Cllr Awards 2023: The Shortlist

Join us for the 2023 ceremonies

The winners in England & Wales will be announced at the Guildhall in London, England at 7 pm on 16 November 2023. The winners in Scotland will be announced at the City Chambers in Edinburgh, Scotland at 7 pm on 21 November 2023.

Community Champion

Cllr Ruairi Kelly

Glasgow City Council
Cllr Kelly is City Convener for Neighbourhood Services and Assets and has made outstanding contributions to community development initiatives, including the development of the Ruchazie Pantry and community cafe.

Cllr Geva Blackett

Aberdeenshire Council
Cllr Blackett is dedicated to rural communities, helps to address local health care services and food assistance during winter, and is committed to improving community services.

Cllr Duncan Cumming

East Dunbartonshire Council
Cllr Cumming sits on the Policy & Resources Committee and the Place, Neighbourhood & Corporate Assets Committee and works to retain and improve public transport in his community.

Cllr Alastair Redman

Argyll and Bute Council
Cllr Redman splits his time between Islay and the mainland and is tirelessly dedicated to the local food bank and makes efforts to combat social isolation in his rural community through the provision of meals for the vulnerable.

Cllr Kirsten Robb

South Lanarkshire Council
A lifelong green-minded campaigner, Cllr Robb works tirelesly to create inclusive and accesible spaces for play, and has seen resounding success reinstating the Hazelhead playpark.

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Community champions elevate residents’ voices, engage their constituents, and show leadership that creates positive impacts in the lives of others.

Leader of the Year

Cllr John Alexander

Dundee City Council
Cllr Alexander’s leadership has been transformative for Dundee City Council, with his vision and dedication showcased through his leadership on several major initiatives.


Cllr Stephen McCabe

Inverclyde Council
Leading the council for the last 16 years, Cllr McCabe has been instrumental in transforming Inverclyde into one of the most improved councils in the UK, and has set up the task force to save 300 jobs after the closure of the Texas Instruments plant.

Cllr Cecil Meiklejohn

Falkirk Council
Cllr Mieklejohn has effectively managed the council in challenging financial times, collaborated with opposition parties, and achieved significant progress on key projects like the Growth Deal and Forth Green Freeport bid.

Cllr James Stockan

Orkney Islands Council
Cllr Stockan tirelessly advocates for the islands locally and nationally and has secured funding for crucial infrastructure and ferry services, one of many major contributions to local and regional development.

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Leaders of the Year guide their communities with service and heart — these councillors are truly impacting the lives of their constituents.

Lifetime Legend

Cllr Jim Logue

North Lanarkshire Council
Jim Logue has demonstrated exceptional leadership, spearheading housing regeneration projects and championing education with the construction of numerous state-of-the-art schools in North Lanarkshire.

Cllr Martha Wardrop

Glasgow City Council
Cllr Wardrop is dedicated to making her city greener and fairer, consistently supports community campaigns at all levels, including helping a marginalized music organization in Glasgow City Centre stay open in the face of eviction threats.

Cllr Helen Wright

Dundee City Council
Helen has over 40+ years of service on the council and has made a significant impact in supporting women in her community by actively mentoring and supporting new women entering the council, and advocating for women’s incarceration and the Bella Unit in her ward.


Cllr Ross Vettraino

Fife Council
Cllr Vettraino is a committed community council member who proactively deals with issues such as fly-tipping and flooding and also advocates for initiatives like preserving rights of way.


Cllr David Watson

South Lanarkshire Council
Cllr Watson consistently champions his constituents and has a strong track record of successful campaigns, including preventing a tire incinerator plan and opposing cost-cutting exercises that could have burdened residents financially.

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Lifetime Legends have dedicated their lives to their communities.

Young Councillor of the Year

Cllr James Dalgleish

City of Edinburgh Council
Cllr Dalgleish, who was elected at 26, has made an impressive impact in just 16 months by engaging with over 30 community groups and showcasing his dedication to making Edinburgh a better place.


Cllr Lana Reid-McConnell

Glasgow City Council
Cllr Reid-McConnell is committed to supporting community-led projects and addressing long-standing issues with practical solutions. She chairs the Net Zero policy committee and is passionate about supporting Glasgow’s just transition.


Cllr Scott Hamilton

Scottish Borders Council
Scotlands’s youngest councillor when first elected in 2017, and re-elected in 2022, Cllr Scott Hamilton is deputy leader at Scottish Borders Council and Executive member for Community and business development.

Cllr Dan Hutchison

Glasgow City Council
Cllr Hutchinson’s proposals as a first-time councillor in Glasgow City Council range from advocating for hospitality staff working late-night shifts to a feasibility study to move the Council workforce onto a 4-day working week.

Cllr Kristopher Leask

Orkney Islands Council
Orkney’s youngest-ever councillor, Cllr Leask chairs the Sustainable Development Delivery Group and is also leading a Community Wealth Building Task Force with the vision of a our “Just Transition” to a wellbeing economy for Orkney.

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Young Councillors of the Year are new & young councillors making vital impacts in their communities.

Resilience Champion

Cllr Chris Lunday

East Renfrewshire Council
Cllr Lunday actively seeks out and supports a diverse range of groups and businesses, demonstrating a strong commitment to community-focused impact.


Cllr Nairn McDonald

North Ayrshire Council
Councillor Nairn MacDonald is an ardent supporter of local third sector organizations, a strong voice for those who are unable to speak up for themselves and is dedicated to changing attitudes towards carers and hospitality workers in the community.


Cllr Angus Millar

Glasgow City Council
One of Scotland’s youngest councillors, Cllr Angus Millar’s ambition in several Glasgow City Council posts are marked with co-designed and collaborative projects to deliver investment and intervention to deliver for the city of Glasgow.

Cllr Samuel Payne

Aberdeenshire Council
Elected as a councillor at the age of 21 last year, Cllr Payne is determined to improve local services through a passion for including broadband and digital services, improving local public transport services, and trying to protect the future of the local community healthcare.

Cllr Heather Woodbridge

Orkney Islands Council
Becoming Orkney Islands youngest ever Deputy Leader in 2022, Cllr Heather Woodbridge tirelessly works as an ambassador for the ferry-linked islands and ensures the local authority’s work on community planning is recognised at a national level.

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Resilience Champions are building stronger, healthier, and more resilient communities in turbulent times.

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