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

Unsung Heroes

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

One Council

SchoolPay online school payments team
Highly Commended       Haddington 2018 Team
Finalist                           Diana Budziosz, Transportation

Community Award

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

Wellbeing Award

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

Published: Friday, 7th December 2018