This year we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Civil Service Awards. The Awards were started by my predecessor, Gus O’Donnell, back in 2006, during which time there have been 136 winners, whose achievements range from working on the Northern Ireland peace process to dealing with the aftermath of the banking crisis. These awards have recognised the work of exemplary civil servants, up and down the country, from Glasgow to Plymouth, HMRC to DWP, and from the Olympics to Troubled Families.
From the very first Cabinet Secretary’s award-winner Sorwar Ahmed, to last year’s winners in the Scotland Analysis Programme Team at HM Treasury, I am struck, but not surprised, by the professionalism, integrity and achievement of these hard-working teams.
I am proud of what the Civil Service achieved over the last Parliament – successfully implementing the coalition commitments, while delivering billions of pounds of efficiency savings. Not only are the Awards well-deserved recognition for the individuals and teams who receive them, they help to spread best practice across the Civil Service, promoting greater efficiency in government and encouraging the spirit of innovation.
I am pleased to announce that nominations for the awards are now open. This year, there are 15 awards, including a new award that recognises inspirational line management:
- The Analysis and Use of Evidence Award
- The Commercial Award
- The Communication Award
- The Dame Lesley Strathie Operational Excellence Award
- The Digital Award
- The Innovation Award
- The Leadership Award
- The Policy Award
- The Project and Programme Management Award
- The Supporting Growth and Productivity Award
- The Volunteering Award
- The Diversity and Inclusion Award
- The Inspirational Line Manager of the Year Award
- The Building Capability and Skills Award
- The Financial Management Award
This is your chance to nominate the individual or team that you believe has made a real difference to the delivery of public services.
It is a real achievement to win a Civil Service Award – last year we had nearly 700 nominations from 79 different departments, agencies and government bodies – I hope that in our 10th anniversary year we achieve a new record.
Dame Una O’Brien has said: “It is a huge privilege to be the Civil Service Awards Champion, especially in this 10th anniversary year. All over the country there are examples of civil servants delivering great services; we want to see the best teams and leaders nominated for these awards – don’t hold back!”
Any civil servant can nominate themselves or a colleague before 7 August 2015, so there is no reason not to enter. The shortlist will be announced in September on the Civil Service Awards website and in Civil Service World. The winners will be announced at a prestigious awards ceremony at Buckingham Palace in November 2015. I look forward to seeing some of you there!