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2016 C’llr Award Winners Revealed

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Councillors from across the UK honoured for their work


The LGiU and CCLA are delighted to reveal the winners of the 2016 C’llr Achievement Awards, the only national ceremony to honour the work of councillors from across the country that often goes unrecognised.


The top prize for Leader of the Year went to Cllr Sharon Taylor of Stevenage Borough Council. Cllr Fozia Shaheen of Bradford Council walked away with the Young Councillor of the Year prize and Cllr Marion Brighton of North Kesteven District Council was honoured with the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award. This year’s Local Trust Community Collaborator Award went to Cllr Lisa Rutter of Barnet Council with a honourable mention to Cllr Sarah Judge of Manchester City Council. The full list of winners is available on our website here and below.


The seventh annual Awards Ceremony was held on Tuesday evening (November 1st) against the beautiful backdrop of the Guildhall’s Livery Hall in London. With nearly 200 nominations, a record amount for the Awards, competition was extremely tight this year. The winners were selected by a group of judges made up of local government experts and councillors.


Jonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive, LGiU said: “The 2016 C’llr Award winners showcase the best of the best across local government. These are the councillors who are working tirelessly to make our communities better places to live.


For the past seven years we have been honouring the work of councillors, but this year’s winners have really pushed the envelope. It is such a privilege to honour their achievements. We congratulate them on their outstanding work and are looking forward to hearing about their future accomplishments.”




Notes to editors


About LGiU

The Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) is a think tank and membership body with 200 councils subscribing to our networks. We work to strengthen local democracy and put citizens in control of their own lives, communities and local services. For more information, visit lgiu.org.


About CCLA

CCLA is a leading specialist fund manager for local authorities and charities.  When they began sponsoring the C’llr Achievement Awards they had 22 local authority accounts.  Today they have 426 and this number is growing every month.  They are owned by their clients – their mission is to serve the whole sector, regardless of size.


About Local Trust

Local Trust is a charity that enables residents and those they trust to create lasting change, supporting communities to ensure resident and community-led transformation of people and places. Local Trust runs the Big Local programme (funded by the Big Lottery Fund), an exciting opportunity for residents in 150 areas around England to receive £1m and a range of support over 15 years to make a lasting positive difference to their communities. Big Local brings together all the local talent, ambition, skills and energy from individuals, groups and organisations who want to make their area and even better place to live.


About the Awards

The LGiU’s seventh annual C’llr Awards ceremony celebrates the amazing work being done by councillors across the country. Past winners can be found here. Rules for the Awards can be found here. Additional information on the C’llr Awards can be found here.



2016 C’llr Awards Winners

County Councillor of the Year (including Unitary)

Cllr Lynn Pallister, Redcar & Cleveland Council

District Councillor of the Year

Cllr Edward Turner, Oxford City Council

Cllr Ida Carmichael, Burnley Borough Council (Honourable mention)

Parish Councillor of the Year, in association with NALC

Cllr Chris Brown, Cholesbury-Cum-St Leonards Parish Council

Cllr Derek Lacey, Chesham Town Council (Honourable mention)

Metropolitan Borough Councillor of the Year

Cllr Joanne Dodds, City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Cllr Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council (Honourable mention)

Leader of the Year

Cllr Sharon Taylor, Stevenage Borough Council

Local Trust’s Community Collaborator Award

Cllr Lisa Rutter, Barnet Council

Cllr Sarah Judge, Manchester City Council (Honourable mention)

Lifetime Achievement

Cllr Marion Brighton, North Kesteven District Council

Young Councillor of the Year

Cllr Fozia Shaheen, Bradford Council

Member’s Choice: Communicator of the Year

Cllr Phil Bateman, City of Wolverhampton Council