The Bernard Levin Award

The Bernard Levin Award is made for outstanding services to the Society of Indexers and was established in 2000 ‘to celebrate a journalist and author whose writings show untiring and eloquent support for indexers and indexing’.

On 9 September the award was presented to Janice Rayment by SI President Sam Leith. The citation reads as follows:

Finance Director for the Society since 2013 and a member of the Executive Board since 2012, she has also served at different times as Professional Development Director and acting Chair, and has been Vice-Chair of the Board since 2015

With a previous background in banking and finance, she has used her considerable business expertise to carry out a thorough review of the Society’s finances, never hesitating to question apparent anomalies, unnecessary expenditure and long-established practices

Her tenacious, hard-working and professional stewardship in this area has ensured that the Society’s finances continue to be maintained in a healthy and stable financial condition

Her thoroughness and eye for detail have been a great asset to all aspects of the Executive Board’s work over the last six years

As a member of the Training Course Committee she has been involved in SI training for several years, and is a conscientious adviser on the New Professionals forum

She has enthusiastically explored eBook indexing techniques, sharing her knowledge of embedded indexing in Word, InDesign and Index-Manager by leading workshops at conferences and tutoring the Society’s online workshop in embedded indexing

Energetic and committed, confident and capable, outgoing and likeable, she is a loyal and supportive colleague and is always willing to advise and help her fellow indexers whatever their problems


Year Recipient
2018 Janice Rayment
2017 Jan Worrall
2013 Ann Kingdom
2007 Jill Halliday
2005 John Halliday
2003 Doreen Blake
2002 Drusilla Calvert
2000 Barbara Britton