Tom wins 2014 title
From a field of 148 delegates who took part in the individual courses of the 2014 Young UK and Ireland Programme, Tom Blackwell of NHS England has won the prestigious award of UK and Ireland Young Thinker of the Year.
When he took part in the programme in Lancaster last June, Tom worked in the public voice division of NHS England, promoting citizen participation and engagement in all aspects of the business. 'My greatest passion', he says, 'is photography because it opens your eyes to aesthetics and shows you beauty in the minutiae of everyday life. The diversity of the art form has such a range of traditions and styles that make it immensely rewarding to explore various techniques of creating enchanting images'.
The adjudicators said of his award-winning paper: 'The evocative introduction drew us into the world of urban exploration. An elegant piece of writing, a joy to both read and hear. Here is one example of its lyrical style: "It gives you a sense of the brief and transient nature of each generation's time on this earth, and the fading marks of forgotten heritage they leave behind". Highly original, a paper of striking and unusual accomplishment'.