Staff awarded for 25 years of service at Calderdale Council

Staff receiving their Long Service Awards from the Mayor of Calderdale, Cllr Howard Blagbrough and the Mayoress, Mrs Catherine Kirk.

Staff receiving their Long Service Awards from the Mayor of Calderdale, Cllr Howard Blagbrough and the Mayoress, Mrs Catherine Kirk.

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Long serving staff at Calderdale Council have been rewarded for their hard work at the Council’s Long Service Award ceremony at Halifax Town Hall.

Staff who have worked for the Council for 25 years attended the ceremony last month, where their individual stories were presented and recognised by the Mayor of Calderdale, Councillor Howard Blagbrough.

Seven staff received their recognition award from the Mayor and while they all had very different stories and career paths, it was clear that the level of service they all have provided over the years has really benefitted the people of Calderdale.

The Mayor of Calderdale, Coun Howard Blagbrough, said: “I was delighted to attend the Long Service Award Ceremony to celebrate the hard work of Council employees and listen to their stories about how the Council and their roles have changed in their time working here.”

The staff who received awards were Dawn Jowett, Gail Siddall, Janet Morris, Julie Killey, Jason Oldroyd, Tahira Iqbal and Richard Binks.

Dawn started working for the Council in April 1991 as a Senior Typist and during her service she has seen many changes and supported many Senior Managers, Heads of Service and Directors.

Gail began her Council career in June 1991 as a Temporary Care Assistant and was based at Skircoat Green Aged Persons Home.

Janet started as a Word Processor Operator within Legal and in August 2001, Janet moved into the post of Clerical Officer in Building Consultancy Services before transferring to the post of Information Governance Officer in April 2012, the post she holds today.

Julie commenced working for the Council as a Monitoring Officer in the former Schools and Children’s Services Directorate and is currently Service Manager in the Strategic Commissioning team.

Jason’s service began when he was employed at Bermerside Special School, now known as Ravenscliffe High, as a Non Teaching Assistant and during his career he has helped numerous young people.

Tahira commenced working for the Council as a Trainee Environmental Health Officer and quickly progressed to Environmental Health Officer.

Richard started as a Technician Engineer in the Borough Engineer’s Department and during his time at the Council he was involved in many high profile street scape and regeneration work, including designing the new square by St Michael’s Church in Mytholmroyd and working with developers on projects such as Broad Street Plaza.