Merton Manager Is Top Public Servant

Christine honoured for leisure and culture work

Merton Council's leisure and culture manager, Christine Parsloe, has won The Guardian's Public Servant of the Year award.

She was awarded the top pubic servant accolade in the country last night. Winning the award recognises the hard work Christine has done, including her key role in bringing the London Olympic and Paralympic Games to Merton in 2012 with no specific funding for the task.

Thanks to the legacy of Christine's work, a BMX track has opened in Mitcham, Wimbledon Park now boasts two beach volleyball courts and 116,000 children have tried out activities at its watersports centre.

As well as helping 147,000 people line the streets of Merton as the Olympic torch relay passed through, Christine also arranged for the Queen to visit Mitcham during the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Leader of Merton Council, Councillor Stephen Alambritis said: "Christine truly deserves this award as she is a real public service champion and a fantastic ambassador for Merton Council and the local community. Thanks very much to everyone who voted and did their bit to make sure that Christine's hard work is recognised."

November 13, 2013

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Christine Parsloe accepting her Outstanding Employee of the Year award at the Merton Council Staff Excellence Awards 2013