OBE for ded­i­ca­tion to pub­lic ser­vice

Coun­cil deputy chief given New Year hon­our

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Will Ack­er­mann will.ack­er­mann@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A TOP pub­lic ser­vant has been given an OBE in the New Year Hon­ours.

Jean Palmer, deputy chief ex­ec­u­tive of Hilling­don Coun­cil, has been hon­oured for her ser­vices to the com­mu­nity in Hilling­don.

She has worked in lo­cal gov­ern­ment for 40 years and has spent almost 14 years at the Civic Cen­tre in Uxbridge High Street.

Her achieve­ments in­clude lead­ing the coun­cil’s Business Im­prove­ment De­liv­ery pro­gramme, which the coun­cil says has played an ‘in­te­gral part in achiev­ing sound fi­nan­cial man­age­ment’.

She has also been re­spon­si­ble for the re­fur­bish­ment or re­build of each of the bor­ough’s 17 li­braries, the only project of its kind in the coun­try.

Other achieve­ments in­clude driv­ing for­ward a £150mil­lion school ex­pan­sion pro­gramme, the largest of its kind in London.

Coun­cil leader, Ray Pud­di­foot, him­self an MBE, said: “I have been leader of Hilling­don Coun­cil for 14 years and dur­ing that time I have not come across such a ded­i­cated, tal­ented and hard­work­ing of­fi­cer as Jean Palmer, in this or any other London bor­ough.

“She is an out­stand­ing pub­lic ser­vice em­ployee who I be­lieve is wor­thy of recog­ni­tion for her re­mark­able ded­i­ca­tion and ser­vice to the peo­ple of this bor­ough.”

Dur­ing her time at the coun­cil, Ms Palmer has also been re­spon­si­ble for the de­liv­ery of two new sports cen­tres, one of which houses the first 50m swimming pool to be built in London for more than 40 years.

She has also driven through en­vi­ron­men­tal im­prove­ments that have seen Hilling­don achieve more Green Flags than any other lo­cal au­thor­ity in the coun­try for two years run­ning.

She said: “It’s an hon­our to re­ceive this award, which recog­nises the con­tri­bu­tion made by all of­fi­cers at the coun­cil, who work tire­lessly on be­half of our res­i­dents.

“The award cel­e­brates all the achieve­ments of the bor­ough and af­firms our com­mit­ment to de­liv­er­ing first class ser­vices to our res­i­dents.”

n HON­OUR: Jean Palmer, deputy chief ex­ec­u­tive of Hilling­don Coun­cil

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