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Wakefield brings home the awards

Hardworking staff in Wakefield have been rewarded for their dedication by winning prestigious awards.

Three people from Wakefield Council took home awards from the Making a Difference in Yorkshire and Humber Awards 2011.

The glittering awards ceremony was organised by the Local Government Yorkshire and Humber (LGYH), which is a partnership of the 32 councils, fire and rescue, police and national park authorities in Yorkshire and Humber. It aims to recognise staff who have gone the extra mile to help local people.

Councillor Betty Rhodes, chair of the council’s health and social care overview and scrutiny committee, won the Elected Member of the Year Award, The Hepworth Gallery won the 2012 Award for Culture and Sport and the council’s schools partnership won the Outstanding Achievement Award for International Working for its work with Wuhou in China.

The council’s chief executive Joanne Roney OBE and Elaine McHale, the council’s corporate director for family services and chair of the Yorkshire and Humber Association of Directors of Social Services, were also given special awards for showing leadership and commitment.

Councillor Peter Box CBE, chair of local government Yorkshire and Humber and leader of Wakefield Council said; “I am delighted that Wakefield has done so well in these awards which celebrate major achievements by local authorities and public sector workers in Yorkshire and Humber. My congratulations to everyone who has been involved.

“The awards showcase some of the excellent work that is taking place across the public sector and bring recognition to the front line workers who are often overlooked.”


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