Cabinet Member scoops prestigious national digital improvement award

Resources Cabinet Member,John Chilver, has received a topnational honourforleading digital improvement at Buckinghamshire County Council.

Johnwonthe prestigious Technology and Digital Award atTuesday’s (Nov 7) Councillor Achievement Awards in London.Organised by the local democracy think tank, the LGiU, the awards are theonly national celebration ofcouncillors’ workfrom right across the country.

John was selected by a panel of judges made up of local government experts and councillors forleading projects that have improved digital infrastructure and education. In particular, John haspromoted paperless meetings, which has saved the Council £17,000 in printing and paper costs, as well asimprovingthe waylocal residentsaccess services on-line.This has included the ‘find my child a school place’ project and the new digital waste permit scheme.

After receiving the award, John said, “I’m delighted to have been presented with the award, which is recognition of our progress with digital transformation. All credit must go to ourtechnology and digital teams for the fantastic and innovative work they have done.”

Jonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive of theLGiU said: “I would like to extend my most sincere congratulations to Cllr Chilver and thank him for his commitment to local government. We look forward to hearing more about his continued accomplishments in future.

“Year after year we take the time to honour the dedicated work of councillors from across the country because so often it goes unrecognised. Despite ever tightening budgets, councils continue to ensure that essential services are delivered on the ground, day after day. They play a crucial role in keeping our communities connected, and safe. Celebrating their achievements is more important than ever.”