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Licensing expert wins prestigious award

Media Release : 20 November 2017

Andy Eaton, a lawyer with Rother and Wealden’s Shared Legal Service, has been honoured with a Fellowship of the Institute of Licensing for the contribution he has made to licensing.

Andy Eaton

The award is rarely made to local government officers and he joins a very select group of Fellows who represent the Institute across the spectrum of licensing at national level.

The award was presented at the Institute of Licensing dinner in Stratford-upon-Avon last week. As well as recognising his expertise in the field of licensing, it also acknowledges his achievements for training councillors and officers on the complexities of the world of licensing. From alcohol to street trading, and from caravans to sex shops, with gambling and zoos in between, his expertise has guided Rother and Wealden to national recognition within the Local Government Association in the field of taxi licensing.

His work on Licensed Driver Penalty Points schemes, which he pioneered in the early 1990’s in his native Manchester, has had a significant impact upon licensing at a national level. It has probably lead to more improvements in licensed driver behaviour than any other measure which local councils could adopt.

“I am overwhelmed to receive the Fellowship Award from the Institute of Licensing, particularly when very few people in local government achieve such recognition,” said Mr Eaton, Deputy Legal Services Manager. “Over the years, I have been lucky to work with a variety of hard working officers and Members who had embraced the opportunity to learn about licensing and, thanks to their willingness, improve public safety. Through sound policies and procedures, local councils are able to ensure vulnerable people remain safe in all areas of licensing, particularly taxis.”

“We are very proud of what Andy has achieved,” said Councillor Nick Collinson, Wealden Cabinet member for Community Leadership and Human Resources. “Local government needs a wide range of experts to tackle the many situations they face. Through training and on-the-job experience, local authority employees are able to improve their skills and provide a better service to the public. We can offer many career opportunities from apprenticeship level to senior management.”

Photo shows Andy Eaton at the award ceremony