The UK Material Handling Association (UKMHA), the organiser of the Archies 2022, is seeking industry experts to join the Awards jury. Those selected will help pick the winners in what will be the largest and most inclusive range of categories ever, covering areas including innovation, ergonomics, safety and environment.
Tim Waples, Chief Executive of UKMHA, explains: “Ours is the longest-running and most authoritative awards in the materials handling calendar, and having the right jurors is essential in maintaining its integrity. The scale and scope of the jury is extremely important, since it must represent every facet of the industry from forklift and attachment manufacturers to dealers, members of the handling press and those who own and actually operate the equipment.
“Only by drawing upon individuals with a wide and diverse range of specialisms can we ensure that the right products and people win the awards.”
The judging – which takes the form of a confidential ballot – is the final step in a process designed to ensure balance, fairness, probity, honesty and openness.
The first is the nominations process. Unlike some awards, entering the Archies is free of charge and open to all. “We don’t want anyone to be put off from entering because of cost,” emphasises Waples.
The second step involves the Awards Selection Committee which is charged with ensuring entries meet various criteria including originality, relevance and availability (products must have been launched into the UK market within the 18 months period preceding the close of nominations on 30th June).
The shortlist is then placed before the jury of highly experienced individuals, selected for their impartiality and practical knowledge.
“As a member of the jury you will be required to sign a strict confidentiality agreement and must remove yourself from all deliberations where there is any possibility of a conflict of interest,” says Waples. “It is a crucial role, and you will enjoy the satisfaction of knowing you have ensured that justice has been done and that you’ve made some talented individuals and organisations extremely happy.”
A truly international event, the Archies Awards attracts sponsors, winners and guests from around the globe to participate in a dazzling Oscar’s-style ceremony to be held at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole on Saturday 15th October 2022.
To apply to join the jury, please email Louise.Boston@ukmha.org.uk