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Council of the year

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LGC reveals the winner of its prestigious Council of the Year award

Winner: Sevenoaks DC

Political and managerial leadership, a culture of empowerment and “no blame” and Sevenoaks’ mantra that “the customer is anyone who isn’t me” has resulted in two outstanding collective achievements this year: financial self-sufficiency; and being awarded Investors in People’s platinum standard. Across the vast majority of its services Sevenoaks is meeting or exceeding targets and resident and staff satisfaction levels remain high, even as resources shrink and responsibilities increase. Sevenoaks believes it can best succeed by empowering its people to achieve, supported by exceptional managers and leaders.

Highly commended: North Yorkshire CC



Newcastle City Council

Newham LBC

South Norfolk Council

South Tyneside MBC



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Zurich logo

A word from the award’s sponor

Zurich Municipal is part of the Zurich Insurance group, Zurich. We are delighted to be sponsoring the Council of the Year award once again. As one of the leading providers of risk and insurance solutions to Britain’s public services, we work in partnership with our customers to deliver the risk management strategies, best practices and insurance cover you need. Handling more than 100,000 claims every year, we look after UK local authorities, health services, educational establishments, charities and voluntary organisations and housing associations. For more information visit


Nicola Bulbeck, chief executive, Teignbridge DC

Andrew Jepp, managing director, Zurich Municipal

Mark Lloyd, chief executive, Local Government Association

Steven Pleasant, chief executive, Tameside MBC

Barry Quirk, chief executive, Lewisham LBC

Martin Reeves, chief executive, Coventry City Council

Joanne Roney, chief executive, Wakefield MBC

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