Civil Service Awards 2022 shortlist revealed

Departmental officials have faced more than their fair share of challenges over the past 12 months. This year’s awards finalists show civil servants rising to the immediate task and taking a longer-term view, too

By CSW staff

26 Oct 2022

Thirty-eight teams of civil servants, outstanding officials and individual programmes are in the running for one of this year’s Civil Service Awards, celebrating innovation, dedication and achievement across government.

They include the Border Force team that supported the evacuation of 15,000 people from Afghanistan as part of last year’s Operation Pitting; a DWP Digital project to deliver real-time checks for free prescription entitlement; and a Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport programme aimed at helping the culture and heritage sectors articulate their impact on society.

Senior officials from the Department for Work and Pensions, the Department of Health and Social Care, and the Home Office are in the running for the Outstanding Leadership Award.

Meanwhile, five officials at the start of their civil service careers are in the running for the 2022 Rising Star Award: one each from the Office for National Statistics, the Home Office, and the Ministry of Justice, and two from HM Prison and Probation Service.

Awards are subdivided into three categories, reflecting the core values set out in the Modern Civil Service plan, which are “skilled”, “innovative”, and “ambitious”.

Category champions for this year’s awards include Ministry of Justice permanent secretary Antonia Romeo, chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance, and civil service chief operating officer Alex Chisholm.

Winners will be announced at a ceremony at Lancaster House in December.

The full shortlist can be seen below, and there's much more detail on the dedicated awards site.

 

 

Excellence in Delivery Award 

A Skilled Civil Service

Border Force National Operational Leadership Team – Operation Pitting, Home Office: Border Force

NHS COVID Pass Programme, Department of Health and Social Care

Ukraine humanitarian visa schemes, Home Office: UK Visas and Immigration

 

 

Developing and Supporting People Award

A Skilled Civil Service

DVLA IT Services Directorate, Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

Junior Leaders Networking Events (JLNE) Team, Cross-Government

Liz Cox for leading and implementing the 'Progress in prison workshops' tracker, HM Prison and Probation Service

 

 

Diversity and Inclusion Award

A Skilled Civil Service

DWP National Muslim Network, Department for Work and Pensions

Jackie Armstrong, Home Office: Immigration and Enforcement

Servicewomen’s Health Improvement Focus Team (SHIFT), Ministry of Defence

 

 

Best use of Data and Technology Award

An Innovative Civil Service

Alice Rayner, Helen Heard - Kitchen Life 2 project team, Food Standards Agency

DataMapWales, Welsh Government

Team Phoenix, Department for Work and Pensions

 

 

Science and Innovation Award

An Innovative Civil Service

Antivirals and Therapeutics Taskforce, Department of Health and Social Care

Evidence Team, Centre for Connected & Autonomous Vehicles, Department for Transport

Marine Natural Capital and Ecosystem Assessment Programme, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

 

 

Evaluation and Analysis Award

An Innovative Civil Service

Culture and Heritage Capital Team, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport .

Evaluation of Family Hubs, Department for Education

Russia/Ukraine Economic Analysis Team, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

 

 

Project Delivery Award

An Ambitious Civil Service

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Evolve, Students Loan Company

School Rebuilding Division, Department for Education

 

 

One Civil Service Awards

An Ambitious Civil Service

Cross Government team delivering Cost of Living Payments to low income and disabled benefit claimants, Cross-Government

The Joint Home Office-BEIS Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Bill Team, Home Office and Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

The LAWMAKER Project, Scottish Government

 

 

Productive Partnership Award

An Ambitious Civil Service

CEOPS – Operation Habitance, National Crime Agency

Historical Institutional Abuse Implementation Branch, Northern Ireland Executive

Windrush Monument team, Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

 

 

Rising Star Award

A Modern Civil Service

Alexander Newton, Office for National Statistics

Blake Kennedy, Home Office

Kelly Moore, Ministry of Justice

Matthew Smith, HM Prison and Probation Service

Tassie Ghillani, HM Prison and Probation Service

 

 

Programme of the Year Award

A Modern Civil Service

COP26 Unit, Cabinet Office

HMPPS Creating Future Opportunities, HM Prison and Probation Service

Kickstart Scheme, Department for Work and Pensions

 

 

Cabinet Secretary’s Outstanding Leader Award

A Modern Civil Service

Angus Gray, Department for Work and Pensions

Haroona Franklin, Department of Health and Social Care

Sara Rathore, Home Office

 

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