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Future Leaders: the Bruce Lockhart Membership Scholarship Award

The Bruce-Lockhart Member scholarship is an exciting opportunity for a future leader to communicate their own vision for local government.

Prior to attaining leadership positions, elected members demonstrate an impressive portfolio of achievement in local government. The Bruce-Lockhart Scholarship Award is designed to recognise those councillors with excellent leadership potential. The winner will also receive a £10,000 bursary, which will fund a project that promotes the case for localism and government at a local level, at the end of which they will give a presentation to the prestigious annual Bruce-Lockhart Lecture.

The award will go to a councillor with considerable influence within their ward, the borough as a whole and the council itself. The councillor may also have influenced local policy; have contributed to national debate with regard to their sector, and have contributed to local government innovation. The councillor will have demonstrated leadership in pursuit of professional, community or personal interests.

Applicants for the Scholarship will need to develop a research proposal for a project that can be completed within a year. Proposals will be judged against the objectives of the Bruce-Lockhart leadership programme, which are to:

  • promote the case for localism and government at a local level through the exchange of ideas nationally and/or internationally. (Foreign travel may be included)
  • encourage successful ideas to be put into practice to advance the cause of localism and government at a local level within the UK
  • publish or present findings to promote best practice nationally and to raise the status both of local leadership and of local government in the UK.

Last year’s winner was Shona Johnstone. Shona was a councillor at Cambridgeshire County Council at which she held a number of leadership roles, including Lead Member for Environment and Transport, Lead Member for Children’s Services and Council Leader. Shona produced the ‘Localism and New Communities’ project, in which she discussed the problems faced by new communities, and how localism through local leadership can support community development. Shona presented her report at a parliamentary roundtable, attended by Brandon Lewis MP, Minister of State for Communities and Local Government, and Andy Sawford MP, a Shadow Minister for Communities and Local Government.

Download a submission form for the Bruce-Lockhart Member Scholarship here (Word document)

See past winners of this award here.