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Northern Ireland celebrate the Cleaning Operative of the Year awards

On Friday 3rd September, the Cleaning Operative of the Year awards took place in Northern Ireland.

Colm McGrath said:

“We had the privilege of being the first event held in the Belfast City Hall Great Hall since COVID-19 locked it down. It was an extremely successful event with all of the attendees socially distanced and seated.  There was a lot of nervous energy in the Great Hall, which was looking fantastic with the iconic surroundings. The tables were set up immaculately and refreshments served to the table by Phil and his team from Café Nosh.”

The ceremony was opened by Rt Hon Councillor Kate Nicholl and hosted by Brenda Shannon of Diversey.

Special thanks to Mervyn Perry, FBICSc, who works tirelessly from one year to the next in making this event happen.

Thank you to all our sponsors:

  • Nigel McGowan Consumable Products
  • William Carey, Carey Floorcare (thanks William for the additional £50 which was divided into 2 x £25 draw for finalists in attendance)
  • Cathy Hetherington/Gail Lochart, BUNZL
  • Richard Cassells, FMSTORE
  • David Marshall, Kimberley Clark

New sponsors coming on board in 2022

  • Neil Gregg, RJN Chemicals
  • David Morrison, ESSITY

Huge thanks goes to:

Brenda at Diversey who was excellent in her role as Master of Ceremonies, sponsor and BICSc NI Nation committee member, also her team of Bryan Hamilton, Damien O Hara and Vic Pollock.

Thanks to Cate Proctor and Heather McMillen who ensured all of the registrations, track and trace were completed.

Thank to Chris from the Belfast City Hall who worked with myself and Mervyn getting the event over the line.

Thanks also goes to BICSc CEO, Stan Atkins, and Chairman, Lorraine Davis, for taking time out of their usual busy schedules to attend.

The Winners:

Overall Winner of BICSc NI Nation Awards:

  • Alastair McAlister, Edmund Rice College, Glengormley


Office category winner;

  • Marion Brown, Aramark


Retail category winner

  • Timothea McKillen, Robinson Services


Education Winner

  • Alastair McAlister, Edmund Rice College

Leisure & Hospitality

  • Ian Barnard, Aramark



  • Roisin Irvine, Mount Charles



  • Karen McKenzie, Mitie


Supervisor Recognition

  • Amy Peachey, Aramark

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We continue to support and share knowledge with over 45,000 of our Individual and Corporate Members, who form one of the largest and most diverse communities of cleaning professionals globally.

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  • Protecting the operative
  • Providing a clean and safe environment
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  • Promoting sustainability
  • Producing best practice
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