Prime Minister's Award for Exceptional Public Service
DCMS Digital Communications Team
Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)
This nomination is for the DCMS Digital Comms Team for its service during Her Majesty The Queen’s funeral, by creating, launching and managing the innovate live Queue Tracker for the queue to view the Lying-in-State. After consulting several large providers who hadn’t yet identified a solution, the team built their own within 48 hours, ready to launch when the Lying-in-State opened days later. This was a hugely successful public service, helping people plan their visit with live data 24/7 that reached 10 million people on YouTube and was broadcast around the world.
Financial Stability Team
Faced with the prospect of the sudden collapse of the British arm of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), HM Treasury worked effectively at incredible pace and under huge pressure over the weekend of 11/12 March to help facilitate a successful sale to HSBC and avert potential instability in the wider banking system. Their work helped protect £7bn of deposits and averted the imminent possibility of swathes of the UK tech and life-sciences sector, where many vital companies banked only with SVB UK, facing collapse as they would have been unable to meet costs or pay staff on Monday 13 March.
Department for Work and Pensions
As Lead Advisor for the Durham Tees Valley District pilot for the Patient Advisory Service, Martin has taken the lead since the launch in 2008 to build a valuable and successful support programme. This support service enables both employed and unemployed patients to build their confidence towards a return to work helping to reduce the risk of long term unemployment and /or long term health journeys. Martin and the team have helped to support over 1600 patients back into work since the programme started.