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Rising Stars in Scotland

Rising Stars in Scotland

APSE is delighted to announce the the winners of the APSE Scotland Rising Star Awards 2019.

These awards provide an excellent opportunity for local authorities to put forward their most deserving individuals; those with innovative ideas and solutions to the current challenges facing Scottish frontline services.

Speaking of the awards, APSE Principal Advisor for Scotland Louise Melville said, "At a time of financial uncertainty for council services in Scotland, it is hugely encouraging to see such a high level of commitment and inventiveness from this year's finalists. Whether it is developing highly successful mentoring programmes, tackling the scourge of funeral poverty or finding creative ways to reduce the costs of a service, the winners of this year's awards have a very bright future; their councils and communities should be extremely proud of their achievements."

The winners were announced at the APSE Scotland Fleet, Waste and Grounds Seminar in Aviemore on Thursday 16 May 2019. 


For a gallery of all of this year's finalists click here


APSE Scotland Rising Star Award 2019 Finalists

Fleet (sponsored by Geesinknorba)

Bronze: Andrew Jones-Lofting, HGV Mechanic, Fife Council

Bronze: Grant Lackie, Transport & Waste Assistant, East Lothian Council 

Silver: Debbie Gordon, Fleet Officer, Dundee City Council

Silver: Ricky Dunbar, Public Transport and Transport Co-ordinator, Midlothian Council

Gold: Mark Cox, Assistant Fleet Care Officer, Transport Services, East Ayrshire Council


Parks, Grounds & Streets (sponsored by Contenur UK)


Bronze: Jess Cassidy, Lead Operative (Specialist Arborist), Fife Council 

Silver: Daniel Shand, Charge Hand, Aberdeen City Council 

Silver: Nick Kelly, Acting Outdoor Services Manager, East Ayrshire Council

Gold: Tam Rennie, Cemeteries Supervisor, Stirling Council


Waste & Recycling (sponsored by Zero Waste Scotland)

Bronze: Jack Lochans, Project Manager, Programme Management Unit, Renfrewshire Council

Bronze: Richard White, Projects Officer, Dundee City Council

Silver: Jenni Nicolson, Recycling Officer, Environment & Infrastructure, Renfrewshire Council

Silver: Malcolm Rae, Waste Services Manager, East Ayrshire Council 

Silver: Nina Cameron, Strategic Projects Assistant, Dundee City Council 

Gold: Ross Largue, Waste Services Officer, East Lothian Council 



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Promoting excellence in public services

APSE (Association for Public Service Excellence) is a not for profit unincorporated association working with over 300 councils throughout the UK. Promoting excellence in public services, APSE is the foremost specialist in local authority frontline services, hosting a network for frontline service providers in areas such as waste and refuse collection, parks and environmental services, cemeteries and crematorium, environmental health, leisure, school meals, cleaning, housing and building maintenance.






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