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2019 Cllr Award winners unveiled



Councillors honoured for their outstanding leadership

The LGiU and CCLA are delighted to unveil the winners of the 2019 Cllr Achievement Awards, the only national awards ceremony to honour the work of councillors. 


This evening, at the Royal Horseguards Hotel in Westminster, the top prize for Leader of the Year went to Cllr Darren Rodwell of London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. Cllr David Beaney of Dover District Council walked away with the Young Councillor of the Year prize and Cllr Raushan Ara of Thanet District Council was honoured with the Community Champion Award. This year’s Environment and Sustainability Pioneer was Cllr Sally Longford of Nottingham City Council.  Cllr Lord Peter Smith of Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council was given a Lifetime Achievement Award. The full list of winners is included below.


This year marks the tenth year that the Awards have been showcasing the achievements of councillors across England and Wales. Competition was extremely tight again this year with nearly 250 nominations received, a record amount for the Awards. The winners were selected by a group of judges made up of local government experts and councillors.


Jonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive, LGiU said: “Tonight, we are incredibly proud to unveil this year’s Cllr Achievement Award winners, a group of councillors who truly showcase the best of local government. 


As we mark the 10th Anniversary of the Awards, we reflect on the incredible contributions that this year’s winners have made but also the efforts of the hundreds of councillors we have showcased for their achievements in the past.  


These councillors deliver in increasingly challenging and hostile times alongside severe budget constraints. And, despite all of that and more, their determination and resolve has left their communities safer, stronger and healthier, thanks to their efforts. 


Their work often goes unrecognised and that is why it is so important that we honour them this evening.”




Notes to editors


About LGiU

The Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) is a think tank and membership body with over 200 councils and other organisations 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 www.lgiu.org.uk.



About CCLA

CCLA is a leading specialist fund manager for local authorities and charities.  When they began sponsoring the Cllr Achievement Awards they had 22 local authority accounts.  Today they have over 700 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 the Awards

LGiU’s tenth annual Cllr Achievement Awards celebrate the amazing work being done by councillors across England and Wales. The full 2019 shortlist can be found here. Past winners can be found here. Rules for the Awards can be found here. Additional information on the Cllr Awards can be found here. Follow #CllrAwards19 for all updates.



2019 Cllr Awards Winners

*Additional information on individual winners is available upon request.


Innovation and Service Transformation 

Winner: Cllr Janet Gardner – London Borough of Hillingdon

Special mention: Cllr Chris Penberthy – Plymouth City Council


Environment and Sustainability Pioneer 

Winner: Cllr Sally Longford – Nottingham City Council

Special mention: Cllr Carla Denyer – Bristol City Council


Finance and Economic Development 

Winner: Cllr Mete Coban – London Borough of Hackney


Young Councillor 

Winner: Cllr David Beaney – Dover District Council

Special mention: Cllr Mariam Dawood – London Borough of Newham


Lifetime Achievement  

Winner: Cllr Lord Peter Smith – Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council

Special mention: Cllr Colin Spence – Suffolk County Council


Community Champion 

Winner: Cllr Raushan Ara – Thanet District Council

Special mention: Cllr Jacky Smith – South Kesteven District Council


Leader of the Year 

Winner: Cllr Darren Rodwell – London Borough of Barking and Dagenham