Judges of the Glass Focus Awards awarded Beata Zalinska, technical team manager for Saint-Gobain Glass, the Rising Star Award this year. The award recognises Beata’s commitment to developing skills, and was presented on 16 November 2023.
Alongside her day job, Beata has achieved a Level 5 apprenticeship in coaching and mentoring. She is also a mental health first aider.
“Beata is now actively involved in coaching and mentoring people within our glass business and across the wider Saint-Gobain UK organisation,” explained Mike Butterick, marketing director for Saint-Gobain Glass. “A current piece of work she is working on is with a group of 12 shift managers, to help them grow in their roles and equip them with the necessary coaching skills to really engage with their teams on a deeper level, to get the best out of them and to deliver more for themselves, for the business and for our customers.
“Many people believe that a rising star award should recognise people who are new to their role or the business. But Beata, who has been with Saint-Gobain for 10 years, is a fantastic example of someone who rises to and embraces every challenge and opportunity, and very clearly wants to support her colleagues and the wider business. She is a very worthy winner of this award.”
Dave Dalton, CEO of British Glass, the organisation behind the Glass Focus Awards, added: “It was a pleasure to gather with representatives from the industry in Manchester to celebrate the incredible achievements from across the glass supply chain. As we face challenges both within the UK and beyond, it is all the more vital that we come together to acknowledge and celebrate the immense strides we have made over the past year.”