NOA Awards Ceremony 2010
by Paul Corrall
Monday, October 25, 2010
NOA Awards 10
So it was with feelings of excitement and anticipation that I jumped into a black taxi heading to the 7th NOA Awards with my suit under one arm and a list of nominees in the other. Just before I left the office, I was grateful to a colleague who had reminded me to take my suit. I guess jeans and a jumper are one way to make an impression at a black tie event.
Sourcing Focus had sponsored the award for Telecommunications, Utilities and High-Tech Outsourcing Project of the Year and I, as editor, was down to announce the winner.
I was nervous, very nervous. It is one thing introducing yourself to an industry and another to trip on stage smashing your award on the stand.
The guests all mingled before the ceremony, overlooking spectacular views of the London Eye, Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. Comedian Jack Whitehall opened the ceremony and invited Martyn Hart, Chairman of the NOA, to the stage to introduce the awards.
Jack Whitehall was very very funny. After some jokes about living with his parents, he even managed to fit in some outsourcing gags which must have taken some research.
My category was announced and as I took to the stage, all feelings of ‘get me out of here’ disappeared and I very happily announced Infosys as the winners, who came forward to collect their award.
Party band Madhen kept the dance floor busy until the early hours and overall the evening was a fantastic experience due to a great venue, great food and great company. I managed to speak to some of the biggest names in the business and officially introduced myself to the outsourcing industry.
Looking forward to the NOA Awards 2011 already.