DfT Special Recognition Awards

The DfT Special Recognition Awards 2023


The Local Council Roads Innovation Group (LCRIG) were proud to host the 2023 coveted Special Recognition Awards on behalf of Department for Transport (DfT).

Established by the late Steve Berry OBE, the Department for Transport’s former head of highways maintenance, innovation and resilience, the awards recognise companies and individuals who have gone the extra mile to deliver change in the sector.

The winners of the DfT Special Recognition Awards 2023 were announced during an awards ceremony at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool on 04 October 2023.

You can find out who the winners are below.


Thank you to our 2023 Award Sponsors

Best of Britain

Sponsored by Multevo

This award, inspired by Will Britain, the founder of LCRIG, was introduced in 2022 to celebrate a public sector individual that works on the officer or Manager side of a local authority. We know there a number of people in these roles that often have to balance, public, political, financial and community challenges but regardless of this they try and find the best solutions for their local community and do so with a passion to make things better. This award celebrates those that have gone above and beyond to engage with their local community, improve local services, change local perceptions or play a key part in the sector.


Awarded to – Richard Harris, Amey Staffordshire Highways

Judges comment – Richard was a worthy winner and his passion for supporting the community and the work that they are doing was an inspiration to read.

Employer Initiative of the Year

Sponsored by WJ Group

This award recognises an outstanding initiative delivered by an organisation that has demonstrably contributed to supporting the retention of employees and/or encouraged new employees into the sector. The initiative may also have demonstrated a wider social value impact, e.g. through creating employment opportunities within local communities.


Awarded to – Kier: Making Ground

Judges comment – The winning entry was chosen as it had benefited many people and through collaboration with government, has resulted in a new law that will change people’s lives.

Apprentice of the Year award

Sponsored by Gaist

The Highways Apprentice of the Year Award recognises and celebrates outstanding apprentices who have made significant contributions and have had a positive impact on their course, their workplace or the wider highways sector during their apprenticeship.


Awarded to – Macy Richards, Trainee Civil Engineer, Milestone Infrastructure

Judges comment – Macy’s commitment to supporting her peers and her role as an apprenticeship ambassador, makes her an inspirational role model for others considering a career in the sector.

Best Use of Technology

Sponsored by Stabilised Pavements Ltd

This award recognises an organisation or partnership that can demonstrate the best use of technology to address current challenges faced in the highways and transportation sector.


Awarded to – WJ Group – ThermoPrint

Judges comment – It is a really practical innovation that not only improves the way we maintain our roads but also speeds up roadworks and makes working on the roads safer for our operatives.

Net Zero Project of the Year

Sponsored by JCB

This award recognises an outstanding innovation project delivered by an organisation/partnership that has demonstrably contributed to accelerating or reducing the cost of decarbonisation.


Awarded to – Colas and Coventry City Council

Judges comment – Because of the scalability, this is something that can be applied nationally and in time become much more of a standard way of applying road surfacing.

Transport Technology Innovation

Sponsored by Transport Technology Forum (TTF)

This award recognises transformative innovations that successfully address the evolving demands and future challenges faced by the highways and transportation sector.


Awarded to – Coventry City Council

Judges comment – Coventry City Council to be commended for the range of innovation they have demonstrated, it’s very refreshing to see a local authority having such an appetite for innovation and forward thinking.

Collaborative Partnership

Sponsored by Tensar

The Collaborative Partnership Award recognises outstanding partnerships, collaborations, or joint initiatives that have significantly contributed to the advancement and improvement of the highways and transportation sector.


Awarded to – The reintegration to employment programme: Colas, local authority partners and local third sector organisations

Judges comments – It was good to see Colas, Leeds and a number of organisations working together to really build an empathetic programme that targeted groups and communities that face barriers to employment. A lot of evidence and clear collaborative working that had happened.