Civil Service Awards 2019: full shortlist revealed

Fifty-strong list of individuals and teams reveals those in the running for honours in the 14th annual Civil Service Awards

Winners of the 2018 Civil Service Awards celebrate their achievements. Who will be next? Credit: CSW

By Civil Service World

10 Oct 2019

The full shortlist for the 14th annual Civil Service Awards has been unveiled.

Covering more than a dozen categories, the awards salute a range of achievements – including inspirational leadership; citizenship; communications and engagement; diversity and inclusion; and policy and use of evidence. The awards’ Rising Star category, meanwhile, recognises those who have made a significant impact within the first eight years of their civil service career.

The 2019 shortlist includes the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ Commercial EU Exit Team, established early last year to provide to support to the department’s large and diverse Brexit-related portfolio of 55 projects, around half of which had commercial requirements. The 30-strong team ensured all of the required services were successfully and compliantly procured to ensure the department’s readiness for all EU-exit scenarios. It is one of three teams vying for the Commercial Award,


Elsewhere, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s Troubled Families Evaluation and Policy Team is shortlisted for the Innovation & Science Award. The team’s 2019 shortlisting recognises impact evaluation undertaken this year as “one of the most complex ever attempted in social policy” and a “landmark study in terms of its methodological sophistication”. 

In the running for the Rising Star Award is the Department for International Trade’s Cindy Kim, who joined the UKTI team at the British Embassy in Seoul in June 2014 and has been credited with securing almost £150m in export wins. Her nomination cites her “unflappable commitment, common sense and tremendous appetite for learning” as well as her ability to leverage an incredible range of contacts” when required.

Tasked with agreeing winners from the 50 finalist individuals and teams is a panel of judges that includes Ministry of Justice perm sec Sir Richard Heaton; Department for Transport perm sec Bernadette Kelly; Northern Ireland Department of Finance perm sec Sue Gray; and new National Audit Office head Gareth Davies.

Heaton, who is the Civil Service Awards Champion, said the event was chance to celebrate the “phenomenal array of talented individuals doing amazing work” that the civil service counted among its ranks 

“We want to thank and recognise our colleagues for their brilliant public service,” he said.

“Thank you to everyone who put in a nomination. We received more than 1,200 nominations, and together they tell a story of hard work, incredible commitment and unwavering values.

“I also want to thank our judges, who have had the difficult task of producing our shortlist.

“Congratulations to those who have made it to the shortlist, I look forward to meeting them at the awards ceremony.”

Winners will be announced at this year's awards ceremony – run by CSW's parent company Dods – which takes place on November 21 at Lancaster House.

The full shortlist can be found below – and there's lots more over on the dedicated Civil Service Awards site.

The Citizenship Award
Jonathan Bamborough: Department for Work and Pensions
Mairi Macneil: Department for Work and Pensions
Suzanne Smith: Disclosure and Barring Service

The Collaboration Award 
Offender Accommodation Pilot Project: Ministry of Justice 
Statutory Accounting & Corporate Structure Fraud Project Team: Companies House
The Leeds Social justice Team: Department for Work and Pensions 

The Commercial Award
Defra group Commercial EU Exit Team: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Superfast Cymru Project Delivery Team: Welsh Government
Voluntary Pricing and Access Scheme negotiating team: Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England

The Communication & Engagement Award
First World War Centenary – The Last 100 Days Remembered: Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
THINK! New Driver campaign: Department for Transport
Welsh Government Digital Infrastructure Communications Team: Welsh Government

The Developing People Award
Bridges Project Team: Office of the Public Guardian
Rob Macpherson and HR's Recruitment Team: Department for Education 
Tracy Lee: Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

The Diversity & Inclusion Award
Bernadette Thompson and Anita Bhalla – Co Chairs Race to the Top G6/7 Network: Home Office
Bristol Race Network: HM Revenue & Customs
DfE Social Mobility Network: Department of Education
DWP Digital team: Department for Work and Pensions (Yorkshire and Humber)
Home Office Working Through Cancer Network: Home Office
LGBTI Staff Network: Scottish Government
Nuzhat Ali: Public Health England
Sexual Harassment and Personal Safety Working Group, DFID: Department for International Development  

The Digital Award
Digital Customer Service – HM Passport Office: Home Office
Divorce Project – HMCTS Reform: HM Courts & Tribunals Service 
Sarah Pannell and Learning & Innovation Team, DFID Malawi: Department for International Development 

The Health & Wellbeing Award 
Cross Government Menopause Working Group: Cabinet Office
Jack Summers: Home Office
The Offshore Petroleum Regulator for Environment & Decommissioning – Healthy Working Lives Committee: Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy 

The Innovation & Science Award 

Genomic Science and Emerging Technologies: Department of Health and Social Care
ONS Data Science Campus team: UK Statistics Authority/Office for National Statistics
Troubled Families Evaluation and Policy Team: Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

The Inspirational Leadership Award 
Craig Goodwin: Welsh Government
Paula Holbrook-Witt: Defence Science and Technology Laboratory 
Sonia Walsh: HM Prison Service

The Policy & Use of Evidence Award
Childcare Offer Team: Welsh Government
Ellen Lynch, Connie Smith, Guy McGivern, Karen MacNee (Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest): Scottish Government
Independent Review of the Mental Health Act: Department of Health and Social Care

The Project Delivery Excellence Award
HMRC Diverted Profits Project: HM Revenue & Customs
Marine & Fish EU Exit Programme Team: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Matthew Bell: National Archives

The Public Service Award
Commemorations Team, Defence Business Services Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre: Ministry of Defence  
Midlands Intake Unit: Home Office 
South Korea Trade Negotiations Team: Department for International Trade 

The Resilience & Rapid Response Award 
Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Centre Blue Watch: Maritime and Coastguard Agency
British Embassy Moscow, plus Police and regional support: Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Faith, Race and Integration team: Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

The Rising Star Award
Charlotte McMillan: Home Office
Cindy Kim: Department for International Trade
Piers Trory: HM Revenue & Customs

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