Rising Stars in the Civil Service: Antonia Romeo on the new award which celebrates future leaders

Written by Antonia Romeo on 17 June 2019 in Award

Civil Service Awards champion Antonia Romeo on what she's looking for in the winner of the new 'Rising Star' category, and why she's encouraging people to get involved 

Photo: Louise Heywood-Schiefer

Over the past year, a lot of excellent work has been done by the Civil Service, and collectively across Whitehall we have achieved a huge amount. These achievements deserve to be recognised in the Civil Service Awards 2019.

This year I’ll be championing a new category that has been introduced to the Civil Service Awards 2019 – the Rising Star Award. This award will recognise a civil servant who has made a significant impact within the first eight years of their Civil Service career, and provides an excellent opportunity to celebrate the talent, enthusiasm, innovation and determination of our civil servants in the early years of their careers here. To continue our journey to build an outstanding and inspiring Civil Service it is crucial that we recognise committed and passionate individuals and celebrate their successes.

When judging the panel, I will be looking for those nominees who have demonstrated both potential to succeed, and substantial achievements, who have inspired others, and those who embody the values of the Civil Service – Honesty, Integrity, Impartiality and Objectivity.

A workplace that respects and promotes wellbeing, gender equality and diversity is critical to fostering a culture that nurtures talent

Giving everyone the space to grow their career in a workplace that respects and promotes wellbeing, gender equality and diversity is critical to fostering a culture that nurtures talent, and creates the leaders of tomorrow.

One of my priorities within the Department for International Trade (DIT) is to build an intrinsically inclusive culture, to ensure that we’re creating an environment conducive to developing all talent. I can certainly think of many rising stars within DIT, so I’m expecting no shortage of nominations from across the whole Civil Service!

I’m passionate about recognising talent at all levels – please do nominate a “rising star”, a future leader, someone who inspires and is delivering. I’m very much looking forward to reading your nominations.

You can nominate your colleagues until 24 July 2019.

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Antonia Romeo is permanent secretary at the Department for International Trade, and the civil service gender champion. She tweets as @AntoniaRomeoUK

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