Nominations sought for ABI 2021 Awards

| Author: David Crawford [Member (F/1189)] | Filed under: Awards
Nominations sought for ABI 2021 Awards

A.B.I. Awards 2021

All Award nominations to be received by the Awards Chairman no later than 14th March 2021 by email Awards@theABI.org.uk

Nominations for these Awards are open to Full, Life and Overseas Members and any such member can be nominated.

The nomination should contain an explanation of why the nominee is worthy of the Award.

Neither the Awards Chairman nor any member of the Awards Panel may nominate.

If a member of the Awards Panel is nominated in a category a substitute member will be co-opted to vote in his stead. However, the Awards Chairman cannot be nominated.

Please try to limit your nomination summaries to no more than 2 pages of A4 and Calibri 11 or similar font.

The categories are as follows:

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This prestigious Award was donated by the late Zena Scott-Archer and is presented to an A.B.I. member who has demonstrated outstanding professional investigative skills in carrying out a commendable investigation.

Please note a member may now nominate him or herself for this Award as long as the relevant criteria are satisfied, as follows:

A nomination for the Investigator of the Year should include details of the investigation and be supported by investigation specific material such as:

1. Testimonial(s) from a client.

2. Testimonial(s) from a third-party investigator(s) who have been involved in the nominated investigation.

3. Independent sources such as newspaper articles, Court records, police officers or other verifiable independent sources.

Nominations will not be accepted unless supported by at least one of the above and can be supported by all 3 categories, if available.

During the selection process the Awards panel will confirm that the investigation has sufficient gravitas to be considered worthy of this prestigious Award.

It's appreciated that in some cases the nomination may need to be sanitised.

A client wouldn't be contacted during the verification process without the nominee’s permission.


This Award is dedicated to the memory of the late Frank Martin, who played a principal role in creating the ABI Benevolent Fund and left a lasting legacy through his dedication and generosity. This Award is presented to a member who is considered to have served the Association above and beyond the call of duty.

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This Award was originally presented to the A.B.I. in friendship by W.A.D. at our Centenary celebrations in April 2013 and is named after Richard Jacques-Turner to honour his commitment, over many years, to both the A.B.I. and to W.A.D. A replica trophy is presented to a deserving member, who has achieved a notable accolade within the Investigation, Security or Educational sectors.

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This Award is named after Peter Heims, a past President of the Association, a recipient of the Frank Martin Award and who regularly acted as Master of Ceremony during A.B.I. banquets. The membership is invited to nominate suitable candidates who have supported the Association with distinction over many years.

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In each category the Awards Chairman will vet and make the nominations anonymous with relevant names and locations redacted. The nominations will then be forwarded to a panel of 4 full members who are all experienced investigators and independent of each other.

The nominations in each category will scrutinise by the Awards panel and they will advise the Chairman of their preferred entry. If this process results in a tied vote the Chairman will then make the casting decision.

The Award Panel members will remain anonymous throughout the process.

The 3 nominations with the most votes will be read out, in summarised format, at the AGM and the winning entry will be announced during the Banquet.

Please forward all nominations and any supporting documentation to Awards@theABI.org.uk  

Please note, all Award nominations are to be received by the Awards Chairman no later than Sunday 14th March 2021.

All Awards will be presented at the associations A.G.M. on Saturday 24 April 2021 at De Vere Tortworth Court Hotel, Wotton Under Edge GL12 8HH. In the event that we are still under Covid restrictions the Awards will be presented virtually during the associations A.G.M.

Details of the winning entries will be published to the A.B.I. website shortly after the presentations.

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