Cllr Awards: Innovator of the Year

Award Guidelines

Previously our Resilience Champion award, the Innovator of the Year is someone who has made outstanding contributions towards the betterment of their local community through leadership and innovation in their field.

Innovator of the Year

The award winners likely prioritize community well-being, use innovative ideas to drive change, and take a forward-thinking approach to promote sustainable development. They also prioritize social justice and address systemic issues in the community.

The councillor who wins this category will:

  • initiate and execute reforms that have significant positive impacts on the community, including addressing social issues and promoting environmental sustainability.
  • challenge the status quo and introduce innovative ideas that revolutionize their field.
  • demonstrate a forward-thinking and preventative approach to projects, with a focus on future-proofing initiatives and promoting sustainable development.
  • promote social equality and justice and address systemic issues in the community.
  • prioritize the well-being of the community and deliver tangible outcomes that demonstrate the value of their initiatives.

Successful submissions should:

  • provide clear examples of work or projects they have carried out;
  • provide evidence of positive outcomes that have been achieved as a result of their efforts or evidence of the projected positive impact.

Watch the stories of recent winners...

Pushing net-zero forward: Peter McDonald

Cllr McDonald of South Cambridgeshire District Council was selected for the Resilience and Recovery award in 2022 in England & Wales for his commercial approach to raising up communities.

Supporting COVID recovery: Maureen Chalmers

Cllr Chalmers of South Lanarkshire Council was selected as the Resilience and Recovery Award winner in Scotland in 2022 for working tirelessly for the local Blantyre and the surrounding community for over 20 years.

Tackling health inequalities: Paulette Hamilton

Cllr Hamilton of Birmingham City Council won the Resilience and Recovery Award in England & Wales in 2021 having impressed the judges with her leadership and drive in health and social care and tackling health inequalities across Birmingham and in her ward – both before and during the pandemic.

Feeling Inspired?

The winners of this award recognise the importance of place and well-being and introduce strategies and policies that deliver solutions to the big social issues that impact us all. Jump into the stories of past winners, level up your resilience skills, and find explore resiliency in local government now.

Resilience at the heart of the community

We chatted with Cllr Euan Jardine, winner of the Resilience and Recovery award at the Scottish Cllr Awards 2021, to discuss the fundamental role of community-level action during the pandemic and what he hopes to accomplish next.  Read more here.

Cllr Paul Bell and the courage of his convictions

2021 Cllr Award winner, Cllr Paul Bell, tells us more about his time in local politics and the causes he passionately advocates for at every opportunity. Find our more here.

Global Local Executive Panel: Delivering for communities in a cost of living crisis

In this live virtual panel, LGIU and the Improvement Service brought together senior executives from Ireland, the UK and Australia to explore how councils can support children and families through the cost of living crisis. Watch the April 2023 panel now.

Online training: Managing casework

Sustainably carrying out multiple roles and working with a variety of people requires resilience and a healthy work-life balance. Dive into personal and professional resilience in this interactive online session. Save your spot now.

Global Local Executive Panel: Finding long-term financial sustainability

LGIU and the Victorian Local Government Association (VLGA) brought together senior executives from Ireland, the UK and Australia to explore issues around how to plan for unknown costs, how to plan a long-term budget, and how to allocate funds in a cost-of-living crisis. Rewatch the panel now.

Global Local Magazine: Risk management and extreme events

In this issue of Global Local, we’re examining the concept of ‘permacrisis’ and how local government can better manage risk and adaption. Learn about the issues…

More stories from past winners...

Building back better: Euan Jardine

Cllr Jardine of the Scottish Borders Council won the Resilience and Recovery Award in 2021 in Scotland for his work on setting up a resilience team in Galashiels at the start of the COVID pandemic, which helped hundreds of people. 

Thanks to our founding partners, CCLA

This year’s Awards are only possible thanks to the generous support of our founding partners CCLA.

CCLA is a leading specialist fund manager for local authorities and charities. When they began sponsoring the Cllr Awards they had 22 local authority client accounts. Today they have over 700 and this number is growing every month. CCLA are owned by their clients – their mission is to serve the whole sector, regardless of size. | [email protected]