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Message from Managing Director, Emma Alexander - 23 December 2021

Published on 23 December 2021.

As we come towards the end of 2021, I'd like to thank each of you for your continued dedication to the people of Derbyshire, many of you going the extra mile while the pandemic is still with us.

We've done outstanding work in the face of unprecedented challenges and we continue to build on the strength we've shown over the past 2 years. Across all departments, colleagues have worked together internally, with local people and with partners to deliver high quality services and support our communities. This dedication has been reflected in a number of awards and nominations that individuals and teams received this year.

I really welcomed the opportunity last week to speak directly to some of you to express my thanks during our first ever thank you week. It was fantastic to see so many of you taking the time to send messages of thanks to colleagues and it was a great opportunity to focus our attention on the need to recognise the efforts of others. If you attended one of the thank you drop-in sessions, please let me know what you thought.

Once again, we'll all be very mindful of the pandemic this Christmas and unfortunately, we can't predict what's around the corner. What we do know as we move into 2022 is that as an enterprising council we can continue looking outward and forward to drive positive change that will benefit us all.

I hope that you're able to enjoy some time off over the festive period but I know many of you will be at work continuing to keep vital services running.

If you're working or on standby over Christmas then I thank you for your commitment to Derbyshire residents.

Christmas holidays can be a difficult time for those who don’t have friends and family around them. If you feel that you need some support or someone to talk to, please remember that there is a range of wellbeing support available.

I wish you all a merry Christmas and a very happy new year.