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Yvonne Lewis announced as winner of the Jeremy Allen Award 2022 Published Date: 18/11/2022

The Institute of Licensing and Poppleston Allen Solicitors were delighted to announce Yvonne Lewis as winner of the 2022 Jeremy Allen Award for excellence in licensing. 

Yvonne was nominated by 6 individual nominations, with a further 13 supporting submissions.    

Nick Arron, Partner and Head of Gambling at Poppleston Allen Solicitors, said:

“I am absolutely delighted that Yvonne has won this year’s Award.

“Not only has Yvonne dedicated almost 30 years of her life working directly in licensing, but she is also involved in several important initiatives that help continuously develop this vital part of our economy and to enhance the links between all parties involved in licensing. For instance, on top of her licensing day job, Yvonne sits on the Wales Licensing Expert Panel, is IoL regional Chair of Wales and was part of the Wales Hospitality Group; which led the industry and regulators through the Covid pandemic. This role cannot but underestimated as Yvonne was involved in shaping the legislation and guidance in Wales, satisfying the ever-changing public health situation and feeding back the concerns of licensing colleagues.

“But in addition to her unquestionable commitment to licensing, and something that really stood out in the nominations received, was the number of times people remarked on Yvonne’s personality. Time and time again words such as approachable, dedicated, helpful, likeable and always available were used.

“In a nutshell, Yvonne epitomises everything that the Jeremy Allen Award for Excellence in Licensing seeks to recognise.”

Institute of Licensing Chairman, Daniel Davies, said:

"It is an absolute pleasure to confirm Yvonne Lewis as winner of the Jeremy Allen award this year.  This is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate Yvonne’s dedication to licensing, her enduring support for fellow licensing practitioners and her commitment to the Institute of Licensing and the Wales Region in particular.”

Yvonne said:

"I am truly humbled and honoured to win the Jeremy Allen Award. To be nominated by so many
friends and colleagues is so heart warming and I am bursting with pride that I am part of such an
amazing inspirational organisation which I truly love."

Nominees and Finalists 2022

The Jeremy Allen Award was established in 2011 as an ongoing tribute to Jeremy Allen and is   awarded jointly by the Institute of Licensing and Poppleston Allen Solicitors.  The annual award is open to anyone working in licensing and related fields and seeks to recognise exceptional practitioners.  

Crucially, this award is by 3rd party nomination, which in itself is a tribute to everyone nominated in that they have been put forward by colleagues in recognition and out of respect of their professionalism and achievements.

The other nominees and finalists for the Jeremy Allen Award 2022 were:

  • Clive Stephenson, Sheffield City Council (posthumous)
  • Gareth Hughes, Keystone Law
  • Mark Worthington, Worthington Licensing Solutions
  • Nicola Rowlands, Newark & Sherwood District Council
  • Richard Brown, Westminster CAB
  • Sandra Bradbury, High Peak Borough Council
  • Yvonne Lewis, Swansea City Council