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ACE Staff Awards

2018 ACE Staff Award winners

The ACE Staff Awards are annual awards to celebrate and recognise the achievements of staff across the council.

Congratulations to all the winners who were presented with their awards at the ceremony on Thursday, 29 November 2018.

Young Employee of the Year

Winner: Chloe Johnson

Young employee of the year Chloe Johnson.

Chloe is one of our care leavers and her experiences have inspired her to help others through a career in Social Care. She joined the team in September 2017 as an apprentice and completed her NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) in Business Administration. She became an active Community Champion and, as her confidence grew, started to support client groups at drop-ins.

Chloe started her NVQ in Health and Social Care and now puts her training into practice at drop-ins, supporting a mix of complex clients of all ages and needs. She also supports a weekly adult care drop-in for vulnerable young women. She's a great role model for this group: she's practical, and non-judgemental. She listens, learns and builds good relationships of trust with the young women.

Chloe has amazing skills with people and, with her strong core values, she has real potential for a great career in social care.

Award sponsored by Keepmoat Homes

Community Action Award

Winner: Nadeem Hussain

Community Action Award winner Nadeem Hussain.

As a youth worker and local resident, Nadeem regularly demonstrates his commitment to the borough through his involvement in a range of challenges and events, inside and outside work. As well as volunteering for a range of local charities, Nadeem actively supports the council by engaging and mediating with young people. His voluntary work is tireless. At this year's Feel Good Festival, he worked for 16 hours to support the event. He has a strong sense of civic pride and a fantastic volunteering ethic.

The council is looking to extend staff volunteering and Nadeem is at the forefront of this. He can be very proud as winner of the Community Action Award.

Award sponsored by Gleeson Homes

Inspiring Change Award

Winner: The Raising Participation and Skills Team

Inspiring Change Award winner The Raising Participation and Skills Team.

The Raising Participation and Skills Team won the Inspiring Change award for its outstanding innovation and results in managing the apprenticeship levy on behalf of the council and schools. Their innovative approach has seen 15 other local authorities seek their guidance. They have also been asked to deliver workshops nationally on their brilliant work. The council is one of only 5 organisations nationally to have achieved the 2.3% headcount target for apprentices in 2017/18. The team's innovative ways of engaging schools have also attracted attention from across the country. This is an outstanding achievement for such a small team. Well done to everyone involved.

Award sponsored by Agilisys

Team of the Year

Winner: Counter Fraud Team

Team of the Year award winner Counter Fraud Team.

The Counter Fraud Team was established in 2015, following a reorganisation. Between 2015-2018, this committed and dedicated team has been proactive in achieving important savings for the council and identifying fraud. In 2017 the team of 5 achieved over £350,000 of savings for the council, through hard work, determination and tenacity.

Well done to a small but important team which is delivering results for the council on a daily basis.

Award sponsored by Countryside

Pride of the Borough

Winner: Irene Peachey

Pride of the Borough award winner Irene Peachey.

The Pride of the Borough Award, nominated by local people went to Irene Peachey. Her inspiring and engaging style of reading simply captivates and charms. Irene is loved by parents and youngsters right across the borough. She has a wonderful way with all the children who attend her sessions in the libraries, which are described as educational, lively and fun.

It's no wonder they are always packed out. She has tirelessly provided literacy and rhyme sessions to children for many years and the Bookstart Bear Club sessions have legendary status.

Irene is described as someone who improves the lives of young people, which is a credit to her dedicated work. Irene is a credit to herself, the council and to local libraries.

Award sponsored by Link4Life

Employee of the Year

Winner: Amanda Price

Employee of the Year award winner Amanda Price.

Amanda is known as the face of the organisation. She is the first point of contact with staff, visitors and suppliers. Her cheery good natured approach has been noted by hundreds of people. She is always smiling, always helpful and has a wonderful 'can do' attitude. Everyone who comes into contact with Amanda is left with a positive impression. She creates a positive ambience, generates a great working environment and gives visitors a friendly welcome when they arrive at Number One Riverside. This nomination is richly deserved for someone who lights up the building from the moment she arrives in the morning. She is a credit to the council and herself.

Award sponsored by Cooney Civil Engineering

Learner of the Year

Winner: Georgia Harden

Learner of the Year award winner Georgia Harden.

Georgia joined the business support team in Adult Care from college in July 2017. She had little work experience but developed a reputation as a determined, hard-working and committed member of the team. She has been praised for completing tasks to a very high standard. Georgia has successfully taken exams to complement her council work, underlining her tenacity and willingness to learn. In 18 months with the council, Georgia has gone from strength to strength and is now a mentor to other apprentices. With her energy, passion and creativity continuing to shine, Georgia can be proud of her many achievements in such a short space of time.

Award sponsored by Rochdale Training

ACE Outstanding Contribution

Winner: Jamie White and Mark Bourne

ACE Outstanding Contribution award winners Jamie White and Mark Bourne.

Jamie and Mark have truly excelled during 2018. In addition to their day jobs, they have produced stunning displays for Rochdale, Heywood, Middleton and Pennine townships 'In Bloom'. They take great pride in their work, never cutting corners and always working to a high standard.

Their fantastic features have included the glorious 'silent soldier' pop up garden in Rochdale town centre.

The success stories of James and Mark are considerable. They are a credit to the borough and themselves.

Well done.

Award sponsored by YPO

Celebrating commitment and excellence

ACE staff awards 2018.

The ACE Staff Awards are annual awards to celebrate and recognise the achievements of staff across the council. The awards are open to all staff employed by the council. They're an opportunity to recognise and celebrate individuals and teams who provide outstanding service and truly live the council's values: The Rochdale Way.

How to nominate

If you are a resident, partner, councillor, staff or user of our services you can nominate individuals or teams who you feel deserve to be recognised for their commitment, hard work and dedication in delivering excellent services.

As well as those staff that are front-facing there are many others who work behind the scenes in operational and support functions that should also be recognised for their commitment to the borough.

In making your nomination you'll need to:

  1. Select the relevant award category.
  2. Select the relevant values and give examples against the criteria to demonstrate what the individual or team has done in making a difference or providing an outstanding service.
  3. Complete and submit your nomination.

Closing date for nominations: Friday, 31 August 2018 at 5pm.

Awards categories

Awards will be presented in 8 categories. These are:

Young Employee of the Year Award: the Young Employee of the Year Award celebrates the energy, passion and enthusiasm that young adults, aged 25 and under, bring to our workplace. The award recognises their contribution to council priorities and service delivery and acting as a positive role model to others.

Community Action Award: this award is for an employee or team that is making a difference. It's for those employees that use their creativity and energy to make a positive contribution in the community. The award recognises those that volunteer regularly or that have gone out of their way to do something for the benefit of others. Employees can self-nominate.

Inspiring Change Award: the Inspiring Change Award celebrates the employees that have identified innovative solutions to problems or that have put forward new ideas, helping the council to change or improve for the better.

Team of the Year Award: the Team of the Year Award celebrates the spirit of working together to deliver outcomes. This includes groups of employees in the same service area or a group that has worked collaboratively on a project or initiative.

Pride of the Borough Award: the Pride of the Borough Award recognises those employees think are doing a great job or are going out of their way to ensure people's experience of council services is a positive one. This award is nominated by local residents only.

Employee of the Year Award: the employee of the year award celebrates employees that demonstrate a commitment to quality in carrying out job responsibilities, who consistently deliver good performance and act as a positive role model to others.

Learner of the Year: the Learner of the Year Award recognises employees that have undertaken learning and development to support them in fulfilling their potential and helping the council to build a strong and capable workforce. This might include a qualification, on the job training, taking on additional responsibilities, acting up in a more senior role and so on.

ACE Outstanding Contribution. (To be selected by the Chief Executive in conjunction with the Mayor of Rochdale.) We're looking for the Rochdale Borough Council employee who has made an Outstanding Contribution to the organisation. The winner will have significantly demonstrated that they are committed to the values of the Rochdale Way. The winner to be announced at the ACE Staff Awards celebration evening of the awards ceremony on Thursday, 29 November 2018.


The following details the values as set out in The Rochdale Way. You'll need to select the relevant values and give examples against the criteria to demonstrate what the individual or team has done in making a difference or providing an outstanding service.

Valuing our people

  • Shows commitment and initiative
  • Delivers outcomes for others
  • Gets on with and treats others with respect

Focussing on customers

  • Listens to and understands customer needs
  • Provides high standard of service that meets customer needs
  • Manages customer expectation

Acting with integrity

  • Acts in the right way at all times
  • Delivers on promises
  • Learns from mistakes and makes changes

Using time and money wisely

  • Completes work in an efficient and effective way at all times
  • Generates new ideas that help use resources or budges more effectively
  • Has developed or implemented new systems, policies or procedures that deliver improved standards of service

Working together

  • Builds effective relationships with others
  • Actively contributes when working as part of a team
  • Has made a positive difference as a result of teamwork

Always learning and improving

  • Demonstrates commitment to own personal development and progression
  • Demonstrates a commitment to improving the organisation
  • Has a forward-thinking approach and makes a positive impact

Shortlisting and judging

Shortlisting: to be announced in October 2018

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted directly. Applications will be judged on the quality of the nomination than on the highest number of nominations received.

The judging panel will be made up of representatives from staff across the council. The panel will assess the nominations against the criteria listed in each award category. The final selection will be undertaken by the council's leadership team.

The awards ceremony and prizes

Date: Thursday, 29 November 2018
Location: Rochdale Town Hall

Finalists, a selection of nominators and panellists, sponsors and key stakeholders will be invited to attend the ceremony. All finalists will be invited to the event and presented with a certificate. Winners will be presented with a trophy and a certificate at the ACE Staff Awards on Thursday, 29 November 2018.

Thank you to our sponsors

Our awards ceremony is supported and sponsored by our partners and local businesses. If you'd like to sponsor the 2018 event or get more information on the packages available, please email

Our awards ceremony is being supported and sponsored by the following partners and local businesses.

Award sponsors:

  • Rochdale Training – for Learner of the Year
  • Agilisys - for Inspiring Change Award
  • Gleeson Homes – for Community Action Award
  • Countryside – for Team of the Year
  • Keepmoat Homes – for Young Employee of the Year
  • Cooney Civil Engineering – for Employee of the Year
  • Link4Life – for Pride of the Borough Award
  • YPO – for ACE Outstanding Contribution

Event sponsors:

  • Liquidlogic – for the sponsors reception
  • Balfour Beatty – for the entertainment
  • Taylor Wimpey – for the refreshments

Table sponsors:

  • Link
  • FAUN-Zoeller
  • Schneider-Electric
  • FW Sherratt
Nominations closed
Friday, 31 August 2018 at 5pm

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