A UK executive has won a prestigious European award for her work in promoting excellence in public service.

Debbie Simpson has been voted one of the most influential  people in her field in Europe and praised for her work in helping public authorities become more efficient through developing their staff.

Mrs Simpson, Chief Executive of The Institute for Continuous Improvement in Public Service, has been recognised by the Lean Management Journal in its annual European awards.

The award comes just three years after Mrs Simpson founded ICIPS as a charitable trust. In that time the Institute has supported Government, local authorities, health trusts and charities across the country.

“Public services are under sustained pressure from budget cuts and changes in public expectation but our support services are already having a beneficial impact, with increased knowledge and understanding which, in turn, improve public services.

“Our service is available to anyone involved in the delivery of public services. Through a range of educational activities and support we are helping organisations to meet the needs of the public more effectively and efficiently.”

ICIPS provides resources to enable the sharing of best practice and the development of collaborative networks. It also undertakes research and offers professional membership.

Mrs Simpson, was previously on the Senior Civil Service working as Deputy Director of Shared Services at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

The presentation of the LMJ awards will take place in Amsterdam in July.

More information on ICIPS can be found at www.icips.org or Contact Debbie Simpson on 07906 623432.