27/7/15: Andrea named Cleaner of the Year
Andrea Courtney pictured with her BACHE Award
Andrea Courtney pictured with her BACHE Award

Andrea Courtney has been named Cleaner of the Year 2015 by the British Association of Cleaning in Higher Education.

It is the first time a member of Queen’s staff has won the award which is given to the Higher Educational Cleaning Operative who demonstrates that he/she has performed their role in an outstanding or exemplary manner.

Andrea joined Queen’s in 2000 and has cleaned various areas around the Main Site Campus, including the Vice-Chancellor’s Offices.

She was nominated for the award by Cleaning Manager, Keith Halliday, who said: “Andrea’s attitude to her work and her work environment is so refreshing. Her positive attitude is very infectious and her loyalty and commitment deserves recognition.  She is recognised by the other cleaning staff as a role model and her enthusiasm and happy nature motivate all around her.”

Andrea was praised for her commitment and attitude, particularly in relation to environmental issues where she has helped lead out on ‘Ban the Bin’ and was a team leader in a new food recycling (composting) initiative at the University.

Andrea said: “I feel very proud to have won this award and see it as a reflection of the work of all the cleaning staff at Queen’s.”

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