New Year honour for cleansing manager

31 December 2013 in Council and democracy and Environment and Mayor
A man who has spent his working life dedicated to keeping the streets of Newham clean has been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the prestigious New Year Honours list.
John Wild, 50, joined Newham Council in 1982 as a labourer in the cleansing team and has worked his way up to become cleansing manager. His BEM has been awarded for services to residents and the environment in Newham.
The award comes in the wake of John's successful contribution to the 2012 Games, which saw thousands of visitors coming to Newham every day. The borough’s exceptionally clean streets contributed to the success of the Games, ensuring people who came to the borough were left with a good impression.
Mayor Sir Robin Wales said: “During his 31 years at the council John has made the cleanliness of the borough his priority. Cleaning the streets can often seem a thankless task but John has carried out his duties with enthusiasm and passion.
“Newham is a difficult borough to keep clean because of our transient population but John has been pivotal in ensuring the levels of cleanliness on our streets are among the highest in London. I am delighted his tremendous work over many years has been acknowledged in such a public way. On behalf of residents and everyone at Newham Council I congratulate him.”
Newham Council chief executive Kim Bromley-Derry said: “John’s professional and passionate attitude towards his job is well known. Residents, councillors and colleagues have praised his rapid responses to their enquiries, even responding when he is not at work. His leadership means his staff are continually motivated despite carrying out what can be a difficult job.”
John said: “I am very proud to receive this honour and I dedicate it to my family for their continued support. However this award is as much for all the front-line cleansing staff in Newham as it is for me. They work hard every day and that makes my job so much easier so I thank them too.
Another Newham recipient in the New Year honours was Shahed Ahmed, the head teacher of Elmhurst Primary School in Forest Gate, which has been judged as outstanding by inspectors Ofsted. He has received an OBE.
Mayor Sir Robin Wales said: “It is great to see that Shahed’s outstanding work at Elmhurst School is being recognised. Newham has one of the youngest populations and education is vitally important to give our children the best start in life. This honour is richly deserved.”