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LGIU Statement: 2020 Cllr Awards Shortlists unveiled

Shortlist unveiled for England and Scotland’s top councillors 

Over 300 nominations received for annual Cllr Awards across England and Scotland

The LGIU/ LGIU Scotland and CCLA are proud to unveil the shortlist for the 2020 Cllr Awards, showcasing the achievements of councillors across England for the 11th year running and the 3rd year running in Scotland.


The Cllr Awards are the only national ceremony to celebrate the vital contributions of our councillors across England and Scotland. So often, their hard work goes unrecognised. These Awards are a uniquely important way to highlight what local councillors do for their communities, especially in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.


Competition was extremely tight again this year with over 300 nominations received across the categories that celebrate the varied work of councillors. Some of the awards up for grabs include Covid-19 Hero and Collaborative Working (new for 2020) alongside the coveted Leader of the Year and Young/ New Councillor of the Year awards. The full shortlists are included below.


The winners will be decided by a panel of judges composed of senior councillors and officers as well as leading stakeholders from across the sector. Due to the ongoing health crisis, this year’s ceremonies will take place virtually on Tuesday 24th November for Scotland and Thursday 26th November for England with special speakers and guests. A link to watch the Awards will be circulated shortly before the ceremony.


This year’s awards are made possible thanks to the generous support of founding partners CCLA.


Jonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive, LGIU / LGIU Scotland said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has presented this country with a set of challenges that few could have predicted. However, councillors up and down the country have risen to these challenges and stepped up to plate for their communities. From delivering food parcels to vulnerable residents and sourcing PPE for frontline workers to finding temporary accommodation for the homeless, local government has kept the country safe and moving.


It is for this reason that we are particularly proud to unveil the shortlist for this year’s Cllr Awards. Their achievements showcase the best of local government at a time when the country faces one of the greatest hardships of our lifetime.


We would like to congratulate all of those councillors shortlisted and look forward to revealing the winners on the 26th of November.”




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.


About LGIU Scotland

LGIU Scotland is a policy information service dedicated to local government across Scotland. We work to inform our members by providing practical, up-to-the-minute intelligence on policy issues. Our services help public servants make policy, support residents and work more effectively with colleagues. Our members include councils, charities, central government and public sector partners. All share a commitment to providing the best possible local government services for citizens.


Nearly 5,000 people across Scotland receive our email bulletins every day – including MSPs, MPs, Conveners, CEOs and NGOs. Over 50 organisations, including local authorities, chambers of commerce, charities and public bodies have chosen to support us by becoming members and they help steer our priorities.


About 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 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 Cllr Awards

The LGIU and CCLA’s 11th annual Cllr Awards celebrate the vital work being done by councillors across England. Past winners of the Awards can be found here. Rules for the nomination, shortlisting and selection process can be found here. Follow #CllrAwards for all updates.



2020 Cllr Awards Shortlist – England


Collaborative Working

Cllr Niknam Hussain – Buckinghamshire Council (joint)

Cllr Raj Khan – Buckinghamshire Council (joint)

Cllr Waheed Raja – Buckinghamshire Council (joint)


Community Champion

Cllr Saima Ashraf – London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

Cllr Rob Broom – Stevenage Borough Council

Cllr Jasbinder Dehar – City of Wolverhampton Council

Cllr Steve Forster – Hampshire County Council

Cllr Heather Hayward – Ashford Borough Council

Cllr Deborah Huelin – Thurrock Council


Covid-19 Hero

Hannah Bithell – Leeds City Council

Cllr Toni Carter – Rochford District Council

Cllr Robert Griffin – South Gloucestershire Council

Cllr Nweeda Khan – Preston City Council

Cllr Salma Mumtaz – Nottingham City Council

Cllr Tim Swinyard – Swindon Borough Council

Cllr Kate Taylor – Plymouth City Council

Cllr Marie Tidball – Oxford City Council


Environment & Sustainability Pioneer

Cllr Joan Atkinson – South Tyneside Council

Cllr John Gardner – Stevenage Borough Council

Cllr Tom Hayes – Oxford City Council

Cllr Elisabeth Malvisi – Babergh District Council

Cllr Sandra Squire – Norfolk County Council


Finance & Economic Development

Cllr Shane Hebb – Thurrock Council

Cllr Mandy McNeil – St Albans City and District Council

Cllr Manju Shahul Hameed – London Borough of Croydon

Cllr Huw Williams – Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council


Innovation & Service Transformation

Cllr Kim Botting FRSA – London Borough of Bromley

Cllr Colin Foster – Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Mayor Peter Taylor – Watford Borough Council

Cllr Carol Thirkill – City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Cllr Jeanette Thomas – Stevenage Borough Council


Leader of the Year

Cllr Tom Beattie – Corby Borough Council

Cllr Julian German – Cornwall Council

Cllr Robert Gledhill – Thurrock Council

Cllr Christopher Hammond – Southampton City Council

Cllr Toby Savage – South Gloucestershire Council

Cllr Bridget Smith – South Cambridgeshire District Council

Cllr Danny Thorpe – Royal Borough of Greenwich


Lifetime Achievement Award

Cllr Janet Burgess MBE – London Borough of Islington

Cllr John Leech – Manchester City Council

Cllr Matthew Riddle – South Gloucestershire Council

Cllr Nick Ridley OBE – Babergh District Council (in memoriam)

Cllr Zee Russell – City of Wolverhampton Council


Young Councillor of the Year

Cllr Tolga Aramaz – London Borough of Enfield

Cllr Hannah Clare – Brighton and Hove City Council

Cllr Beverley Momenabadi – City of Wolverhampton Council

Cllr Alex Rennie – Havant Borough Council

Cllr Will Simpson – Kirklees Council

Cllr Kieron Wilson – Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council


2020 Shortlist- Scotland 


Champion for Education

Cllr David MacDonald – East Renfrewshire Council

Cllr Dr Soryia Siddique – Glasgow City Council

Cllr Fay Sinclair – Fife Council


Collaborative Working

Cllr Laura Brennan-Whitefield – South Ayrshire Council (joint)

Cllr Siobhian Brown – South Ayrshire Council (joint)


Covid-19 Hero

Bailie Philip Braat – Glasgow City Council

Cllr Elspeth Kerr – Glasgow City Council

Cllr Rosemary Liewald – Fife Council

Cllr Lesley Macinnes – The City of Edinburgh Council

Cllr Eva Murray – Glasgow City Council

Cllr Laura Murtagh – Falkirk Council


Leader of the Year

Cllr Jenny Laing – Aberdeen City Council

Cllr Murray Lyle – Perth and Kinross Council

Cllr Douglas Reid – East Ayrshire Council


Lifetime Contribution

Cllr Paul Carey – Glasgow City Council

Cllr Eileen Logan – South Lanarkshire Council

Cllr Willie Sawers – Dundee City Council

Cllr Iain Whyte – The City of Edinburgh Council


New Councillor of the Year

Cllr Julie Bell – Angus Council

Cllr Siobhian Brown – South Ayrshire Council

Cllr Kenneth Duffy – North Lanarkshire Council

Cllr Mark Horsham – South Lanarkshire Council

Cllr Kim Long – Glasgow City Council

Cllr Eva Murray – Glasgow City Council


Rural Community Champion

Cllr Stephen Burns – Renfrewshire Council

Cllr Ian Ferguson – Fife Council

Cllr Glen Reid – Aberdeenshire Council

Cllr David Watson – South Lanarkshire Council


Urban Community Champion

Cllr Bill Cormie – Aberdeen City Council

Cllr Kim Long – Glasgow City Council

Cllr Susan Rae – The City of Edinburgh Council

Cllr Lynne Short – Dundee City Council