An event was held at Waltham Forest depot last night to celebrate the achievements of staff who had shown consistent exceptional service and gone beyond the call of duty. Each had previously won Waltham Forest’s Employee of the Month award over the past eleven months. To win the Employee of the Month, the staff had either been nominated directly by one of the schools or day centres we work with or as a result of an external commendation being received.

The highlight of the evening was the Employee of the Year award - chosen by a staff ballot from the eleven monthly winners plus a ‘wildcard’ nomination. Close to half of all staff voted for their choice of winner and the result was extremely close – with just four votes separating the top four places.

The winners of the Employee of the Year award were driver and passenger assistant team Jeff Thompson and Stephanie Llewelyn. They had been nominated for their Employee of the Month award by the Assistant Principal at Whitefield School who said that “Jeff and Stephanie deal with a challenging group of young people with very good humour and a real concern for their wellbeing.”

Second place went to Marlene Stewart, a Passenger Assistant on SEN transport, with third and fourth places going to Jaffa Abubakar and Albertha Allick respectively.

Jude Winter, Deputy Chief Executive, who was presenting the awards, said “I was really moved when I read the commendations – it is our frontline staff who really make a difference, living the values of the organisation every day. I’d like to congratulate Jeff and Stephanie - our Waltham Forest Employees of the Year - plus each and every winner of the Employee of the Month award – and I thank them for their work.”

Winners of Employee of the Month – Waltham Forest

September 2014: Ahmet Dervish

October 2014: Olayemi ‘Dee’ Fashoyin

November 2014: Peter Ginty

December 2014: Route 4 Crew - Driver Salim Salim and Escort Tina Tatham

January 2015: Sukhwinder ‘Sukh’ Johal

February 2015: Rosetta ‘Rosie’ Harper

March 2015: Jaffa Abubakar (Third place, Employee of the Year)

April 2015: Route 16 Crew – Driver Jeff Thompson and Escort Stephanie Llewelyn (Winners, Employee of the Year)

May 2015: Marlene Stewart (Runner up, Employee of the Year)

June 2015: Paul Mills

July 2015: Sid Field

‘Wildcard’ Nomination: Albertha Allick (Fourth place, Employee of the Year)

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