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Kirsty Gray, Regional Manager at Bright Horizons, has been recognised for her outstanding contribution to the nurseries in her area.
Kirsty, who was promoted from Nursery Manager to Regional Manager in 2011, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Nursery Operations/Regional Director Award. The NMT Awards are without doubt the sector’s premier annual event, promoting excellence for all staff working in nurseries.
Kirsty was nominated for this award after a year where she challenged herself “to inspire and motivate leaders to reach their full potential in order to achieve the best results.” Kirsty started by sharing her vision with her team of eight managers and inviting them to come away with her for two days, in order to work on their own visions for the year and how they would get there. The event offered each manager the chance to reflect, share ideas and plan for the year ahead and the benefits have been seen by all in the company.
During the last year Kirsty has also undertaken an Action Learning Facilitator accredited course, during which she reflected on how she could develop the Deputy Managers within her region. As a result she has led her team of deputies to work together to identify the areas they wanted to work on; their confidence, skills and capabilities very quickly grew, resulting in two Deputy Managers successfully moving onto Manager Roles
Lydia Green, Senior Operations Director at Bright Horizons, said, “Kirsty has an incredibly calm and caring nature and a unique way of bringing her people along with her to deliver excellent care and education, putting every child and staff member at the heart of everything she does.”
Paul Spinks, Nursery Manager at Pimlico Nursery,with in Kirsty’s regional team, said, “She is a motivational, supportive and inspirational leader. She understands her people, their needs and the needs of the nurseries in her region to tailor the level of support and guidance to each individual person and nursery needs. Personally, Kirsty has helped me rediscover my own confidence and belief in my abilities and has used the exceptional skills mentioned above to support me in my own leadership journey.”