BEST at the Chamberlain Awards - Recognition for Best Leaders and managers

Last updated 17th June 2009
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Named after Joseph Chamberlain, one of Birmingham's most respected civic leaders, the Award Scheme is designed to reward those Birmingham City Council workers who go the extra mile to ensure that the people of Birmingham are delivered quality services. Joseph Chamberlain was a gifted innovator who became Mayor of Birmingham in 1873 and embarked upon a series of reforms that revolutionised the provision of utility services delivered by local government, including development of water-works and gas-works. At Birmingham City Council we believe that all our citizens deserve the best services and that the Birmingham should continue to be one of the best places in which to live, work and relax. The Chamberlain Awards are now into their 3rd year and this year BEST was delighted to have two nominees.

Ralston Du'Quesney, a home care organiser and a BEST Manager was nominated by his team onto the Dynamic Leadership category. His team nominated Ralston as he is a proactive manger who supports his staff in every aspect of their work. He improves staff development through pairing inexperienced carers with older staff and constantly encourages his team, always willing to listen and ‘fight their corner’.

BEST Leader Chantelle Dingwall, an administration assistant, was nominated by her colleagues for the Personal Achievement award. Chantelle is described by her nominator as an enthusiastic leader, excellent communicator, good listener and an inspiration to colleagues. Although she was initially nervous about taking on the role of BEST Leader for her team, Chantelle overcame her nerves to facilitate group discussions, lead discussions and communicate key issues. Chantelle is now more confident about taking the lead and enthusiastic about making positive changes.

The 2007 Chamberlain Awards were held at The ICC, Birmingham on Friday 2nd November.

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