Sally Empson receiving Institute of Tourist Guiding achievement award. Dec 2012.

Sally Empson, James Berresford CEO Visit England, Isabel Moore President of
Institute of Tourist Guiding.

The Institute of Tourist Guiding
10th Anniversary Award

Sally Empson of TPG has been awarded the Institute of Tourist Guiding 10th anniversary award. The citation was as follows:

"As announced earlier this year, to celebrate our 10th anniversary, the Institute presented an achievement award to the Institute member who has made the greatest contribution to tourist guiding. Nominations were invited from regional and local associations, individuals and other groups, giving the name and area of qualification of the Institute member. A number were received and the winner was Sally Empson, who received her award at the AGM from James Berresford, with the following citation:

Sally has taken an active role in the guiding world since she qualified in 1991. In the field of guide training, she has made an immense contribution: running the London BB course for 5 years with tremendous efficiency, setting up the 2012 Venues course that ran for 6 years and resulted in 400+ guides having up-to-the-minute information about the Olympics (and which incidentally also led to an enormous amount for work for guides). She has been involved in guide training at Level 3 in Newcastle and run Level 2 courses at the Olympic Park and in the Palace of Westminster for in-house Parliament guides, forging excellent relations with that institution. She has taught presentation skills to in-house guides at stately homes such as Blenheim Palace, and venues such as Ascot race course and The Weald and Downland Museum. And the list goes on.

At the Institute itself, Sally has been a member of the Accreditation Committee for more than 10 years, helping and contributing to the development of policy and procedures that underlie much of what the Institute does.

Her skills as a guide are superb - amusing, relevant, vastly knowledgeable but not in an overpowering way. She promotes the highest standards and has increased employment opportunities for us all. She has commendable professional standards and her commitment to the Institute over the last ten years has been constant. She is a worthy winner of this achievement award."


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