The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Monday, 29 October 2012

South Ayrshire Council celebrates outstanding employees

A school janitor, a support team for children with Dyslexia, a senior clerical assistant, a housing policy officer and an ICT team are all winners of South Ayrshire Council Outstanding People Awards.
 
The winners were announced at an awards ceremony at Ayr Town Hall, seventeen finalists attended representing five categories – Inspirational Young Employee, Sustainability, Equalities in Action, Innovation and Service Excellence – from these the winners were selected.
 
 
[Pictured: Inspirational Young Employee winner Caroline Hainey (second from left) receives her award from South Ayrshire Council chief executive David Anderson, Provost Helen Moonie and Bill McIntosh, Leader of the Council. A complete set of photographs taken at the awards ceremony is available on Flickr. CLICK HERE]
 
The finalists were nominated throughout the year from nominations received from members of the public and colleagues.
 
Selecting the Outstanding People Awards winners was a difficult task for the judging panel – made up of representatives from across the Council – as each finalist has shown their outstanding commitment to the Council and the people of South Ayrshire.
 
Councillor Bill McIntosh, Leader of the Council said: “These employees clearly demonstrate the scope within the Council for people to deliver services across South Ayrshire with energy, enthusiasm, dedication and drive. The winners should be very proud of what they have achieved, as all the finalists were of a very high standard.”
 
South Ayrshire Provost Helen Moonie said: “Carrying out my duties as Provost I meet lots of employees from all parts of the Council. I know how hard our employees work and the commitment that they have to the people of South Ayrshire.
 
“I am particularly pleased that these awards highlight to other employees and members of the public the innovative, exciting and worthwhile positions there are in the Council. With employees such as these we will continue to be an ambitious forward thinking Council with ambitions to be the best we can be.”
 
David Anderson, Chief Executive said: “The Outstanding People Awards are our way of recognising the outstanding work our employees do. Everyone who was nominated, the finalists and the winners should be very proud of what they have achieved.
 
“By working together we are raising our ambitions and providing the best services we can, with the resources we have available, to the people of South Ayrshire.”
 
INSPIRATIONAL YOUNG EMPLOYEE

• Christopher Price
• Caroline Hainey
• Lisa McKeown
 
Winner: Caroline Hainey
 
As a pupil at Belmont Academy in 2009, Caroline took part in the first cohort of South Ayrshire Council’s “Work Out” work experience programme, which involved spending one day a week in a work placement within a Council office. Caroline really made the most of her placement and on successful completion of the Work Out! programme, she carried on with unpaid work experience before successfully achieving a place as a Business Administration Modern Apprentice. She completed Level 2 and Level 3 Vocational Qualifications, and has recently been appointed to a new post as a Customer Service Advisor. Caroline is the most successful ‘Work Out’ graduate yet, and paves the way for others to follow in her footsteps.
 
SUSTAINABILITY
 
• Zhan McIntyre
• Mill Street Problem Solving Project
• Thornyflat Council Housing New Build Project Team
 
Winner: Zhan McIntyre
 
Zhan is one of the Council’s Green Champions and her commitment to sustainability and saving energy is evident in all the work that she does. She has introduced her team to lots of ‘green’ ways of working including moving to paperless meetings by the introduction of electronic agendas and minutes, and using media during meetings to share information, where this would previously have been photocopied and distributed extensively. The changes that Zhan has implemented have made more and more colleagues think about the importance of energy efficiency in their day to day working lives.
 
EQUALITIES IN ACTION
 
• The Cultural Rucksack Programme Project Team
• Kathleen Hendrie
• Dyslexia Friendly Schools Project
 
Winner: Dyslexia Friendly Schools Project
 
During session 2011-2012, all Primary Schools in South Ayrshire participated in South Ayrshire's Dyslexia Friendly School (DFS) self evaluation model. The DFS approach is inclusive and holistic, engaging all members of the school community to support children at risk of literacy failure in imaginative, effective and pupil centred ways. Inclusive good practice is embedded in everyday classroom awareness, attitudes, resources and the organisation of learning. Children and parents are closely involved in the process through focus groups, workshops, assemblies and training. Planned outcomes include earlier identification and implementation of strategies for children at risk, reduced emotional impact of perceived failure, effective partnership with parents, and improved literacy attainment.
 
INNOVATION
 
• Sarah Pye
• ICT Team
• Positive Steps Project
 
Winner: ICT Team
 
Over the past two years, South Ayrshire Council has made significant transformational change to its delivery of Information Communication Technology, with each aspect of change supporting and delivering improving public services that are more efficient and responsive to local needs. The imaginative and innovative digital technology and communication deployments are enabling South Ayrshire Council to redesign services and better meet people's needs whilst considerably reducing the cost of services to the Council and the council tax payer.
 
SERVICE EXCELLENCE
 
• Troon Home Care Team
• Allen Hawkes
• Margaret Grieve
• Richard Welstead
• Lewis Uriarte
 
Winner: Lewis Uriarte
 
Lewis is described as ‘one in a million’ by the grateful staff, parents and pupils of Doonfoot Primary School, where he has been the Janitor for over 20 years. He makes a tremendous contribution to the safe and efficient running of the school estate, and cheerfully carries out his duties come rain or shine. He carries out all his tasks in a professional and helpful manner and is described by his colleagues as dependable, capable and conscientious. He is a much loved and respected member of the school community at Doonfoot Primary.
 
All the finalists received a silver certificate and every employee who was nominated, but did not reach the finals, received a bronze certificate in recognition of their achievement.
 
Also invited to the awards ceremony were fourteen Modern Apprentices who while working and gaining valuable practical experience have also been studying. These young people are at the start of their careers and have built strong foundations:
 
Fiona Anderson, Business Administration
Mark Barr, Business Administration
Zoe Conn, Business Administration
Amy Duthie,  Business Administration
Heather Jess,  Business Administration
Cheryl McLure, Business Administration
Lindsay McEwan, Business Administration
Caroline Hainey, Business Administration
Daniel Nicol, Business Administration
Derrick McCracken,  Business Administration
Elspeth McKay,  Business Administration
Stewart Calderwood,  Craft
Michael Dinning, Craft
Ben Graham,  Craft
 
Nominations for the 2013 Outstanding People Awards will open in the new year.
 
South Ayrshire Council is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.




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