Councillor is a top transformer

Cllr Shane Hebb - set to deliver an upbeat financial report to the council

LEADING Thurrock councillor Shane Hebb has been shortlisted for a top award.

Cllr Hebb, who represents Stanford-le-Hope West and is deputy leader of Thurrock Council, is in the running to pick up the Finance and Transformation award at the 2018 Councillor Achievement Awards organised by the Local Government information Unit (LGiU), a London-based thinktank and registered charity established in 1983 as a membership organisation for UK local authorities.

The annual awards are the only national ceremony to honour the hard work of councillors from across the country that often goes unrecognised. They will take place on Tuesday, 6 November at the Guildhall, London.

From across the county, nearly 200 councillors were nominated for the seven categories. Cllr Hebb follows in the footsteps of fellow council cabinet members Sue Little and James Halden.

Cllr Little was the winner in the Health and Care award category last year and Cllr Halden was nominated in the same category as Cllr Hebb.

In 2010 former councillor Yash Gupta was acclaimed Community Champion of the year.

The Finance and Transformation category recognises councillors who have “shown vision in maximising the resources available to the council to deliver outstanding services to residents”. The nomination says: “This could take many forms, including: making smart investment decisions and leveraging funds; pursuing new commercial projects; championing sustainable financial practices; encouraging lean and efficient practices; breaking down internal silos; or transforming whole systems to focus on the service user.

“This award will go to a councillor who has either:

  • Championed innovative and sustainable financial strategies within their council
  • Pursued visionary transformation programmes that have improved the quality of services
  • Contributed to an efficient, entrepreneurial and lean work culture within the council.”

Jonathan Carr-West, chief executive of the LGiU said: “We received nearly 200 nominations for the 2018 Councillor Achievement Awards, so it’s a huge achievement to be shortlisted. The shortlisted councillors went above and beyond the call of duty in 2018, making a real difference to their residents.”

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