Overall Winner of that year’s Charity Awards. The chosen charity or campaign is the one that stands out for the judges in terms of its innovation, leadership, impact, scalability, sustainability and operational excellence. Charities that have won the Overall Award must beat off very stiff competition for this prestigious prize and should be enormously proud.

The judges also choose each year to recognise an individual from the sector who has demonstrated Outstanding Leadership. This too is a very select group, comprising instigators and innovators who have achieved great things themselves and inspired others along the way - the crème de la crème of the sector.


Overall Winner & Outstanding Leader


TV presenter Alex Jones,Peas chair David Townsend, Peas monitoring and evaluation officer Linda Jonsson, and Civil Society Media group editor Tania Mason and  minister for civil societyNick Hurd

Promoting Equality in African Schools (Peas)

Providing secondary school places for the most disadvantaged


Francis Maude MP; Guy Willoughby and Amy Currin, CEO and development manager at the HALO Trust; John Low CBE, CEO of CAF

The HALO Trust

Making villages landmine-free in Sri Lanka


John Low CBE, CEO of CAF; Francis Maude MP, minister for the Cabinet Office; David Congdon, head of campaigns and policy, Mencap; Beverley Dawkins OBE, national officer for profound and multiple learning disabilities, Mencap; Stephen Mangan, Awards host


Pioneering change from policy through implementation


Overall Winner - Community Service Volunteers

Community Service Volunteers

Recognised for its trailblazing Volunteers in Child Protection programme


Overall Winner - Leap Confronting Conflict

Leap Confronting Conflict

Supporting young mentors and mediators


CAF chief executive John Low CBE (back row, fourth left) with Excellent Development founder and director Simon Maddrell (with trophy), actress Prunella Scales (front middle), and members of Excellent Development’s team

Excellent Development

Transforming environmental sustainability in Kenya


Overall Winner - Storybook Dads

Storybook Dads

Enabling prisoners to stay in touch with their children


Hibiscus, Charity Awards Overall Winner 2006


Diverting women away from drug trafficking


Beatbullying, Charity Awards Overall Winner 2005


A child-centred response to bullying




Transformed NHS audiology services across the UK


Leonard Cheshire

Leonard Cheshire

Raised the profile of carers and caring careers


Revolving Doors Agency

Revolving Doors Agency

Deployed 'link workers'  to improve the lives of service users


Riders for Health

Riders for Health

Improving transport in Africa to boost access to healthcare


Alcohol Concern

Alcohol Concern

Pioneered impact measurement for its member agencies

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