With the tenth annual ceremony complete, the Chamberlain Awards team is extremely proud to announce our full results rundown for the Chamberlain Awards 2014!
We had a fantastic ceremony, which is only fitting when celebrating the excellent work taking place at Birmingham City Council. With our record haul of 228 nominations this year, shortlisting and judging the entries was been harder than ever, but we think you’ll agree that all of our winners and finalists deserve to be celebrated.
The team would like to thank everybody who took the time to nominate for this year’s awards! And we’d like to congratulate all of our winners and finalists for their excellent work – you truly are Chamberlain Stars!
2014 WINNERS AND FINALISTS
Community Library Support Unit
Volunteering, community involvement and income generation programmes for Birmingham’s 39 community libraries.
Enterprise Catalyst Executive Delivery Team
Building an entrepreneural culture amongst disadvantaged communities in Birmingham.
Culture Commissioning Team
Researching and designing new ways of delivering locally-based arts activities.
Hospital Discharge Team
Service to advise on, and deal with delayed hospital discharges caused by housing issues.
Constructing West Midlands and BCC Employment Access Team
Partnership project providing local people with access to employment and training opportunities.
District Arts Partnerships
Collaborative project to provide arts activities and events across the city.
A45 Corridor Improvement Project Team
Partnership project to divert and uprade a major section of the strategic highway network
Vulnerable Tenant Gardens Scheme
A training programme for young people who in turn deliver free gardening clearance work to vulnerable housing tenants.
Children’s Services Professional Support Services Team
Development and delivery of a traineeship programme to provide young people with work experience, and BCC with the opportunity to recruit younger members of staff.
Learning Difficulties Coordinator
Health and Housing
Service working to provide suitable housing situations for children and adults with medical or mobility problems, or disabilities.
Development and provision of support services for older people with learning disabilities and dementia.
Adult Social Care Contributions Team
Administration of financial assessments for residential care, facilitating income maximisation, managing direct payments and service user finances.
Wheelie Bin Implementation Team
Cross-directorate team formed to introduce wheelie bin refuse collections across Birmingham.
Universal Credit Project Team
Development of a web-based application to provide a single place for tenants to access tenant logbooks and advice.
Crisis Support Team
Providing immediate, short-term practical and emotional support to those affected by an emergency.
Sport and Healthy Lifestyles Team and partners
Partnership formed to develop and deliver the ParkLives initiative.
The Erdington District and The New Heights Partnership
Business Development Officer/District Support Officer and Community Project.
Local Enterprise Partnership Growth Deal Project Team
Development and delivery of funding submission for the Local Growth Fund.
Selly Oak District Community Scaffolding Support Programme
Enables, informs and empowers community groups to provide previously BCC-managed services for themselves.
Darren is someone who not only leads their team and achieves amazing results with very little financial input, but who also maintains a positive outlook which inspires others to play their part.
Darren really has made a unique contribution to the City of Birmingham, and deserves recognition for his outstanding talent, which has placed Birmingham on the international map, making the city the envy of Europe for its floral and open spaces excellence.
Schools Work Experience programme winner: Daniel Brennan
Daniel showed clear enthusiasm, excitement and interest in the work which shines out of his managers nomination. He supported the team and was very willing to do any work that was given to him. At a time when workloads are particularly high, it is great that he could made a small but valuable contribution, helping the team out and supporting service delivery.
Undergraduate Summer Placement programme winner: Arun Lally
During his time with the Accounts Payable team, Arun showed great enthusiasm and commitment to the work which importantly, actually made a real measurable difference to the council. He was a wonderful person to work with and worked tirelessly and made a real impact, with a threefold increase in supplier engagement – this is quite an achievement.
Public Sector Future Leaders Programme winners: Vincent Okore and James Bolton
Vincent and James looked at current use and trends in Communications/Social as part of the Public Sector Future Leader programme. From the initial induction, through the project brief session to the final report and presentation, they showed a real energy, understanding of what was required and delivered innovative solutions that the three organisations (BCC; West Midlands Police and West Midlands Fire Service) could take forward.
Bob Love – 25 years with Birmingham City Council
Bob is a member of the organisation management and management information team, is celebrating 25 years at the council. Starting in 1989 under the supernumerary scheme, which offered people with disabilities a nine-month work experience place, Bob has worked his way from an admin role in environmental services, though licensing, and now in HR, where he has been for 14 years. Based in Woodcock Street he undertakes a diverse role, assisting managers with reports and liaising with payroll over the salary sacrifice scheme.
A member of the England bowling team, he won a bronze medal in the lawn bowls open triples para-sports B6/B7/B8 Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014 – the pinnacle of his 30-year career in the sport.
Alex Mroczkowski – 45 years with Birmingham City Council
Alex started work as a clerical assistant in 1970 and has gradually taken on different roles within the education department as he has won promotion.
Twenty-five years ago, he moved into the special needs arena and is now a team manager for special educational needs assessment and review – working with pupils to get the support they need to progress with their education. He helps to manage the legal process, gathers information from pupils, families, schools and other agencies, and decides what is in the best interest of each student. It’s a role he loves.