Let’s Hear It For………………….!

…………………. A couple of weeks back we had the second of our own divisional staff celebration events up at Whitehall House in Cheam. It’s an opportunity for us to take some time out as senior managers and celebrate the great work being down by some of you in the different parts of our division.

So along with the nominees, Jackie, Colin, Nigel, Peter, Claudette and I met for afternoon tea – although I have to admit that the timing around lunch time lent itself more to sandwiches than the scones and cake I’d ordered! Still, even when there are scones for lunch, we still engaged in the old debate about cream, jam and which goes on first!


The nominations that we make for our divisional staff celebration are separate from, and in addition to, the nominations we made for the recent Council Staff Awards, which I mentioned in the last blog update. But I wanted to list everybody who was chosen in a separate post because I think it’s important we give the staff we chose for the celebration tea the recognition that their work deserves. So…….the nominations this time round were:

Nicola Deer – SEN Team – chosen for the immediate impact made since Nicola joined SEN last November. Her work and her attention to detail meant that she passed her probationary period with flying colours

Ann Potter – School Admissions – nominated in part for consistently excellent approach to work and specifically for her work on IT aspects of the service provision, especially the CYPLD website info for admissions


Sheila Cruchley – Inclusion Support Service – chosen by Nigel in recognition of Sheila’s leadership of the Learning Support Service

Louise Roberts – Virtual School – for her long-standing commitment to Looked After Children and their educational outcomes in her role in the Virtual School team


Sarah Duggan – Children’s Centres Manager – for the work Sarah’s done on the Children’s Centre Options and the consultation with parents she has led – and on top of that she’s taken over and improved the performance of one of our centres!

Mandy Dennelly – Families Matter – Part of the success of our Families Matter service has been gathering the information we need to prove we’ve made a difference – Mandy has taken a flexible and determined approach to this and it’s been an integral part of Sutton meeting government targets in full and on schedule this year


Lisa Luff – ISYP – who was nominated for some specific work she’d done in conjunction with the Salvation Army and local businesses in providing vulnerable families with food and gifts at Christmas this year

Julie Montebello – ISYP – who was chosen for the Parenting Plus work she’d done, supporting some of our most vulnerable families at some of the most stressful times in their lives – it was a recognition of Julie’s calmness but also her willingness to go the extra mile.


Brian Duffus – YOT – specifically for his oversight on our very successful YOT Triage and the trips he’s organised as part of our Keep It Out Prevention Programme

Liza Martinez – ISYP/Youth Service – because one of the hardest things to do is balance change with still delivering the best service and Liza has done this effectively to shift the focus at Sutton Youth Centre to be increasingly on outcomes

As ever, I’d like to say thank you and well done to everyone who was nominated. On the day of the celebration tea itself, both Lisa L and Brian were on leave so we’ll make sure we invite them along to the next event! We’ve only done these staff celebration teas twice now but it’s quickly become one of my favourite ways to spend time at work – and that’s nothing to do with the scones or the cake!

Please feel free to leave a comment on the celebration awards this time round – even if it’s only to pass on your congratulations to your colleagues – I know they’d appreciate it(click the little speech bubble image at the topof this post!). Then again if you want to comment and join in on the scone/cream/jam debate that’s fine too!

The next staff celebration will be on May 6th and I will look forward to celebrating more of the great work which you all do for the children and families in the borough. And if you feel a little sorry for me in all this – as I can’t ever be nominated for my own awards, well don’t – as I found a way to get my own slice of reflected glory in celebrating your successes. I use this quote from Arthur Conan Doyle’s book, ‘The Valley Of Fear’ …………….


………..Talent it is then!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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