Halliday, who is HR and training director at the contract caterer, was recognised for eight years of generous support to the industry charity. She has given up much of her free time and was instrumental in securing vital funding to secure Springboard's future.
Other winners on the night included which picked up the Best Employer Award for Hospitality and Leisure; Holiday Inn in Kensington, London which scooped the Diversity in Employment Award; and Compass Group, which won both the Best Regional Initiative and the Retention Awards.
Anne Pierce, Springboard chief executive, said: "At a time when business is beginning to get really tough, we believe that recognising achievement is critical to motivation and morale.
"Without doubt, the enthusiasm, excitement and commitment demonstrated by our award winners set a wonderful example for others in the industry to follow."
The awards were held at the Guoman Tower hotel in London.Full list of winners:Springboard Ambassador Of The Year, sponsored by Hit Training Katie O'Sullivan, Sapporo Teppanyaki Ltd & Il Forno Ltd Best Regional Initiative, sponsored by Cadbury Compass Group UK and Ireland - Fraserburgh Academy Web Award, sponsored by DRP Group Online Travel Training Education Award - Large, sponsored by Institute of Hospitality Cala Coral Group Education Innovation Award - Small, sponsored by City & Guilds Chefs Adopt a School Young People Award, sponsored by American Express Chefs School & Reception School at Folio Hotels Best Student Placement Award, sponsored by Inspire Starwood Hotels Best Initiative to Attract People into Management Award, sponsored by Edexcel Firmdale Hotels Diversity in Employment Award, sponsored by Jobcentre Plus InterContinental Hotels Group Holiday Inn Kensington Best Initiative to Attract Chefs Award, sponsored by Handpicked IHG c/o Holiday Inn Coventry Best Employer Award Hospitality & Leisure, sponsored by Investors in People UK Hyatt Regency London - The Churchill Best Employer Travel & Tourism Award, sponsored by ABTA The Co-operative Travel Career Progression Award, sponsored by VT Plus Training West Cluster, Marriott Team Retention Award, sponsored by BSG Compass Group Best Recruitment Hospitality & Leisure, sponsored by caterer.com Paul UK Corporate Citizen Award, sponsored by BII Sodexo The Chris Beaumont Award, sponsored by 3663 Linda Halliday, BaxterStorey Springboard Awards for Excellence winners unveiled >>](http://www.caterersearch.com/Articles/2008/01/18/318408/springboard-awards-for-excellence-winners-unveiled.html) [Springboard showcases the best in hospitality >>](http://www.caterersearch.com/Articles/2006/11/30/310315/springboard-showcases-the-best-in-hospitality.html) [Todiwala scoops Special award >>](http://www.caterersearch.com/Articles/2005/11/24/303670/todiwala-scoops-special-award.html) *By Daniel Thomas* E-mail your comments to [Daniel Thomas](mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org?subject=BaxterStorey's) here. Â