Second place in the very first North East Local Authority Challenge was secured by a six-strong team from Middlesbrough who combined their abilities and experience to compete against 16 other council, ambulance service and police teams, including a second Middlesbrough team.
The Local Authority Challenge saw the team of six spend the day as the leadership management team of a fictional local authority, encountering many of the tasks that a real corporate team would deal with over the course of months, within the eight hours of the challenge.
Each group was assessed continually throughout the day as they worked together to deliver a new strategy for the council.
The event was held recently at Durham Cricket Club and saw a Middlesbrough Council team, the self-styled “Erimus Collective” led by the authority’s Director of Prevention and Partnerships Rob Brown take second place overall behind winners Gateshead Council.
The team also finished in the top three for “Media and Communications” and “Best Scrutiny Presentation”.
Rob, who was joined by able lieutenants Kim Flynn, Jennifer Barker, Craig Cowley, Lindsay Cook and Kay Dargue, said: “It was a real team effort and I think overall we can all be proud of our efforts in finishing second in a very competitive field.”
Middlesbrough Council Chief Executive Tony Parkinson added: “I was delighted to see our staff put up such a strong show against our friends and colleagues in authorities across the North East.
“The event itself can be light hearted and fun for those taking part but it is also about being proud of working for Middlesbrough Council, building team ethics and creating a positive environment where everyone is aiming to be the best.
“The more we embed our values of being passionate about Middlesbrough, of integrity, creativity, collaboration and being focused on what matters, the more staff will be happy and fulfilled in their work and our residents will see the benefit of that in the services we provide.”