The inaugural Corporate Receptionist of the Year award has named its first winner out of 10 finalists from major law firms, professional services companies, banks, media and high-profile landmark city buildings.
Kitija Lace, who works at Bank of America Merrill Lynch on behalf of Rapport Guest Services, won the top prize after a two-stage selection process, watched over by a judging panel of 15 industry leaders. Tasks included a role-play scenario, telephone assessment and formal face-to-face interviews.
Lace said: “This is amazing and a great honour, but I couldn’t have done it without the support of my whole team.” Her manager Priscilla Richardson added “Kitija views the reception as a stage, and is always excited to excel on it – she thoroughly deserved this award.”
Her prize includes an all-expenses paid opportunity to cross-train at three corporate sites in New York, a two-day leadership programme and dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant.
Dorota Wisniowska, who works at Channel 4 on behalf of Portico, was recognised as highly commended for her passion, energy and sense of humour. She said: “This is a big achievement for me and I didn’t expect to be in the top 10 corporate receptionists in the UK, never mind being highly commended.”
Managing director for Rapport and host of the awards Greg Mace, said: “We were overwhelmed with the volume and high standard of applications for the inaugural Corporate Receptionist Year of the Award. The event was a great opportunity to celebrate the fantastic receptionists working in the corporate front of house sector and showcase the exciting and rewarding career opportunities available. I am so pleased to see corporate receptionists getting the recognition they deserve.”