Olympic track and field legend Kriss Akabusi MBE is set to host the UK Asbestos Training Association’s (UKATA) inaugural Excellence Awards.

Once a star of track and field, Kriss’ engaging personality, inspirational speaking style, and remarkable backstory has made him one the UK’s best-known sports personalities and TV presenters. At the black tie ceremony, which takes place on Friday 6 July at the Radisson Blu at East Midlands Airport, Kriss will present awards to six finalists.

UKATA General manager, Craig Evans, explained: “We are delighted to have Kriss Akabusi on board with our first ever UKATA Excellence Awards. His dedication, commitment and achievement throughout his career mirrors UKATA’s growth since it was set up in 2008.

Celebrating the Association’s 10th anniversary, the awards will recognise the member companies and individuals who have made an impact on UKATA and the wider asbestos industry.

Entries to the free-to-enter UKATA Excellence awards are open until Thursday 31 May. UKATA members can propose people and organisations in six categories – Advertising Campaign; Corporate Social Responsibility; Customer Service; Workforce Development; Training Initiative; and Innovation.

Craig urged: “You’ve got to be in it to win it so, I would urge all our members to enter and nominate. You are all doing wonderful work and deserve to be recognised; our Excellence Awards are the platform to do this.”

UKATA members can nominate and enter up to three categories in the Excellence Awards. To enter the awards, please click here

The glittering award ceremony follows UKATA’s Annual General Meeting and Asbestos Conference which will see a number of high profile guest speakers address more than 100 delegates.

Craig added: “The dinner dance and awards are a great opportunity to both share our success and recognise that of others in the industry. Together, we are ensuring more people are aware of, and combating the risks, of asbestos.

“I look forward to seeing everyone at the awards and drinking a toast to everything we have achieved in the industry together.”

Recognised as the key event for members and industry watchers alike, UKATA prides itself on delivering an AGM and Asbestos Conference focused on asbestos awareness. members interested in attending should register here

UKATA is the leading authority for asbestos training provision in the United Kingdom. Tasked by the HSE in 2008 to manage the licensed asbestos training providers, UKATA has gone from strength to strength and now has more than 180 member organisations from all corners of the UK.

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