2018 STAR Awards winners and finalists
Winners of the prestigious East Lothian Council STAR Awards were announced at a celebratory event held at The Brunton, Musselburgh.
The STAR Awards celebrate the achievements of East Lothian Council employees who have gone the extra mile to carry out their work and have been nominated by members of the public and colleagues. The STAR Awards also recognise the commitment of employees through long service awards.
Now in their eleventh year, the 2018 Awards received a record 207 nominations giving the board of judges the difficult job of whittling them down to 33 finalists in 11 categories who attended the award ceremony.
Brian Reilly, Caretaker at the Brunton, won the coveted ‘Council Worker of the Year’ sponsored by Morrison Construction. Described as ‘pleasant and efficient who cheerfully helps out both colleagues and customers at The Brunton’ Brian has worked there for just under 2 years. He deals with people visiting registration services, room bookings, theatre customers and supports the customer services team.
He was presented with his award by Billy Gray of Morrison Construction.
Adult Services Social Work Frontline Practitioners team won the Team of the Year. The team was nominated for their work aiming for the best possible outcomes for many individuals in our communities requiring support and advice. They help vulnerable elderly people to continue to live with dignity in their own homes and support individuals and families who may be experiencing difficulties.
The team were presented with their award by Gary Scougall of Eve coaches.
Speaking at the awards, Angela Leitch, Chief Executive of East Lothian Council, said:
“Over the course of the year I am out and about meeting staff and I find it heartening to hear the number of teams across the council who have a story to tell about the things they have made happen and how they work with others to make sure we achieve the best outcomes possible. We have some of our partners with us tonight to recognise some of the initiatives we have achieved by joining forces with our communities.”
Thanks were extended to all of the sponsors of STAR Awards – Biffa, Canon UK, East Coast Buses, EDF Energy, EVE coaches, Geddes, Morrison Construction, Prentice Coaches, and Viridor.
The full list of STAR Award winners:
Customer Excellence – Individual
Winner Pamela Fleming, Assistant Customer Service Officer, Brunton Hall
Highly Commended Ann-Marie Glancy, Principal Accountant
Finalist Ashley Hardy, Strategy and Planning Officer, HSCP
Customer Excellence – Team
Winner Roads Services
Highly Commended Customer Feedback & FOI Team
Finalist Customer Services, Brunton Hall
Winner Brian Reilly, Brunton Hall
Highly Commended Peter Tumulka, Vehicle Plant Maintenance Unit (VPMU)
Finalist The Special Clean Team
Working in Partnership
Winner Community Response Team
Highly Commended Rudi Fruzynski, Licensing Team
Finalist Helen Gillanders, Headteacher, Dunbar Primary
Services to our People
Winner Kristen Chevreuil, Occupational Therapist
Highly Commended Health & Social Care Partnership Social Workers
Finalist Lynda Reid, Registration Service
Winner SchoolPay online school payments team
Highly Commended Haddington 2018 Team
Finalist Diana Budziosz, Transportation
Winner Iain Clark & Vivien Struthers, Musselburgh Area Partnership
Highly Commended Alan Bell, Recharge
Finalists Yvonne Carr & Jannis Hamilton, Emergency Care Service
James Yule, Community Council
Kevin Porteous, Waste Services
Provost’s Award: Young Council Worker
Winner Fraser, Rory, Connor and Jack – Amenity Services trainees
Highly Commended William Kelley, Council Support
Finalists Sam Chymlowskyj, Amenity Services
Taylor Garman, Council Support
Winner Fiona Sellwood, PE Specialist
Highly Commended Amenity Services Team
Finalist Donna Doherty, Family Outreach Worker
Team of the Year
Winner Adult Social Work team – Frontline Practitioners
Highly Commended Outdoor Education Team
Finalist Green Room Nursery support staff, Sanderson’s Wynd Primary
Council Worker of the Year
Winner Brian Reilly, Brunton Hall