Will Griffith, Lancaster City Council’s public realm manager, won the ‘rising star’ category at the annual Local Government Chronicle awards on Wednesday, March 13.
The awards recognise the best of local government and saw Will beat off competition from six other local authorities to win the coveted prize.
Will was the unanimous choice of the judges, who noted that the council faces a huge task in making savings while improving quality of service for its residents.
Rather than cut services, the council is becoming more commercial, ambitious and innovative. By applying what he has learned through his career with the council, Will is transforming how it manages its public realm.
Their award citation adds that Will is a “hugely impressive individual who absolutely loves local government. A genuine rising star.”
Will, who started work for the city council in 2002 as a lifeguard at Salt Ayre Leisure Centre and has also managed Williamson Park during his time with the city council, said: “I’m extremely honoured to have won this award.
“It has been great to have my role at Lancaster City Council recognised by the judges, but I wouldn’t have been able to achieve this without the help and support of my fantastic colleagues.
“I’d like to thank everyone at Lancaster City Council for the fantastic opportunities provided to me over the years.”
Mark Davies, Director for Communities and the Environment, added: “This award is extremely well-deserved and testament to the hard work and dedication Will has shown over the many years he has worked for the council. He has consistently demonstrated exceptional skills and commitment and delivered outstanding results.”
Last updated: 18 March 2019