Socitm Awards 2012
Presented at the conference award dinner, Socitm's annual awards recognise technology professional members who have demonstrated outstanding 'excellence, innovation, improvement and service' to the public and third sectors.
Mark Adams-Wright of Suffolk CC receives the Socitm Digital Engagement award from Socitm president, Kay Brown, on behalf of Suffolk CC (left).
Suffolk ran a community hack day in which people with little or no experience of programming developed apps using the Jadu 'weejot' mobile app developer tool that they thought would be useful. The winner, a 17 year old local resident, created an app that is now used by the council - and as an additional bonus, as a result of this work, he has also secured a sponsored university place and a job.
The three winners in Socitm's Innovation Award category were:
- LB Newham (above left), for its work on a citizen account and for achieving a significant take up of digital services in one of the most deprived areas of Britain - received by Geoff Connell on behalf of Newham.
- Surrey CC, for its 'Modern Worker' programme and 'BYOD' initiatives - received by Nick Roberts, Mark Edridge and Justin Wood (pictured centre).
- LB Hillingdon for having moved a significant number of processes into the 'cloud' and in so doing demonstrating year on year savings. Hillingdon are recognised as one of the early adopters of 'larger scale' cloud services within local government. The award was received by CIO and Socitm past-president, Steve Palmer, on behalf of Hillingdon (far right).
Gemma Gibb of Strathclyde Fire & Rescue won this year's coveted Socitm Graham Williamson Research Award - pictured left receiving the award from Socitm managing director, Adrian Hancock. Gemma will use the award grant to spend time in both the UK and in the USA researching the use of 'digital tools' to engage with citizens.
Steve Jones of Conwy council won the Socitm ICT Service Award (pictured right)for achieving one of the highest results in the history of the annual Socitm 'Benchmarking User Satisfaction' survey.
Manchester City Council and East Riding each received Socitm Web Awards (pictures below). Manchester for its innovative work in the research and use of web apps to give access services via mobile platforms and East Riding for the 'most improved website'. In the Socitm Better Connected survey, East Riding's website moved from 1 star to 4 stars in just twelve months.
Finally, two Members Awards were presented in recognition of members who have served Socitm or the wider sector in particularly effective ways and often from their own time or on top of very busy 'day jobs':
- Dr Bernard Gudgin (below left) - for his invaluable contributions towards the professionalism agenda within Socitm and wider government serving on the Socitm Members Board and as a representative on the Government IT Profession.
- Tonino Ciuffini from Warwickshire CC (below right) - recognised for his very significant work, on behalf of local government, on the development of the 'G Cloud' programme.
Photos: Terry Street