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Date published: 13th December 2017

North Norfolk District Council has held a ceremony to recognise and reward staff for going the extra mile at its headquarters in Cromer.

The inaugural Staff Achievement Awards, designed to reward outstanding achievements from the Council’s staff in all types of roles, celebrated the ‘Employee of the Year’, ‘Change and Innovator’, ‘Team of the Year’, ‘Volunteer of the Year’ and ‘Outstanding Achiever of the Year’. Each winner embodied the Council’s Core Values which include respect, honesty, bringing best value to the district and embracing change.

The Council won the Investors in People Gold Standard in December 2015 for its commitment to leading and inspiring its 300-strong workforce and empowering and involving staff in decision making and change.

Cllr. Richard Shepherd, Chairman of NNDC, presented the awards to the winners and said: “I am continually impressed with the level of commitment and dedication staff give in the performance of their roles and to the communities we serve.

“At North Norfolk District Council, we firmly believe in taking the time to recognise those who make a difference and I am therefore delighted to congratulate every member of staff who was nominated or won an award for going the extra mile. It was a huge honour to present the awards to the worthy recipients.”

Kevin Peacock, Planning Enforcement Officer, won the title of Employee of the Year.  Kevin, who was shortlisted alongside 19 colleagues from different service areas, was awarded for being proactive and diligent for the way in which he approaches his work with enthusiasm which is infectious and great for team morale. On receiving his award, Kevin said: “I am extremely proud to win the Council’s very first Employee of the Year award, however behind every individual is a team and without their support this achievement would not have been possible.”

John O'Halloran, Systems Administration Officer won the 'Change and Innovation' award for the way in which he has improved working practices and for using his initiative to create changes in his team's way of working for the better.

Customer Services (pictured) took the title of Team of the Year for, among plenty of other factors, embracing the core values of the District Council and for being open to learning and embedding new skills.  Nick Baker, Corporate Director and Head of Paid Service, recognised how the team is “integral to the organisation as the first point of contact” and how they have often been a “springboard for new starters to move successfully into other areas of the organisation”.

Nicola Wray joined NNDC as an apprentice and has now secured a full time post as a Benefits Officer.  She won Outstanding Achiever of the Year for the work she has done, not only in her own role but in support of others.  Nicola has attended Open Days at the local Job Centre to talk to jobseekers about the benefits of becoming an apprentice, along with supporting HR to promote apprenticeships across other organisations.  She has also worked hard to gain a qualification since joining the Council.

Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Russell Tanner, Assets and Property Programme Manager for his tireless work in the communities of the District.  In particular, Russell is the Chair of the Sea Palling with Waxham Community Trust charity cooks for fund raising events in the village hall.  He was recognised for his involvement in all manner of village activities to benefit the local community.

Each award winner received a framed certificate to rapturous applause from colleagues who filled the Council Chamber to enjoy the first ceremony of its kind to be held for District Council staff.

Last updated: 14th December 2017