3rd July 2019

Councillor declared Hero for TS support

A County Councillor in Wales has been named this year’s Political Hero for his tireless support of trading standards issues.


By JTS Staff
Journal of Trading Standards' in-house team
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Having a member who has detailed knowledge in our area has been a catalyst for our success over the last number of years

Driving dynamic change tirelessly for trading standards comes easy to Councillor James Evans, who has been awarded the Political Hero Award by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) in recognition of his commitment to providing unequivocal direction and support to his local services.

Cllr Evans was nominated by Powys County Council Trading Standards for the outstanding vow to the services covered by his portfolio, which also includes, environmental health, housing services and communication.

Left to right: Bob Wright from College of Fellows, Hero Awards sponsor and Councillor James Evans, Hero Award winner

During his two years in the post, Cllr Evans has chaired six weekly meetings with the trading standards managers and acts on all advice to assist with a smooth operation to the service, ensuring that matters are raised at all levels of the organisation and externally.

Cllr Evans’ successes during his tenure include the hosting of an event to celebrate the trading standards team being highly commended by the Anti-Counterfeiting Group’s Award, for its fight against the trade in counterfeit goods.

Communicating the great work of trading standards is high on Cllr Evans’ priority list which has resulted in 25 press releases with clear messages about why the service is so important to a thriving and safe community.

The CTSI Hero Awards celebrate those who make outstanding contributions towards consumer protection in our communities. Cllr Evans received his award at the CTSI Hero Awards 2019 ceremony at One Great George Street, London, on Tuesday June 25.

Chief Executive at CTSI, Leon Livermore, said: “James has been instrumental in getting the hard work of trading standards recognised by the right people, always encouraging them to understand the important role that the service plays in consumer protection. It’s our pleasure to present this award to James and we wish that every service had an advocate like him.”

Clive Jones, Professional Lead for Powys County Council for Trading Standards, Community Safety and Emergency Planning, said: “James has an enormous and varied portfolio so we need to record our special thanks for his unique interest in trading standards. He allows time to discuss all the issues we face and also finds solutions and makes helpful suggestions to assist with the challenges we face. Having a member who has detailed knowledge in our area has been a catalyst for our success over the last number of years and we thank him for his interest and counsel.”

Cllr Evans was presented his award by Robert Wright, CTSI College of Fellows, Sponsors of the CTSI Hero Awards.