Every year we celebrate the achievements of our employees at an annual awards event, which is part of our Special Thanks and Recognition Scheme (STARS).

We're looking for you as residents, customers and users of our services, to nominate individuals or teams who you believe deserve to be recognised.

Nominations for the STARS annual staff awards have  now closed. The shortlisting will take place in April and the winners will be announced at the end of June.

Award categories

Awards are given in four categories:

Best employee
Best manager
Best team
Young person of the year - (recognising the work of employees aged 25 and under)

Criteria for nominations: Our values and standards of behaviour

STARS recognises, rewards and celebrates the achievements of employees who excel at our values and standards of behaviour:

  • delivering excellent customer service
  • taking responsibility
  • showing Resilience
  • working Together
  • leading by example

Full details of the council's values and standards of behaviour

Each nomination for Best Employee, Best Manager and Best Team should give specific examples of how the individual or team excel at the council's values and standards of behaviour (in no more than 200 words).

Each nomination for Young Person of the Year should give specific examples of how the individual has shown exceptional skills and commitment to their job and understood and demonstrated our values and standards of behaviour(in no more than 200 words).

Shortlisting and judging

The shortlist will be announced in April.

There are two judging panels, one made up of staff from across the council and the other consisting of the council's Management Board.

The awards presentation

The awards presentation will take place in June 2018.

All shortlisted individuals and teams will be invited to attend the presentation.


We welcome feedback about our services and employees all year round.  This can be done at any time by using the comments, compliments and complaints form.

Comments, compliments and complaints form

Page last updated 01/04/2018