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FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE PUBLIC SERVANTS OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2002

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Thirty-three public servants have been chosen as finalists for this year's Public Servants of the Year Awards organ...
Thirty-three public servants have been chosen as finalists for this year's Public Servants of the Year Awards organised by Public Finance magazine, in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), the Cabinet Office and the Office of Government Commerce.

Recognising the very best achievements of our public servants, the shortlist comprises candidates from a range of professional backgrounds across the UK and includes: a social worker; a coastguard manager; a lorry driver; a prison manager and several staff commended for their work during the foot and mouth crisis in 2001.

From 362 nominees, the finalists have been selected by an independent judging panel chaired by Julia Neuberger, chief executive of the King's Fund. The judging panel comprises:

David Bell, chief executive, Bedfordshire CC (from 18 April 2002, takes up the office of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector, OFSTED)

Rennie Fritchie, commissioner, Office of the Commission for Public Appointments

Michael Lyons, chair, INLOGOV, Birmingham University

Mavis McDonald, permanent secretary, The Cabinet Office

Norman Perry, chief executive of the Housing Corporation

Michael Peters, chief education officer, Lambeth LBC

Gurbux Singh, chair, Commission for Racial Equality

Roger Singleton, chief executive, Barnardo's

Victor Smart, writer and journalist

John Stevens, commissioner, Metropolitan Police

The awards are arranged in two groupings: sector-specific and cross-sector. The seven sector-specific awards are central government, local government, health, education, housing, uniformed services and voluntary sector. The eight cross sector awards are for innovation, leadership, frontline worker, turn-round manager, social inclusion, managerial excellence, progress through partnership and outstanding contribution by a non-executive.

The final winners and the Outstanding Public Servant of the Year, will be announced at a ceremony taking place at the Hotel Inter-Continental, London on 13 May 2002.

Rabbi Neuberger said:

'Public servants make a huge contribution to our welfare, on the frontline, in offices, high profile roles or behind the scenes, yet their efforts are seldom recognised. The outstanding quality of the entries received this year confirms how people across our public services perform well beyond the call of ordinary duty. These awards celebrate this individual success and contribution highlighting the valuable and important work that is being done daily by public servants. Good luck to all those shortlisted.'

Home secretary David Blunkett said:

'Working in the public services is never easy. Resources are tight, pressure is high and criticism never far away. It is always a lot easier to highlight the problems rather than the achievements. But every now and again it is good to stand back and celebrate our success.

'These awards fulfil a valuable function in reminding us why we care so much about our public services. They show the difference that individuals can make in a range of roles - from frontline worker to chief executive. I am looking forward to speaking at the awards ceremony in May and meeting the finalists on the night.'

The finalists for each of the awards categories are:

CROSS SECTOR AWARDS

The Award for Innovation - sponsored by Zurich Municipal

Tom Manion, Chief Executive, Irwell Valley Housing Association (Housing)

Jan Nicholson, Senior Occupational Therapist, S Derbyshire Acute Hospital NHS Trust (Health)

Helen Smith, Management Accountant, Bedfordshire Police (Uniformed Services)

The Award for Leadership - sponsored by Aon

Danielle Cotton, Firefighter, London Fire Brigade (Uniformed Services)

Andrew Parsons, Headteacher, Plymstock School, (Education)

Anne Williams, Director of Community & Social Services, City of Salford (Local Government)

The Front line Worker Award - sponsored by Eagle Star

William Aitken, Customer Services Manager, Inland Revenue (Central Government)

Bill Marney, Social Worker, Lincolnshire Social Services (Local Government)

David Vincent, Lorry Driver, London Borough of Barking & Dagenham (Local Government)

The Turn-round Manager Award - sponsored by Courtenay

Peter Dalby, Head of Code Vessel Safety Branch, Maritime & Coastguard Agency (Central Government)

Annette Reeves, Headteacher, Clifton Primary School (Education)

Richard Vince, Head of CSC Unit, HM Prison Woodhill (Uniformed Services)

The Social Inclusion Award - sponsored by UNISON

Eleanor Kinnear, Co-ordinator, Integrated Neurological Services (Voluntary Sector)

Jenni Thomas, Chief Executive, The Child Bereavement Trust (Voluntary Sector)

Ragbir Virdee, Project Worker, Nottingham City Social Services (Local Government)

The Award for Managerial Excellence - sponsored by Reed Accountancy Personnel

William Houldsworth, Headteacher, St Andrew's C of E Primary School (Education)

Terry Owen, Volunteer Manager, Aintree Hospitals Volunteer Scheme (Health)

Sally Raymond, Staff Development Officer, Durham County Council (Local Government)

The Award for Progress through Partnership - sponsored by RSM Robson Rhodes

Michael Morgan, General Manager, Broadmoor Hospital (Health)

Noel Rice, Energy Conservation Manager, Northern Ireland Housing Executive (Housing)

Clare Wichbold, Regeneration Officer, Herefordshire Partnership (Local Government)

The Award for Outstanding Contribution by a Non-Executive - sponsored by Task (Software) Ltd

Cyril Baily, Chair of Governors, Ormskirk School (Education)

Ken Ennion, Chair of Governors, John Ruskin School (Education)

Brian Rigby, Chair of Governors, Ashton-on-Mersey School (Education)

SECTOR SPECIFIC AWARDS

Central Government - sponsored by IPF

William Aitken, Customer Services Manager, Inland Revenue (Front-line Worker)

Christine Corbett, FEPOW Team Manager, War Pensions Agency (Front-line Worker)

H Mervyn Edwards, ESA Project Officer, DEFRA (Managerial Excellence)

Wendy Gilroy, Customer Services Officer, Benefits Agency (Social Inclusion)

Local Government - sponsored by Vantagepoint

Bill Marney, Social Worker, Lincolnshire Social Services (Front-line Worker)

David Vincent, Lorry Driver, London Borough of Barking & Dagenham (Front-line Worker)

Ragbir Virdee, Project Worker, Nottingham City Social Services (Social Inclusion)

Clare Wichbold, Regeneration Officer, Herefordshire Partnership (Progress through Partnership)

Education - sponsored by Eagle Star

Cyril Baily, Chair of Governors, Ormskirk School (Outstanding Contribution by a Non-Executive)

Elizabeth Clubbs, Headteacher, South Beach First School, (Turn-round Manager)

Andrew Parsons, Headteacher, Plymstock School, (Leadership)

Health - sponsored by PPS Ltd

Jeremy Handley, Non Executive Director, Northgate & Prudhoe NHS Trust (Outstanding Contribution by a Non-Executive)

Jan Nicholson, Senior Occupational Therapist, S Derbyshire Acute Hospital NHS Trust (Innovation)

Terry Owen, Volunteer Manager, Aintree Hospitals Volunteer Scheme (Managerial Excellence)

Stephen Pereira, Consultant Psychiatrist, North East London Mental Health NHS Trust (Leadership)

Housing - sponsored by the Chartered Institute of Housing

Ivor Evans, Housing Manager, Testway Housing Ltd (Progress through Partnership)

Noel Rice, Energy Conservation Manager, Northern Ireland Housing Executive (Progress through Partnership)

Tom Manion, Chief Executive, Irwell Valley Housing Association (Innovation)

Uniformed Services - sponsored by Anite Public Sector

Danielle Cotton, Firefighter, London Fire Brigade (Leadership)

Helen Smith, Management Accountant, Bedfordshire Police (Innovation)

Richard Vince, Head of CSC Unit, HM Prison Woodhill (Turn-round Manager)

Howard Wright, Community Constable, West Midlands Police (Social Inclusion)

Voluntary Sector - sponsored by Community Care

Eleanor Kinnear, Co-ordinator, Integrated Neurological Services (Social Inclusion)

Gary Stannett, Youth Inclusion Manager, Crime Concern (Social Inclusion)

Jenni Thomas, Chief Executive, The Child Bereavement Trust (Social Inclusion)

Outstanding Public Servant of the Year Award - sponsored by Hewlett Packard and Amey

To be announced

Details on all the shortlisted candidates can be seen here .

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