Meet Bolton’s best 2010 

Bolton's Best winners
Bolton’s Best: (l-r) Gill and Joe Murphy, Peter Walsh (on behalf of Paul Ellison), Norma Rutherford, Paddy O’Connell, Clare Igoe (on behalf of Asa Wardle), Nick Robinson, Bolton Sunflower Club, Nicola Islip, and the Bolton Markets Team.

This year’s Bolton’s best were unveiled at the council’s annual staff awards ceremony yesterday (Thursday, December 16).

More than 200 invited guests, including the Mayor of Bolton, Councillor John Byrne, gathered at De Vere Whites Hotel in Horwich to see the winners of the Bolton’s Best awards presented with their trophies and certificates.

The awards, which were sponsored by De Vere Whites, celebrate and recognise the excellent work that staff do.

Now in its fourth year, the event continues to grow, with 306 nominations received from staff across eight categories. These were shortlisted to 37 finalists by the council’s chief officers.

Staff voted for the winners of the Best Outcome 2010 and Unsung Hero 2010 awards, while a decision panel led by Councillor Rosa Kay, Executive Member for Human Resources, Organisational Development and Diversity, selected the remaining six winners.

The winners are:

Best Apprentice 2010

Asa Wardle, Outdoor Activities Apprentice, Children's Services

Best Team Worker 2010

Nicola Islip, Organisational Development Coordinator, Chief Executive’s

Best Manager 2010

Nick Robinson, Adoption Team Leader, Children's Services

Best Team 2010

Markets Team, Environmental Services

Best Outcome 2010

Bolton Sunflower Club, Children's Services

Best Contribution to the Community 2010

Paddy O’Connell, Outreach Officer, Development and Regeneration

Unsung Hero 2010

Norma Rutherford, Principal Events Officer, Chief Executive’s

Lifetime Achievement 2010

Gill and Joe Murphy, Care First Business Support Officer and Quality Assurance Manager, Children’s Services

Paul Ellison, Roadworker 2, Environmental Services

Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Human Resources, Organisational Development and Diversity, Councillor Rosa Kay, said: “The Bolton’s Best awards are a brilliant way of celebrating the dedication of council staff in the face of extremely challenging economic circumstances.

“Yesterday’s event was a huge success and thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended. I was delighted to congratulate and thank each of the winners and finalists personally as it gave me a chance to see how much this recognition means to them.”

The event was led by Bolton Council’s Chief Executive Sean Harriss, with music provided by Bolton Music Service.

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