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2017 ACE Staff Awards


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, 30 November 2017.

Young Employee of the Year - Ruhena Begum

Young Employee of the Year: - Ruhena Begum.

Ruhena Begum, one of the borough's brightest new talents described as a ‘superb ambassador for the council’ won Young Employee of the Year. The Talk English Officer joined the council when she was just 18. As well as delivering English classes, Ruhena supports and manages volunteers, who play a key part in the project’s success.

Award sponsored by Keepmoat Homes.

Volunteer of the Year - Helen Leach

Volunteer of the Year - Helen Leach.

Volunteer of the Year was presented to Helen Leach in recognition of her tireless work to help the borough's less privileged. Helen, who leads on much of council's charity work in her own time has helped raise tens of thousands of pounds for good causes, including organising the annual charity abseil down the town hall clock tower.

Sponsored by BT.

Innovation Award - Emily Nickson

Innovation Award - Emily Nickson.

Young Peoples Support Officer Emily Nickson won the Innovation Award for her work delivering the councils ‘Early Help’ programme which supports separated parents to improve their relationships, reducing the impact on the wellbeing of their children. Emily’s work was described as ‘inspiring, forward-thinking and visionary’.

Sponsored by Rochdale Development Agency.

Team of the Year - Young Adult Team

Team of the Year - Young Adult Team.

The Young Adult Team, scooped Team of the Year. The team was established to support adult victims of child sexual exploitation who have experienced trauma and abuse. Comprising social workers, support planners and employment and skills staff, they support young people to get their lives back on track, developing innovative practices whilst gaining the trust of the young women.

Sponsored by Countryside.

Employee of the Year - David Genesis

Employee of the Year David Genesis.

Employee of the Year was awarded to gardener David Genesis. As well as keeping Rochdale's gardens and town centre to a high standard, he was responsible for installing the large carpet-bed display next to John Bright's statue in Broadfield Park. He takes great pride in ensuring the memorial gardens are kept to a very high standard and following the tragic events at the Manchester Arena was involved in producing 'The Manchester Bee' floral display.

Sponsored by Cooney Civil Engineering.

Pride of the Borough Award - Kim Moore

Pride of the Borough Award - Kim Moore

The Pride of the Borough Award, solely nominated by local people went to Social Care Assistant Kim Moore for going ‘above and beyond providing support and help around the clock to vulnerable residents’, described as an ‘angel on earth.’ She also helped to save the life of one of her clients.

Sponsored by Link4Life.

ACE Outstanding Contribution (posthumously) - Yasin Khan

ACE Outstanding Contribution - Yasin Khan.

The Outstanding Contribution Award was won by youth worker Yasin Khan who tragically passed away in October 2017 after a short illness. Chief Executive Steve Rumbelow paid a moving tribute to Yasin, describing him as a great role model and perfect advocate for the borough:

“This award is thoroughly deserved for Yasin’s truly outstanding contribution to the council, the borough of rochdale and our communities. He performed exceptionally well and we received weekly compliments about his work. Whenever he was told about this positive feedback his response was always to say thank you for being given the opportunity to do the work that he did, which I think says everything about the man he was. Yasin worked with great passion and enthusiasm in everything he did. He has left a great legacy, he trained over 5,000 young people in safeguarding and his materials will continue to be used across the borough to help more young people.

Sponsored by Agilisys.

Thank you to our sponsors

Our awards ceremony was supported and sponsored by our partners and local businesses.

Award sponsors:

  • Young Employee of the Year - sponsored by Keepmoat Homes.
  • Volunteer of the Year - sponsored by BT.
  • Innovation Award - sponsored by Rochdale Development Agency.
  • Team of the Year -sponsored by Countryside.
  • Employee of the Year - sponsored by Cooney Civil Engineering.
  • Pride of the Borough Award. - sponsored by Link4Life.  
  • ACE Outstanding Contribution - sponsored by Agilisys.

Table sponsors:

  • Balfour Beatty
  • Capita
  • Faun-Zoeller
  • FW Sherratt
  • Great Places
  • Lovell
  • Mosscare St Vincent's
  • Regenda Homes
  • Softcat 
  • Taylor Wimpey
  • Weightmans
  • Zen

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