Friday, 7 August 2015

Council staff in running for awards

North Ayrshire Council’s most senior official has been nominated for ‘Chief Executive of the Year’ in prestigious national awards.
Elma Murray (pictured) has been shortlisted in the Human Resources Network Awards in recognition of her contribution towards “transforming the Council and raising ambition within the authority”.  According to a spokesperson, Ms Murray’s “leadership style, appreciation of staff and ability to innovate with reduced budgets has resulted in a higher-performing Council delivering excellence across its public services”.

North Ayrshire’s Human Resources department has also been nominated for awards, including ‘Best Workplace of the Year’, ‘Organisational Development’ and ‘Employee Engagement’.

In addition, the Council’s Organisational Development Manager, Fiona Walker, has made the final cut in the category of ‘HR Manager of the Year’.

Elma Murray said, “I feel very proud that Council staff have put me forward for Chief Executive of the Year.

“I’m equally delighted that we are also in the running for four more of these prestigious and credible awards, which cover both the public and private sectors.

“Being shortlisted reflects the focus, passion and inspiration that comes from a workforce committed to delivering excellence to our communities.  The creativity of our staff never ceases to amaze me and their confidence to take ownership of pursuing new ways of improving what we do is truly inspirational.”

The Council’s Leader, SNP councillor Willie Gibson, noted, “Our ambition is to be the best Council in Scotland and with excellent staff, excellent public services and excellent leadership, we are well on our way to achieving that ambition.

“Elma Murray has empowered Council staff to be creative and unafraid to put forward their ideas for improving service delivery.  Since her appointment in 2009 the Council has become award-winning, sector-leading and is the authority others often look-to in pursuit of excellence.”

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in mid-September, with winners announced in November at the HR Network Awards in Glasgow.

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