The London Borough of Newham's Sharon Roots has won the first Risk Manager of the Year award, after producing a Groundhog Day-style video to explain the need for better accident and reporting procedures.

The inaugural Alarm award was presented at its conference on April 9 to 10.

Roots, who has more than 20 years' experience in the risk and insurance sector, will now go on an exchange study trip with Alarm's sister body in the US.

Her video, Accidental Day, is being used by other local authorities and consultants. Her other award-winning achievements included an overall risk management strategy for Newham, a service continuity plan, a stress management and rehabilitation scheme for employees and a review of the financial risk management of capital projects.

Alarm chairman Kevin McGlone said Roots had changed her colleagues' perceptions of risk and prioritised its management in Newham.

He praised her innovation and creativity. “She epitomises the new breed of public sector risk manager,” he said.