Elaine a worthy winner of the Gary Neville Award

An annual award which honours the legacy of a respected figure in the property industry has been awarded for the fifth time.

The Gary Neville Award was created in 2012 by Deeley Group and is awarded to the employee who has displayed the most commitment to their role over the past year.

Elaine Arlow, an accounts supervisor at the Coventry-based firm was announced as the 2016 recipient of the award and was presented the award by Gary’s wife, Julie.

Elaine said: “I was so surprised to win the award. It’s such a nice thing to know that your fellow colleagues voted for you, I was just completely and utterly shocked when they read out my name.

“The award is the centrepiece of my brand new mantelpiece and it was fantastic to see all those lovely comments from everyone.

“In the accounts office, Ian, Amanda and I sometimes feel like people think we are just pestering them so it’s nice to know that people recognise what you do.

“Gary was a lovely person, everyone loved and respected him and it’s nice to know that people were thinking of him at this time of year.”

The award is voted for by employees and is a fitting tribute to Gary who passed away in 2011 – having joined Deeley as an apprentice before progressing to become a contract manager.

Peter Deeley, managing director of Deeley Group, said: “Elaine has received wonderful praise from her colleagues for bringing a positive atmosphere to the office with her polite and cheerful attitude to work.

“Her co-workers have highlighted that Elaine will always go that extra mile for them and does not understand the word ‘no’ when faced with a difficult task.

“Gary was a well-known and popular member of the Deeley family, a fantastic member of the team, and I’m sure that he would have agreed that Elaine was fully deserving of this year’s award in his remembrance.”

PICTURE CAPTION: left to right – Amanda Deavy, Peter Deeley, Elaine Arlow, Julie Neville, Ian Clorley