Shropshire Council win big at prestigious national risk management awards
Shropshire Council’s risk, insurance, and resilience team has been recognised for their excellence in risk and resilience management at the prestigious national ‘ALARM’ awards.
Sweeping the boards, they won an incredible three of the eight awards that celebrate risk practitioners from across the UK public and third sectors.
Shropshire Council were named national winners of the Resilience Planning Award, national winners of Team of the Year, as well as being shortlisted for the Innovation Award.
Topping the celebrations, Jane Cooper, risk & business continuity team leader, was awarded the highest accolade of the evening: UK Risk Professional of the Year.
The council was commended for their responses over the past two years, managing many concurrent challenges, whilst ensuring continuous delivery of services within the community.
Throughout the pandemic the team have supported the council in working with the NHS to deliver Track and Trace and the accelerated COVID-19 vaccination programme. They also developed new initiatives including the implementation of a Resilience and Response Hub, and simultaneously supported the local community and businesses during numerous flooding incidents and an outbreak of avian influenza.
Gwilym Butler, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for finance and corporate resources, said:-
“I am thrilled the team has been recognised for their exceptionally high standards of effective risk management, consummate care and professionalism by winning three awards at this prestigious event.
“Judges were highly impressed with their exemplary planning and collaborative working that has underpinned the past two years of managing risk and building resilience in the most challenging of times. Their determination to support local communities and businesses has helped reduce the effects of the pandemic, flooding and other challenges within Shropshire.”
Risk Professional of the Year Award
Jane Cooper, risk and business continuity team leader, was awarded the highest accolade of the evening: Risk Professional of the Year. She has been nationally recognised as the very best in her field. Not only the best risk professional in local government, but from across the whole of the UK public sector and third sector.
Jane was nominated by a colleague, with testimonials from others who appreciated her ‘just do it’ attitude and no-nonsense approach. They were also impressed by her commitment to her profession, that she is highly organised, professional in all she delivers, and is 100% reliable. They were inspired by how Jane found new and innovative ways to deal with multiple concurrent incidents, as well as deliver the risk management day job. The judges recognised Jane as not only being a well-respected risk manager, but also for her contribution to the profession, the time she is willing to give to others’ development, and her involvement with ALARM.
Andy Begley, Shropshire Council’s chief executive, said:-
“I am incredibly proud of Jane and what she has achieved. This award reflects Jane’s complete professionalism, positive ‘can do’ attitude and engaging approach, coupled with her wealth of experience and long-standing commitment. Jane’s dedication and passion for her work and drive to help others makes a significant contribution to the lives of Shropshire’s residents.”
The ALARM Risk Awards were created to recognise achievement in risk management, acknowledging the work of risk and insurance practitioners across a number of categories.
More information about ALARM and the awards can be found here:- https://www.alarmrisk.com/risk-awards
Wayne Rigby, ALARM President, said:-
“This year’s awards entries reflect the consummate professionalism and creative thinking of our members and their colleagues. We have been impressed by the quality of all entries, and have enjoyed finding out more about the interesting work done by our members and the wider sector.”