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Thurrock Council’s Democratic Services Dept. win award

THURROCK Council picked up two awards on Thursday (26 November) evening at Birmingham City’s St Andrew’s football ground.

The Association of Democratic Services Officers (ADSO) presented their Team of the Year Award to the council and Senior Democratic Services Officer Stephanie Cox was announced as Learner of the Year.

Entrants to the Team of the Year category need to show they have worked as a team to provide a first class service, implemented new systems, practices and procedures to improve the work of the team and its service to customers; worked to improve the effectiveness of councillors; and working collaboratively across the business.

The Learner of the Year is open to people who have completed either the ADSO Certificate or Diploma in the last year and demonstrated significant progress, innovation or resilience during the course of their studies; applied their learning in the workplace for the benefit of their organisation; demonstrated new skills as a result of their studies; and shown their qualification and learning experience has directly influenced their professional progression.

The submissions were judged John Austin, chair of ADSO; Nick Crump from Modern.gov; and John Robinson, Chief Executive Gedling Borough Council.

Mr Austin said Thurrock’s team had shown “excellent team spirit during challenging times and were a role model for all democratic services teams across the country”.

Cllr John Kent, Leader of Thurrock Council, said: “The team deserves every plaudit they receive and these two awards are very well merited.

“No council can run without a dedicated Democratic Services team and ours is a small hard-working group which ensures the democratic process runs smoothly.”

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