Vikki Bunting is the social care team manager in the East Locality Learning Disability team. This is an integrated team with health colleagues from Norfolk Community Health and Care. Ms Bunting joined the team as the practice consultant in early 2017 and then progressed quickly into the new team manager role in October 2017. She had arrived at Norfolk CC’s Learning Disability Services in 2010, as a newly qualified social worker working in the West Learning Disability team. Being a best interest assessor and participating in the NCC rota for the deprivation of liberty safeguards team adds more strings to Ms Bunting’s bow. She brings huge enthusiasm and passion to her work and is a leader who inspires others.
Kate Tunks was appointed a team leader for transport planning in 2015, and she continues to shine as one of Dorset CC’s brightest rising stars. Transport planning may not be one of the most glamorous, high-profile services, yet it touches everyone’s lives. Ms Tunks makes a massive contribution to people’s social and economic wellbeing by making sure the transport infrastructure is in place. Since Ms Tunks’ appointment, Dorset has received £62.5m in government grants for new developments.
Lincoln City Council
Matt Hillman is an outstanding leader and service manager. He is a rising star in the housing directorate who the council feels very lucky to have. His commitment, drive and enthusiasm are outstanding and at the heart of it all is his unquestionable desire to improve services and provide the highest quality services to the council’s customer. Mr Hillman has a vision for the service and the commitment of his team to deliver that vision under his management.
Lancaster City Council
The council faces a huge task in making savings while improving quality of service for its residents. It could have just cut services but Lancaster decided to look at being more commercial, ambitious and innovative. By applying what he has learned through his career with the council, Will Griffiths is transforming how it manages its public realm. He is a huge asset to the council and deserves recognition for his foresight, enthusiasm and general positive outlook.
Ian Faulkner is totally committed to his role and team and is dedicated and passionate in everything he does. He is an inspirational leader, looking for innovation at every opportunity while considering commercial opportunities. Mr Faulkner thinks outside of the box and leads by example. His actions and dedication to his work have seen him be a key player in the team shortlisted for the LGC 2017 and 2018 Team of the Year awards. He was a finalist in the BMBC Employee Excellence Awards for Leader of the Year and most recently a shortlisted finalist in the Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce Awards in October.
Waveney DC and Suffolk Coastal DC
Darren Knight is an all-rounder. He has demonstrated astute and effective management ability, he lives and breathes innovation and he is persistent in his focus on delivery. His track record ably demonstrates that he has delivered change, not as a one-off but as a continual theme. Mr Knight embraces new ideas but goes beyond that in encouraging and supporting others to do the same. Through his work within East Suffolk, he has become respected and renowned within the organisation and with partners and stakeholders.
Welwyn Hatfield DC
Stuart Pearson began his Welwyn Hatfield, and local government career, 18 months ago. In that short time, he has successfully overseen the largest service area transformation programme in years at the council. Residents now have improved access and a better experience when using its housing service, staff are happier and feel inspired by the change, and the council is saving more than £400,000 over the next three years.
Terry Collins, chief executive, Durham CC
John Coughlan, chief executive, Hampshire CC
Jo Miller, chief executive, Doncaster MBC
Rachael Shimmin, chief executive, Buckinghamshire CC
Jeff Stack, chief executive, Broxbourne BC