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Press Release

Civic Awards winners announced

Date: 8 April 2017

Brentwood Borough Council has announced the winners of the Civic Awards 2016.

The awards recognise individuals who have dedicated their time to help others in Brentwood. They were presented at the Civic Dinner on Friday 7 April, at Hutton Mount Banqueting Suite, Mount Avenue, Hutton Mount.

The three winners are:

  • Service to the Community – Clive Othen
  • Service to the Community – Chris Luck
  • Lifetime Achievement – Geoff Morgan

The Civic Awards Judging Panel said they were impressed with the quality of the nominations which showed the breadth of good work they had done in the community.

Mayor of Brentwood, Councillor Noelle Hones, said: “During my time as Mayor, I have met so many members of our community who selflessly give their time and devote their lives to helping others. It is right that we can give them the recognition that they deserve.

It is because of these local heroes, and their commitment to the work they do that makes Brentwood a better place to live.”

Clive Othen said: “It was a complete surprise to me to be given this award, especially because I really enjoyed serving in the Borough of Brentwood. It is a great honour to be presented with the Council’s Service to the Community Award. I would like to feel that my community contribution has made a difference in the Borough.

In accepting this award, I would like to thank my wife, The Brentwood Chamber of Commerce, The Brentwood Borough Renaissance Group and the Brentwood Borough Council whose support has been exemplary. In very difficult economic times the ‘team’ support has been first class.”

Chris Luck said: ““I was very surprised and feel really honoured to receive this award. It’s been a wonderful journey and privilege serving the parents, children and congregation of St Peter’s Church, School and Village for the last 20 years or so.

However, I would not have managed this without the tolerant support of my family and so many friends in that same local community. An example might be the Park Ranger who assisted us, and the two parents who “strategically” parked their cars, to keep access open for emergency parking at last year’s South Weald Festival, following flooding of our main car park only 24 hours before!”

Geoff Morgan said: “I have been interested and involved in education for a long time and helping people to have opportunities to improve their situations and to progress. It is an honour to receive the Civic Award and I am grateful to have been able to work with so many people and organisations to help to achieve a better future for Brentwood residents, especially young people and those disadvantaged.”



Notes to editors: 

Clive Othen - Service to the Community

Clive has devoted a good part of his time over the years to contributing to the Borough of Brentwood in economic, charitable, heritage and civic functions.

While he was Chair of Brentwood Renaissance Group he oversaw the re-invigoration of local shops in Shenfield through inspiring local businesses to work collaboratively and bring back community spirit to the town centre.

He has supported local traders in Brentwood town centre as they developed Brentwood’s Children’s Literary Festival, supporting bids and advising on opportunities. He has helped small and large businesses to come together to make our shopping areas better places to be.

Clive has sought to be a conduit of the local shops’ concerns to the council and develop practical, real world solutions to the challenges the shops are facing. Beyond this he has encouraged measures to challenge the negatives of the night-time economy, preserve our heritage assets and develop new opportunities for businesses looking to start in Brentwood. This commitment to wider economic development, far outside of his own personal interests, and the even greater time commitments it has demanded demonstrates the level of his commitment.

Clive served as the Chairman of Brentwood’s Chamber of Commerce for some five years, increasing its membership, activities and impact for the community. He has remained a committed and engaged member in developing our town.

Beyond this, Clive has worked with numerous charities on fundraising and business management – including being a director of the Lighthouse Furniture Project’s trading arm – giving his skills and expertise to make a local charity successful. He cares deeply about our town heritage and worked with Councillor Mark Reed during his time as Mayor to present the Market Charters in 2016 after he found the original 13th century scrolls, and had them translated and explained.

Chris Luck - Service to the Community

Chris has an impressive number of years’ service – 34 years – that he has helped in the community. He has had a strong commitment locally in a variety of roles. His nomination showed the amount of effort he has put into Brentwood, local schools and working with children.

Chris was a governor at Shenfield High School, whilst his two daughters attended. At that time, he helped develop the May Fair, securing significant funding. Later he was a governor at St Peter’s School and in 2009 became the chair of governors. During this time, in response to a consultation from Essex County Council on the future use of Sawyer’s Hall College, he proposed the idea of establishing a Church of England secondary school there, which eventually became Becket Keys School.

He has been the driving force behind the development of the South Weald Festival since 1990, one of the largest events in the Brentwood area by attendance, proceeds and length of the event. He has been coordinating main events/advertising/sponsorship/liaison since 1999. It started initially over a weekend, and more recently lasted almost a fortnight, attracting 4,000 people and raising more than 20,000.

Lastly, he has served the local community, especially St Peter’s Church, since 1978. He has been a churchwarden from 2003-2009, served on the Parochial Church Councils (PCC) from 1989 to 2016, served on the Deanery Synod from 1993-2003 and Diocesan Synod from 1997-2003. He was actively involved with raising money and trying to get a new and bigger church meeting room built, the Belli Centre, which now provides a valuable community resource.

Geoff Morgan - Lifetime Achievement

Geoff has dedicated many years to helping others, ranging from his work in schools and colleges, to his charitable endeavours and his work with Citizens Advice Brentwood.

For 27 years, he served as both governor and chair of governors for St Martin’s School, including during a time when the school moved from being a local authority school to an academy. His aim when taking up the appointment and subsequently working with three different head teachers was to achieve a broad and balanced curriculum. As someone who has broad based skills himself, he led an expansion of the school and sixth form from 1000 to 1700 pupils. He was in the right place to advise and when necessary, to drive change and be a critical friend if necessary.

He worked on and was personally involved in multi-million-pound building programmes renewing the teaching blocks, new arts block, library/ information block, expanded sixth form block and all weather school’s sports facilities. When he stood down the school gave him the honour by naming the new teaching block after him.

Geoff became Chairman of Citizens Advice Brentwood six years ago and garnered support to raise thousands of pounds and sought financial donations, including a 200,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund and providing commissioned services to Brentwood Borough Council. He also promoted the establishment of a help desk at the Town Hall to help advise residents.

Geoff was part of the Brentwood Becket Rotary Club; having served for 26 years, he became President a member of several committees and has overseen the giving of thousands of pounds to charity. One of his projects was working with heart charity SADs UK and personally leading a project with monies donated by his club to provide defibrillators to most senior schools and some primary schools in the Brentwood area, along with the necessary training for teaching and support staff.

He has also been part of the Brentwood Round Table and Brentwood 41 Club for more than 40 years serving the local community, and is currently club chairman for the second time, overseeing donations and help given to many charities.

And finally, Geoff has been a board member of Havering College of Further and Higher Education for the past four years and also sits on the remuneration committee; he has proved to be of huge benefit to the college.

He is highly commended for his work and the service he has given over many years and continues to do so despite having a serious cardiac arrest a few years ago.

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