The process of selecting award winners has 2 stages.
On 11 October 2018, 2 experienced senior officers from Thurrock Council will review all nominations received and give each one a score based on pre-set criteria. The 4 highest-scoring nominations in each category will be shortlisted and go forward for final judging.
Where multiple nominations are received for an individual or team, only the highest scoring of these would – if shortlisted – go forward for final judging, but judges will be told the total number of nominations that were received.
On 25 October 2018, each shortlisted nomination will be discussed in depth and re-scored by panels of judges. The highest scoring nomination in each category will be the winner.
The panel for each category will be made up of 2 sponsors and 1 council officer. The panel will not told the names of nominees they are judging, and efforts will be made to avoid conflicts of interest.