Recipient of Award : Nicci Ashby - F1742
Nicci ASHBY became a member of the ABI in September 2013 having been fast tracked on the recommendation of two Full members of long standing. However, others were quick to give their support to this very popular principal of the established Ash (UK) agency.
Nicci started her agency in 2008 and by the time she applied for ABI membership 5 years later, she was already a qualified para legal and an authority on the art of process serving and of course the administrative support, such as the correct presentation of evidence of service so necessary to be a reliable and trusted operative in that area of litigation support work.
Soon after gaining ABI membership, she gave a very informative presentation at the ABI Seminar at the Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon, Warwickshire. It was clear that Nicci was acknowledged as one of the leading experts in the field of process serving. Her knowledge and indeed influence on the subject among almost 200 of her peers was very evident in the professional manner in which she presented the subject.
The ABI Articles provide that to be nominated to the Governing Council one has had to have been a Full member for no less than 3-years. And it was almost to the day that Nicci was elevated to take her place on the Council in September 2016 under the presidency of Mark HODGSON. Her appointment was to take on the Marketing post, an area in which the ABI had until then been wanting.
Nicci soon made her mark and her innovative ideas began to be implemented complimenting the then newly launched ABI website.
Nicci brought a refreshing catalogue of ideas and fitted easily with the GC team but it was in her dedicated work in bringing to the ABI the revised edition of the Process Server’s Guide published in 2017 that I nominate Nicci for the Frank Martin Award for services to the ABI.
The Process Server’s Guide was first written in the early 1970’s by the then president of the ABI Alan DRAKE. It was then as it is now the industry authority on this litigation support work. The ABI purchased the rights to the book from Alan’s widow Marjorie some years after he passed away so that the then ABI administrator and former President George RIVERS could work on its 2010 and later 2013 editions.
Several significant changes to Court procedures followed and the Guide became desperately in need of an update. Nicci willingly accepted the task and not only produced an updated edition in superfast time but also gave the book a long overdue face-lift and an element of digitalization by making the templates available to subscribers as downloads from the ABI website.
This was not the only achievement that Nicci can be accredited to during her time on the GC and to this day. She also played a leading role in resolving an issue with the Financial Conduct Authority over the effects or not of the Consumer Credit legislation when serving debt related process. An issue that had the whole sector perplexed.
Nicci did all this like everyone else who serves on the Governing Council, as a volunteer and freely donating her time, skill and effort for the common good of the ABI and its members.
It has been long overdue that Nicci’s work receives the worthy recognition of this Award and I do so recommend her for the Award.