Presented annually at the Technical Communication UK Conference: Who is Horace Hockley?
The Horace Hockley Award was first presented in 1993. The ISTC has always recognised the contribution that Horace Hockley made to the ISTC, as founder of the first professional institute for Technical Publications industry as a whole. When the ISTC conference became established, it was agreed by Council that here was an opportunity to make an award in his name using ideals that Horace Hockley would have endorsed.
The award is presented to someone who, in the opinion of the ISTC Council, has made a considerable contribution to the Technical Communications industry over a long period of time. The award is in recognition for promoting the industry across other industries and boundaries, and for promoting quality in the industry, whether it be in training or within the workplace.The award is presented annually and an election is held by the ISTC Council before presentation, to agree the award from nominations which can be made by anyone in the Institute over the year.
The Technical Publications industry is growing in stature throughout the world and our contacts are growing across continents as international trade grows and technical complexity increases. While rarely considered as primary to any product or service, the reality is that in many cases the communication either is the product, or is the mover that makes the product usable. In continuing the legacy of Horace Hockley, the ISTC hopes to recognise the work that is done by individuals to ensure that the technical publications industry continues to move forward and is recognised, so that it provides prosperity for us all.
Horace Hockley Award 2020
The Horace Hockley Award is presented to a person or organisation that has made a considerable contribution to the technical communications industry over a sustained period of time. This year our recipient is particularly relevant to these times.
ISTC Council presented the Award to the Government Digital Services Team in recognition of their work in maintaining the gov.uk website during the COVID-19 pandemic. The award was accepted by Markland Sharkie, Head of Content for gov.uk and Ben Hazell, Content Lead for the GOV.UK Coronavirus content team.
Below are the past winners of the Horace Hockley award with, where available, Communicator articles about the winner.
- 2019 Rahel Anne Bailie – Communicator 2019
- 2018 Toni Byrd-Ressaire – Communicator 2018
- 2017 Karen Schriver – Communicator 2017
- 2016 Peter Anghelides – Communicator 2016
- 2015 Hans van der Meij – Communicator 2015
- 2014 Rob Waller – Communicator 2014
- 2013 JoAnn T. Hackos – Communicator 2013
- 2012 John Haynes – Communicator 2012
- 2011 Tony Self – Communicator 2011
- 2010 Ian Kemble – Communicator 2010
- 2009 Patrick Hofmann – Communicator 2009
- 2008 Matthew Ellison – Communicator 2008
- 2007 Michael Fritz – Communicator 2007
- 2006 Adam Hart-Davis – Communicator 2006
- 2005 Noel Williams – Communicator 2005
- 2004 Richard Hodgkinson – Communicator 2004
- 2003 Ron Blicq
- 2002 John Crossley
- 2001 Gerry Gentle
- 2000 Gordon Farrington
- 1999 Jeffrey L Hibbard
- 1998 Ulf-L Andersson
- 1997 Don Hinson
- 1996 Thomas L Warren
- 1995 Peter Greenfield
- 1994 John Kirkman
- 1993 Phillip Hutton-Wilson