15 April 2005
It is rare for the public sector to boast about its achievements. But next week there will be good reason to celebrate – as Public Finance announces the winners of its annual Public Servants of the Year Awards.
This year's ceremony will be bigger than ever. More than 700 people will gather at London's Grosvenor House Hotel to see the awards presented on Monday May 10. The event has been endorsed by Prime Minister Tony Blair and is again supported by CIPFA, the Cabinet Office and the Office of Government Commerce.
There are 13 categories plus two overall awards – the Outstanding Public Service Team of the Year and the Outstanding Public Servant of the Year. The latter prize is now in its fourth year and is highly regarded in the public sector. Previous winners have included firefighter Danielle Cotton and tax officer Christine Golden.
Whoever follows in their footsteps will be someone who has made an exceptional contribution to public services.
We believe the Outstanding Public Servant of the Year will be a role model from whom we can all learn. He or she will have been chosen from a range of high-quality entries that have impressed a team of scrutineers and judges led by Sir Michael Lyons.
This year we are delighted that Cabinet Secretary Sir Andrew Turnbull will speak at the ceremony, which will again be hosted by Dermot Murnaghan from BBC News and Mary Nightingale from ITN News.
Next week's issue of Public Finance will publicise some of the winners' stories and give a flavour of what happens on the night. We believe the awards show what the best of our public services can achieve.