Mayor’s office receives top award

Mayoress of the borough of Scarborough Hon Alderman Sheila Kettlewell, Irene Webster, Mayor of the borough of Scarborough Cllr Hazel Lynskey and Christine Sherburn

Mayoress of the borough of Scarborough Hon Alderman Sheila Kettlewell, Irene Webster, Mayor of the borough of Scarborough Cllr Hazel Lynskey and Christine Sherburn

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THE MAYOR’S office at Scarborough Borough Council has received a top national award.

The team, which assists the mayor in her day-to-day business, was awarded second place in the Civic Office of the Year Award 2011.

Civic officer Irene Webster runs the office with assistant Christie Sherburn and said: “As a small team with responsibility for a very busy mayoral calendar, I am pleased that we have been recognised on a national level.”

The office scored top marks for innovation, cost effectiveness and promotion of the mayor and the work it does all year round in serving the council and local community.

SBC mayor Hazel Lynskey, who encouraged the team to enter the award, said: “I am delighted that they have been officially recognised for the excellent work they do.

“The award is very well deserved and I know they are justifiably proud of what they have achieved.”

Mrs Webster has been in her role for 11 years, which has seen her working with 12 different mayors and administering thousands of civic engagements.

She added: “We are constantly striving to provide a cost effective service that benefits the council and the local community, which is why developing partnerships to help deliver key community events is so important and helps to avoid additional costs to the council.”

The award was given by the National Association of Civic Officers, which is designed to promote work undertaken by mayoral offices across the country.