Lifetime Achievement Award, July 2013

Julie Peasgood (TV Presenter and Actress), Jon Webb and Liv Stevens (Sales and Marketing Director, Mary Gober International)

Jonathan Webb of Webb Development was the winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Customer Service Training Awards held at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Heathrow Hotel in July, 2013.

Jonathan was nominated by two longstanding clients, Colin Lee-Davie, General Manager, Victoria House, Bloomsbury, and Peter Merrett, now National Head of Customer Service, Property and Asset Management, Jones Lang LaSalle, Australia. Colin and Peter met Jon in the 1990s when he helped to establish service standards in one of the most successful country house hotels in the UK, part of the Elite Hotels group. They said “It was clear from the start that Jon’s input into the training and development of the management and staff team was fundamental to the hotels’ 4 Red Star and Michelin Star status. Jon’s calm, friendly and inclusive approach ensured he got the best out of each individual.”

In the past 14 years Jonathan has helped pioneer an industry leading “office-hotel” concept within the commercial office environment at Tower 42, London. Tower 42 went on to win the BOMA International Office Building of The Year Award in 2008, setting a new world-class benchmark in customer service and the first property in Europe to win this prestigious award. Peter Merrett said “It is a difficult, if not impossible task to try and fully quantify the impact he has made personally to the UK Facilities Management and Hotel sector, but one thing is for sure, they are definitely in much better shape from his involvement and leadership.”

Colin said “Jon is at the forefront of a mini revolution in the world of multi occupied commercial properties, where landlords and managing agents are recognising the value of first class occupier services and a one team approach. He continues to influence iconic workspaces with major property management businesses.”

Jonathan commented “I was attending the Award ceremony with a client and this came as a complete surprise. It is humbling to receive this Award and gratifying to know that I am having a positive influence on people’s progression and how they in turn serve others.”

Other citations from these clients include –

“Passion, integrity and literally bucket loads of enthusiasm compliment his uncomplicated philosophy of excellent people development and customer service expertise.”

“His fabulous style of leadership has provided great inspiration to many. He has a way of making people feel good about themselves and aspires everyone to be the best.”

“His insight into the communication and process challenges we all face is uncanny, and his ability to coach his candidates is un-matched.”