Council Worker of the Year Awards 2010

Last updated 25th May 2010

Leo McMulkin, sustainability and energy management group leader for Birmingham City Council, and the entire BCC Gas Maintenance Team have beaten competition from around the UK and are finalists in the Local Government Council Worker of the Year Awards.

Leo is a finalist for the Green Award, and the Gas Maintenance Team is a finalist in the Team Award. The winners in each category will be selected by you, the public – so please, vote now. You don’t have to choose between them, you can vote for both Leo and the Gas team, and you can read more about each of them below.

How to vote

You have a choice of voting options:


Vote for Leo McMulkin

Vote for the Gas Maintenance Team

By text

For the Gas Maintenance Team, text LGATV 2 Birmingham to 80039

For Leo McMulkin, text LGATV 3 LeoM to 80039 (Usual network provider charges apply. Please check prices with your provider, and make sure you have permission from the account holder.)

On paper

Paper forms are available from libraries, neighbourhood offices and council reception areas. You can also download a copy below.

Paper Form


CWOTY_form_1 paper.pdf

Adobe Acrobat file - 224KB

The winners will be announced at a gala dinner to be held on 8 July.

Online and text voting closes on 8 July 2010 (but paper forms need to be returned by 18 June 2010) so please, vote now.


Leo McMulkin, Sustainability and Energy Management Group Leader, who is nominated for the Green Award

More about Leo

Leo McMulkin is pioneering Birmingham’s low carbon future and putting the city’s innovation in sustainability on the international stage.

As sustainability and energy management group leader for Birmingham City Council, he leads officers and public/private sector partners in incorporating sustainability into the city’s services and infrastructure. He is committed to making a difference in Birmingham, and driving forward the city’s ambitious plan to reduce its carbon emissions by 60% by 2026.

The city centre’s ‘combined heat and power system’ has been one of Leo’s major successes. The system – one of the largest in the UK – recycles heat, produced from electricity generation, into key buildings, delivering substantial reductions in CO2 emissions.

Leo is dedicated to achieving a better, greener Birmingham, promoting the project to government and at national and international conferences. He has created a model of best practice, with the scheme receiving a Queen’s Award for Enterprise.


The Gas Maintenance Team, nominated for the Team Award

More about the Gas Team

It’s no mean feat, inspecting 59,000 council homes in a single year but that’s what the gas maintenance team does. Lives are saved every day by ensuring all council tenants have a valid gas safety certificate and completing appliance repairs quickly and safely.

The dedicated band has worked tirelessly and excellent service levels were maintained this winter – the coldest for 10 years with the highest snowfall for 18 years. Many took calls in their own time to ensure customers had heating and hot water in dangerous sub-zero temperatures.

The team has attracted national recognition – Birmingham Audit and CORGI (now the Gas Safety Register) the gas industry’s regulator, both rated the service excellent with Corgi stating it as one of the best, if not the best service they had audited in 2009. But the icing on the cake is that Birmingham’s tenants agree. In recognition of being kept safe and warm in their homes, customer satisfaction levels have risen to 98% with over 17,000 annual feedback forms returned.

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Raffaela Goodby said on 26th May 2010 at 20:38:
I've voted for them both tonight from work and from home. Good luck to them both, I think we need to recognise our public servants and the brilliant service they deliver to the public, especially in the current climate! Good luck!

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