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Rising star

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Winner: Lisa Roberts, strategic client manager – culture and leisure, Peterborough City Council

Lisa Roberts led the review and public consultation about Peterborough’s library services, and based on this, designed and implemented the council’s new libraries model, which involves keeping libraries open for longer hours than before by making greater use of self-service technology. Ms Roberts established effective working relationships with leading politicians, directors, senior managers and the public during this project. She is regarded as a ‘doer’ within the council, with high levels of energy and an unwavering enthusiasm for culture and leisure services. The new model is successful and Ms Roberts communicates with and supports 64 other councils regarding the system.

Judges’ comments: “The winner is a tenacious, persistent officer with a strong public sector ethos.”

Highly commended: James Marshall, service lead – customer insight and engagement, Southampton City Council


Lucy Barrow, head of strategy, Wirral MBC

Kerryjit Kaur, integrated crisis response service manager, Leicester City Council

Abdul Khan, service manager for energy and sustainability, Tower Hamlets LBC

Sarah Mainwaring, head of human resources and organisational development, East Sussex CC

James Pickering, welfare reform manager, Oxford City Council

Matt Woor, social media channel manager, Suffolk CC


Steve Atkinson, chief executive, Hinckley & Bosworth BC

Anne Connolly, strategic adviser, Glasgow City Council

John O’Brien, chief executive, London Councils

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