Collaboration Award Shortlist

An Ambitious Civil Service

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Darlington Economic Campus Image

The Darlington Economic Campus Cross-Government Leadership and Project Team

Cross-government (HMT, DBT, DLUHC, DSIT, DESNZ, ONS, DCMS, CMA and DFE)

Since Darlington was chosen in March 2021 as the location of the economic campus, the new government hub has changed the way that government works together. Through a joint leadership team and collaborative and innovative work across eight departments and agencies, we have delivered a fully interoperable office enabling seamless working across nine departments, over 700 staff in post, an outreach programme which has undertaken roughly 200 engagements with local public, private and community sector stakeholders, and through the construction – thousands spent with local companies, local labour, apprentices and SMEs benefiting from the build.

DWP logo for Devon and Cornwall Afghan Team

Devon and Cornwall Afghan Team

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

Richard Dart (Employer Adviser), Tony George (Partnership Manager), Lucy Elmslie (Work Coach) and Mandy Willington (Supported Families Adviser) have been described as exemplars in their fields by the Group Director for the work they have undertaken supporting Afghan customers from arrival to the notification of the closure of the two Bridging Hotels they work within. They have embodied the DWP values in a challenging environment. They have paved the way for a flexible, targeted approach, collaborating with other Government Departments, partners and stakeholders to successfully fulfil the exit strategy.

Eurovision 2023 Team

Eurovision 2023 Team

Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)

The UK hosted the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 on behalf of Ukraine. DCMS was the lead government department. The Eurovision team in DCMS was assembled from across the department from officials volunteering part of their time in addition to their day jobs. In just six months (half the usual amount of time to prepare for the Eurovision Song Contest) the team in DCMS collaborated across Arms Length Bodies, central government, regional and local government in Liverpool, the BBC, operational partners, and Ukrainian institutions to ensure that the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 and Liverpool’s host city programme were a success.