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2nd October 2020 2 minutes read
Aberdeen City Council has been named Local Authority of the Year at the MJ Achievement Awards 2020, one of two categories sponsored by executive search and interim management consultancy Green Park.
One of six Local Authorities shortlisted, Aberdeen City Council was selected by the judges as the winner of the highly coveted title with Salford City Council highly commended.
Aberdeen City Council was selected having facilitated the reinvention of Aberdeen as a destination and securing the future of the city for its residents whilst also enabling new industries to flourish. Judges described the Council as bold, brave, impressive and ambitious, commending them on the collaboration between Officers and Politicians who have worked together and created partnerships, focusing with a clarity of purpose for the sake of the city as a whole.
The annual MJ Awards recognise the achievements of Local Government services and is one of the major events within the public-sector calendar. Working with a broad range of Local Government organisations across the country, Green Park have sponsored this high-profile award for the seventh year running and, for the first time, have also sponsored the brand-new Chief Executive of the Year award category. Following a particularly challenging year for the sector, the awards present an opportunity for sponsors to honour the progress of Local Authorities and provide public sector staff with the recognition they deserve.
Neil Lupin, Managing Partner of Green Park’s Local Government Interim Practice, comments: “This is my seventh year judging this award and in a year that none of us will forget it I feel it is especially important to have been able to recognise and celebrate the achievements of so many Councils.”
“I must thank my judges for being so generous with their time in such a challenging year and I would like to congratulate all of this year’s finalists and winners.”
“Salford City Council have done an amazing job in putting Salford firmly on the map with its communities at its heart and we are delighted to highly commend them. This year’s winner is a Council that has completely reinvented the future of its city, safeguarding and future-proofing the future of its residents at the same time. Congratulations to Aberdeen City Council, the MJ Local Authority of the Year 2020.”
This year’s Local Authority of the Year Award was judged by: Neil Lupin; Helen Bailey, Chief Executive, London Borough of Sutton; Martin Esom, Chief Executive, London Borough of Waltham Forest; Graham Farrant, Chief Executive, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council; Trevor Holden, Managing Director, Broadland and South Norfolk Councils; and Sharon Kemp, Chief Executive, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council.
The finalists were selected based on evidence of having delivered meaningful and positive change to the communities they serve, with the winner announced at the MJ’s live virtual awards ceremony on Friday the 2nd of October 2020.