Sparky Scoops Tradesperson of the Year Award at 2023 On The Tools Awards

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  Posted by: electime      17th November 2023

  • Mike Humphries, of Green Hawk Construction, won both Electrician of the Year (sponsored by Checkatrade) and Tradesperson of the Year (sponsored by Jewson) at the 2023 On The Tools Awards
  • The On The Tools Awards is an annual event designed to celebrate those in the trade who go above and beyond to shape the future of the industry. This year’s event was headlined by sponsor Jewson.
  • Mike overcame a major health scare, still perfecting his trade
  • The judges praised his podcast, breaking down mental health stigma in the construction industry.

In a phenomenal ceremony on Thursday 9th of November 2023 at Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham, On The Tools celebrated the best of the best in UK construction at the On The Tools Awards with headline sponsor Jewson, awarding trophies and prizes to participants in nineteen categories.

Nuneaton-based Mike Humphries, an electrician at Green Hawk Construction, walked away with the top spot in two categories: Electrician of the Year, sponsored by Checkatrade and Tradesperson of the Year sponsored by Jewson.

Entries were scored by a panel of judges on 3 criteria: expertise in their craft, contribution to the trade, and passion for their work. The judging panel was comprised of a number of industry experts, including previous winners Naima Ben-Moussa (Special Recognition 2022, Plasterer of the Year 2022), and Ricky Howell (Electrician of the Year 2022, Tradesperson of the year 2022).

A highlight of Mike’s entry was a description of his “proudest moment to date”, where he supported a couple in their late eighties who “unfortunately fell victim to a rogue electrician”. Mike said he wanted to help as much as he could; he completely rewired the house, being mindful of the couple’s health complications as the job progressed – even removing an entire wall free of charge. He reassured the couple, who were initially feeling defeated and embarrassed. Eventually, Mike repaid more than double the amount of money the couple had been conned out of.

Lee Wilcox, CEO and co-founder of On The Tools said: “A well-deserved win in both categories! Mike is a tradesperson who uses his voice to amplify issues that are impacting the trades: a fantastic role model for our industry.”

Mike Humphries, winner of both Electrician of the Year and Tradesperson of the Year, expressed his joy at the win: “A massive thank you to those who voted for me to be Electrician and Tradesperson of the Year. I was genuinely blown away by it and I am extremely proud to represent this industry.

For me personally, it’s definitely a career high point and I would like to take this opportunity as far as I can to prove to people who are struggling with mental health that it is possible to be successful and recognised by your peers for doing good things.”

The annual On The Tools Awards are an established beacon of excellence within the UK construction community. They celebrate the tradespeople and businesses who go above and beyond to shape the future of the industry. The awards cover various categories, highlighting different trade specialties, and ensuring that all have the opportunity to be acknowledged for their outstanding achievements.

On the night, Lee Wilcox, CEO and co-founder of On The Tools said: “On The Tools is connecting construction to improve the lives of UK tradespeople. Entertaining, informing and empowering tradespeople is at the heart of everything we do.

We recognise that tradespeople deserve to be uplifted and celebrated; they’re the ones keeping this nation going. So, after a hugely successful awards programme in 2022, I am thrilled to bring the awards back for 2023, with thanks to the support of our generous sponsors.

I hope that tonight’s celebration serves as a testament to the unbeatable spirit of our tradespeople. Let their stories inspire the next generation to follow in their footsteps.”

A full list of winners can be found here:

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