How the award winners are chosen
The process of selecting award winners has 2 stages.
Each award category is shortlisted by 2 senior officers from Thurrock Council with expertise in the award's area. Each nomination is scored against set criteria. The 4 highest-scoring nominations in each category will be submitted for final judging.
Multiple nominations are judged individually. If selected, the highest scoring nomination will be selected for final judging. At the final judging stage, judges will be made aware that multiple nominations were received.
A panel of judges made up of sponsors and senior officers from Thurrock Council comes together in groups that are decided in advance. They discuss in-depth each shortlisted nomination and agree a new score for each one. Judges do not know the identities of those who are nominated, and efforts are made to avoid conflicts of interest.
Each award category is judged by 2 sponsors and 1 council officer.