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Community Champion Awards

During the year many of Merton Council’s staff do that little bit extra for residents and the borough. We receive many kind letters complimenting members of staff who go the extra mile.

Please take this once-in-a-year opportunity to nominate a Merton Council staff individual or team who you think have demonstrated outstanding customer service or just go the extra mile.

Will you nominate your road sweeper? Is it a social worker, librarian or housing officer? You choose.

Contribution to the Community Award

This award is for individuals not employed by Merton Council. This could be a volunteer who supports the council in their spare time or someone who just collects litter in their local park because they care about the borough. If you know someone who goes the extra mile to make Merton a better place, nominate them for an award. Just click the ‘contribution in the community’ award category when nominating.

Last year’s winners were…

Overall employee of the year

Winner: Victor Mikhno, IT analyst

“Victor works in the Business Systems team, supporting IT Systems and bringing in the new Social Care System, Mosaic. His customers have praised his work ethic and customer service, and he is well regarded both inside and outside his team. Never afraid to ask questions or to face up to new situations, Victor always goes the extra mile and is very supportive of colleagues. His ability to put himself in his customers’ shoes and understand their frustrations, as well as his ability to explain complicated IT issues in plain English, means he has built an excellent rapport with suppliers, customers and colleagues alike.”

Overall outstanding team of the year

Winner: School Improvement Team

“The core team consists of school inspectors and advisors, officers that support school governors and business support. The team works with a wide range of skilled local authority officers to support and challenge all schools to ensure that pupil outcomes are the highest they can be and that Ofsted inspections are successful.”

Contribution to the community

We awarded excellence awards to people and organisations for their contribution to the community.

Liz Sherwood Morden local resident

“Liz regularly clears litter from our highways and parks. She is dedicated and has compassion to keep areas litter free and makes the environment a cleaner and greener place to be. Liz takes part in our community clean ups and encourages children from the local schools to be responsible for disposing of their litter.”

Chris Larkman Raynes Park Association (RPA)

“Chris is passionate about Raynes Park and has campaigned for many improvements, representing the interests of resident groups and business in his role as Raynes Park Association chairman. Chris, with RPA colleagues, led the entry into the Great British High Street award, where Raynes Park came second in London. He also championed the Raynes Park Christmas event which is now in its fifth year. A great community champion who treats all with respect and is a pleasure to collaborate with.”

Steve Childs Executive headteacher, Melbury College

“Steve Childs is the executive headteacher of Melbury College (SMART Centre, Melrose School, Merton Medical Education Service and the Alternative Education Service). Steve has been nominated for his excellent work both in leading this service and for his contribution to wider partnership working across Merton including chairing the Schools Forum.”

Dr Andrew Murray Chair of the Merton Clinical Commissioning Group

“Since taking up the position of chairman of the Merton Clinical Commissioning Group in April 2015, Dr Andrew Murray has, through his leadership, improved the health of Merton’s residents and worked in partnership with the council. As a GP, Dr Murray always puts his patients first and has a special interest in developing world healthcare, setting up a community health worker training programme in Myanmar.”

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This page was last updated on Tuesday 1 November 2016

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