Rising Star Award Shortlist

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Jonathan La Porta

Department for Education (DfE)

Jonathan’s delivery and performance is recognised at the top end of his peer group. His skillset comprises of a range of complex procurement approaches and sourcing strategies. Jonathan played an integral role in securing 2m laptops for schools across the UK during COVID, netting £46m in savings. Jonathan moved to England from Italy approximately 8 years ago and not only become fluent in his written and oral communications but has applied himself with such as strong work ethic and driven mentality to become one of the top G7s within DfE and has a bright future ahead of him.

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Liberty Hanson

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

Liberty joined DWP through Covid as a Case Manager, quickly progressing to Employer Engagement Lead for Dorset on temporary promotion. Her absolute focus on improving customers’ lives, alongside her innovation and leadership of her team, secured positive recognition from Senior Leaders and National Employer and Partnership colleagues.

Liberty prioritised building capability, empowering her team to be innovative and creative in their approach, following her lead. She is brave and bold, challenges the status quo to bring about performance improvements, enabling coaching to build customer capability and increasing work outcomes. She brings energy and her positivity is infectious. 

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Patrick Gilligan

Companies House

When it comes to exemplary dedication, courage, resilience, and exceptional contributions to the UKG Civil Service in Northern Ireland, Patrick Gilligan stands out as a shining star. Since joining Companies House just 3 years ago in his first EO position, Patrick has demonstrated remarkable potential as he genuinely embraces all opportunities to expand his knowledge and experience. Patrick has successfully applied for challenging promotions and is now the acting Head of Belfast Operations, with responsibility for office performance and the preparations for implementation of the new Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill into Northern Ireland.