More recognition for council staff in national awards

CIEH Awards Night

Posted on: 17 December 2018

An environmental health officer from Mid Devon District Council has been shortlisted for a national award, capping off a successful year for council staff.

Jeremy Pritchard, Commercial Team Lead Officer, was recently shortlisted for the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health Excellence Awards 2018 in the category of Outstanding Environmental Health Professional.

The award recognises an individual who has delivered a significant improvement to health, wellbeing and the environment.

Jeremy made the final of the awards following the lead role he undertook during an investigation into an illegal meat operation. Due to his diligent work the major operation was shut down and he subsequently secured a successful crown court prosecution against the person responsible for running the illegal scheme. The case was a significant landmark, and a first for a food authority, in the successful use of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 to recover the business’s profit.

The award ceremony was held in London on 28 November where Jeremy was pipped to the overall award by an Environmental Health Officer from Powys Council who worked on a demanding project with the Red Cross in response to an Ebola outbreak in DR Congo.

Simon Newcombe, Group Manager for Public Health & Regulatory Service, said: “Both national and international contributions were recognised at these awards, therefore making the shortlist was a huge achievement for Jeremy and the Council as a whole. The shortlist also showed the significant deployment from the traditional role of an environmental health officer.  This work, together with the varied initiatives of colleagues globally, illustrates the important role of environmental health professionals in protecting public health.”

The recognition caps off a successful year for Mid Devon District Council staff with other notable achievements including:

• North and Mid Devon’s Building Control Officer, Rose Murphy, being awarded the title of Superstar Winner at the annual LABC (Local Authority Building Control) awards.

• Legal Services Solicitor, Maria De Leiburne, receiving an award in recognition of excellent partnership through her work to reduce anti-social behaviour and crime in the Tiverton area from the East and Mid Devon Community Safety Partnership.

• Pauline Davey, Senior Local Land Charges Officer and Donna Oswald, Assistant Local Land Charges Officer being highly commended in the Customer Satisfaction Award for Local Authority searches (second), and coming fifth in the Best Performing National Land Information Service (NLIS) Level 3 Award. The awards are run by Land Data which is the NLIS regulator.

As well as individuals, departments within the Council have also received deserved recognition.

TPAS, the Tenants Participation Advisory Service, recognised the work achieved by the Council’s Housing Service in communicating with its tenants when the Housing Service was shortlisted for the category Excellence in Tenant Engagement Award.

Mid Devon District Council has also been shortlisted for the LGC Award for Councils’ Driving Economic Growth. This award is for councils that are proactively driving growth and the winners will be announced in March 2019.

Stephen Walford, Chief Executive at Mid Devon District Council, added:

“Our staff are our greatest asset and I know how hard they work for the benefit of our communities. However, it is always pleasing when this hard work and expertise is recognised at a regional and national level. We all want the best for Mid Devon and I am proud that we have such a high-calibre team here working to deliver positive outcomes for our area.”

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