I am absolutely thrilled to announce the winners of this year’s Social CEOs awards. Here’s all the key trends about the winners in my piece for The Guardian Voluntary Sector Network this morning.

Do take a look at our infographic of all this years’ winners, including the Top 30, Overall Winner, Best Trustee on Social Media, Best Senior Leader on Social Media, Best Rising Star on Social Media, and of course our two new categories Best Digital CEO and Best Digital Leader. Massive congrats to all of our winners!

As it’s our 5th year we’ve been crunching the numbers and found:

  • 14 of the top 30 are new entrants who have not won awards before, up from 13 last year
  • This was a breakthrough year for women. For the first time women outnumbered men in the top 30. 19 of the top 30 are women, compared to 15 last year. In addition, 3 out of the 5 individual awards were won by women.
  • Only 2 charity CEOs in this year’s top 30 have won every year (down from 4 last year) indicating how it is becoming tougher to retain a place in the list each year

And a huge thank you to…

We’re delighted that the 2017 Social CEOs awards are in association with JustGiving, our lead sponsor.

Founded in 2001, JustGiving is the world’s most trusted online giving platform, with over 26,000 good causes raising more than £3.5 billion to date. Whether you’re looking for a simple way for people to donate and fundraise online or want to launch a crowdfunding campaign for an online appeal, we’re 100% committed to giving charities like yours more ways to raise more money, so you can change more lives. Discover how your charity can grow on JustGiving at www.justgiving.com/charities

We’re also delighted that Lightful are sponsoring our awards.

Lightful is a technology company for social good, born out of a determination to bring innovation to our sector, which we believe deserves it the most. Technology can help to build more meaningful, impactful and delightful relationships and we have designed a social media and campaign management platform specifically with and for beyond-profits https://www.lightful.com/

TPP Recruitment are also sponsoring the awards again.

TPP Recruitment is a specialist consultancy dedicated to supporting not for profit organisations, including charities, professional membership bodies and cultural institutions, as well as education, health and social care providers.

TPP consultants use their experience, specialist knowledge of markets and company principles to provide an exceptional service to both employers and jobseekers. They cover temporary, contract and permanent recruitment at all levels including CEO and Board search.

We are also delighted that Grant Thornton UK will be returning as a sponsor.

Grant Thornton’s charity and not for profit team provide bespoke audit, tax and advisory services to over 1000 organisations around the UK. Ranked third by income audited, our accredited specialists work from seven regional locations to ensure our clients are serviced by knowledgeable staff who are kept abreast on all charity sector and technical issues as they arise. Our involvement in the sector is vast including an annual seminar programme NFP Connect, NFP Interchange, our Non-Executive Forum for Not for Profit organisations, membership of the SORP Committee, authors of thought leadership including a leading publication looking at governance in the top 100 charities as well as regular speaking and attendance at all key sector conferences.

We’re grateful to JustGivingLightful, TPP and Grant Thornton for their support.

The Guardian Voluntary Sector Network is our media partner for the awards. It’s a space dedicated to those working in or with the voluntary sector. Join for free to benefit from exclusive insight and thought leadership, news and connections that will enhance your career. Register now.

We’re also very grateful to our amazing judges (check out the fantastic people we had on the panel below).

See you next year for #SocialCEOs 2018!