Citizen of the Year Award Winners 2021

Citizen of the year award


Isabel Bottley

Isabel is a volunteer and it is something she has always been dedicated to and passionate about, as shown by her achievements as part of the Castle Point Youth Council (CPYC). She worked with the local district council on projects such as the renovation of local skateparks and youth centres. From this she then stood for the Young Essex Assembly (YEA or Essex Youth Council), an elected group of 75 young people across Essex coming together to campaign and actively work to make positive change for young people.

As a Sixth Form student at The FitzWimarc School in Rayleigh - representing Castle Point and Rochford for four years helping organise an array of different events. For example, working with Essex Police to address young people’s apprehension towards them and the stigma of stop and searches, leading to our community engagement programme.  Also the ‘Youth Music Festival’ where the Young Essex Assembly worked with Essex Music Services to hold a festival in Chelmsford, with the aim to promote healthy wellbeing.

Her experience in the Essex Youth Council allowed her to represent the East of England on the United Kingdom Youth Parliament (UKYP). Elected in 2017, she has used her voice to bring social change for young people, including attending the annual debate in the House of Commons where all 300 UKYP members from across the UK debated youth’s most pressing issues. A key project that was developed from this day was the ‘Anti-knife policy’ working with youth groups across the UK and the Youth Select Committee to create a new initiative against the youth knife-crime epidemic.

Isabel sets an excellent example to all.

Young Citizen Award


Amy Knight

Nominated for her work with the 4th Rochford Scout Group supporting not only their young members but also those of other groups, so they too can get the maximum benefit from their scouting experiences.

Highly Commended

Joshua and Zakary Lamb

Nominated for their “Bag it & Bin it Hawkwell” project funded by their own money and working in collaboration with local groups to encourage dog owners to clean up using drink bottles as bag dispensers.

Lily-Mae Good

Nominated for her work with the youth council helping to plan and film the video Scarlet’s story for the mental health campaign. As a part of the Young Essex Assembly she also attends monthly meetings to contribute her ideas for projects across the whole of Essex.


Clemmie Buckle

Nominated for organising her own cooking classes for children in local Brownie and Rainbow packs helping the children to build on their confidence by learning a new skill. 

Henry Goodchild

Nominated for his litter picking in all weather dedicating hours each week to ensure all can enjoy the district’s beautiful countryside without looking at the litter left by others.

Katie Blunt

Nominated for her work with Kaos youth club arranging zoom meetings for the club and organising games online. Always with a smile on her face helping the 60-80 members during the challenging pandemic.

Lacey French

Nominated for her work as the junior ambassador for RARE which brings awareness to rare disease and chronic illness. Going above and beyond to speak out for an underserved and often misunderstood community. 

Skye Munson

Nominated for her work with Kaos youth club helping those new to feel included and join in the groups forgetting any issues they may have outside the club. She always put the young people first helping with any projects.


Charitable Support Award


Peter Shaw

Nominated for his work and dedication to the Barling Wildlife Nature Reserve. Peter has been instrumental in resurrecting, maintaining and conserving this brilliant facility for future generations. 

Highly Commended

Jean Copeland

Nominated for her work taking dinners to housebound patients. Supplying and cooking all the food. Lifting many spirits during the pandemic.


Charlotte Dickens

Nominated for her work with the charity “Heart to Heart” in bringing the defibrillator project forward. There are now 4 defibrillators funded through the project creating a safer place to live, work, play and visit. Benefiting those living in the area and those visiting.

Darren Parsons 

Nominated for his work with Kaos youth club always putting himself out to arrange things for the youth club to entertain the children. Giving up his own time in the week, school holidays and weekends to raise money for the club.


Community Spirit Award


Tim Neobard

Nominated for his work with Essex Hackspace club which benefits locals by teaching them new skills while encouraging a community spirit and offer companionship. Instrumental in producing PPE visors for care works, individuals and hospitals. Refurbishing and upgrading donated laptops and tablets so they could be gifted to young people so they could continue their school work at home. 

Highly Commended

Jackie Pope

Nominated for her work with Footprints community group. She provides community services to everyone in need. Expanding activities from just young people to 'young people and their families'. The vast experience Jackie has gained, especially in engaging hard to reach young people has helped many in the district.

Scott Williamson

Nominated for his work with the Megacentre in Rayleigh. He called together other community leaders and has been instrumental in establishing the support that has helped so many people in our community. Scott has given so much of his time, if something needs doing – Scott will do it.


Billy Ray Mansell

Nominated for his work with Active Essex, walking and raising money for the Mid & South Essex.  Billy Ray and his son Noah, dress up as Superheroes and walk/run around Rochford brightening the days of the residents. People have been inspired by the Superhero duo to explore the local countryside.

Christine Austin

Nominated for her work raising awareness and educating local residents. Christine’s work is attempting to protect the residents of Rochford and impacts on the district.

Colin Maclean

Nominated for his work hosting a lockdown library safely where people can donate or pick up a book. He collected toiletries for hospital patients, fundraising in support of a variety of different good causes, raising the spirits of local people during difficult and isolating periods.

Darren Parsons

Nominated for his work with Kaos youth club supporting a number of children. He is a huge support to families and nothing is too much trouble for him. He has also arranged several events that have supported outside the area such as supermarket bag packing and litter picks.

Dr Preena Beegoo

Nominated for her work with the Puzey Practice rolling out the Covid-19  vaccination. Dr Beegoo and her team have vaccinated over 12000 residents from all over the district and some residents that live out of the area that are registered with other surgeries in the District.

Helen Cope-Stokes

Nominated for always offering a helping hand to anyone living in or around Great Wakering village and volunteering in the local Royal British legion alongside running a photography group to provide a hobby to individuals.

Ian Foster

Nominated for his work with the Hockley and Hawkwell Social Centre for the Older Person a charitable organisation to help local older residents to counter loneliness.  Giving up valuable time, organising meetings, contributing to fundraising.

Jean & Mark Reardon

Nominated for feeding over 30 vulnerable local residents a Sunday roast during lockdown out of their own money. Always with a cheery smile. Nothing is too much trouble they made sure people were not going without.

John Whatley

Nominated for his work with ‘Friends of Wakering Common’ by providing a beautiful open space for individuals to visit and enjoy. There is also the environmental impact that this open space can have in reducing Co2 emissions. Creating a place for biodiversity for flora and fauna to thrive.

James Gooding

Nominated for his volunteer work litter picking. Making a huge difference to the cleanliness of the Rochford district, reducing the prospect of diseases, wild animal injuries, and indeed making the area a much nicer place to live.

Nicola O’Riodan Finley

Nominated for her work running the 3rd Hockley cub pack along with organising Sunday lunches twice a month for the elderly and lonely. She also cooked for the Rochford day centre to raise funds for their mini bus. Nicola works for the Oddfellows Friendly Society which supports where help is needed.

Our Lady of Ransom Catholic Primary School

Nominated for their work throughout the lockdown putting procedures into place keeping doors open to support the needs of keyworkers/vulnerable children. Staff have worked tirelessly together as a united team to provide safety, care and education to children.

Victoria Mounter

Nominated for her work with The Enchanted Cottage. Victoria spends time listening, supporting and advising people making their visit a truly holistic approach.

These Awards were judges by a cross party group consisting of:

Councillor Robin Dray, Chairman of Rochford District Council
Councillor Carole Weston, Vice-Chairman of Rochford District Council
Councillor Laureen Shaw, Representative from the Conservative Group 
Councillor James Newport, Representative from the Liberal Democrat Group
Councillor Mike Wilkinson, Representative from the Independent Group
Councillor Stuart Wilson, Representative from the Green and Independent Group
Reverend David Oxtoby, The Chairman’s Chaplain