2021 Cllr Awards shortlist unveiled
Over 500 nominations received across England, Wales and Scotland
The LGIU/LGIU Scotland and CCLA are proud to unveil the shortlist for the 2021 Cllr Awards, showcasing the achievements of councillors across England and Wales for the 12th year running and the 4th year running in Scotland.
The Cllr Awards are the only national ceremony to celebrate the vital contributions of our councillors across England, Wales and Scotland that so often go unrecognised. As communities continue to recover from the pandemic, these Awards are a hugely important way to champion what local councillors do for their communities.
Competition was extremely tight again this year with over 500 nominations received across the categories that celebrate the varied work of councillors. Some of the awards up for grabs include Resilience and Recovery (new for 2021), alongside the coveted Community Champion and Leader 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. The winners will be revealed at the Cllr Awards ceremonies taking place on Wednesday, 24 November in Glasgow and Wednesday, 1 December in London. The ceremonies will also be broadcast live on YouTube.
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: “This year’s Cllr Awards shortlist showcases the best of local government. During a time when they have experienced unprecedented challenges and pressure, these councillors are true champions for local government and their communities.
The last year has reminded each and every one of us of the effort and lengths to which councillors go to support their citizens. As such, we were overwhelmed by powerful stories and experiences coming through the over 500 nominations received for councillors across England, Wales and Scotland.
Our most sincere congratulations to all of those councillors shortlisted. We look forward to unveiling the winners on the Awards nights.”
Notes to editors
The LGIU and CCLA’s annual Cllr Awards celebrate the vital work being done by councillors across England, Wales and Scotland. 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.
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2021 Cllr Awards Shortlist – England
Cllr Kevin Etheridge – Caerphilly County Borough Council
Cllr Scott Farley – Hillingdon Council
Cllr Anna Firth – Sevenoaks District Council
Cllr Bridget Fishleigh – Brighton and Hove City Council
Cllr Vick Jenkins – City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council
Cllr Kelly Middleton – Telford and Wrekin Council
Cllr Aled Richards-Jones – Wandsworth Council
Cllr Shaz Saleem – Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council
Cllr Bazil Solomon – Swindon Borough Council
Cllr Maria Watson – Nottingham City Council
Cllr Denise Craghill – City of York Council
Cllr Mike Hakata – Haringey Council
Cllr Bridget Petty – North Somerset Council
Cllr Angeliki Stogia – Manchester City Council
Cllr Johnny Thalassites – The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Cllr Paul Bell – Lewisham Council
Cllr David Brake – Medway Council
Cllr Lee-Ann Igbon – Manchester City Council
Cllr Margaret McLennan – Brent Council
Cllr Neil Prior – Pembrokeshire County Council
Cllr Sam Chapman-Allen – Breckland Council
Cllr Shaun Davies – Telford and Wrekin Council
Cllr Lynne Doherty – West Berkshire Council
Cllr Georgia Gould – Camden Council
Cllr Phélim Mac Cafferty – Brighton and Hove City Council
Cllr Rachael Robathan – Westminster Council
Cllr Marlene Heron – Sutton Council
Cllr Sheila Peacock – Haringey Council
Cllr Hilda Rhodes – Telford and Wrekin Council
Cllr Peter Ruffles – East Hertfordshire District Council
Cllr Dale Smith – City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council
Cllr Steve Walmsley – Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council
Cllr Mark Canniford – North Somerset Council
Cllr Sam Davies – Cambridge City Council
Cllr Paulette Hamilton – Birmingham City Council
Cllr Parbinder Kaur – Sandwell Council
Cllr Abigail Marshall Katung – Leeds City Council
Cllr Mohammed Nazam – City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council
Cllr Matthew Relf – Ashfield District Council
Cllr Hazel Simmons – Luton Borough Council
Cllr Peymana Assad – Harrow Council
Cllr Christopher Burden – City of Wolverhampton Council
Cllr Dakota Dibben – Gravesham Borough Council
Cllr Amy Heley – Brighton and Hove City Council
Cllr Adam Jogee – Haringey Council
Cllr Rachel Melly – City of York Council
Cllr Imogen Payter – Havant Borough Council
Cllr Joe Porter – Staffordshire Moorlands District Council
2021 Shortlist – Scotland
Cllr Eleanor Bird – The City of Edinburgh Council
Cllr Claire Leitch – East Ayrshire Council
Cllr Frank McNally – North Lanarkshire Council
Bailie Annette Christie – Glasgow City Council
Cllr Duncan Cumming – East Dunbartonshire Council
Cllr David MacDonald – East Renfrewshire Council
Cllr Mohammad Tauqeer Malik – Aberdeen City Council
Bailie Jacqueline McLaren – Glasgow City Council
Bailie Soryia Siddique – Glasgow City Council
Cllr Susan Aitken – Glasgow City Council
Cllr Lawrence Fitzpatrick – West Lothian Council
Cllr James Stockan – Orkney Islands Council
Bailie Willie Sawers – Dundee City Council
Cllr Sandy Scott – Scottish Borders Council
Cllr David Watson – South Lanarkshire Council
Cllr Kris Chapman – Scottish Borders Council
Cllr Jackie McCamon – Dumfries and Galloway Council
Bailie Christy Mearns – Glasgow City Council
Cllr Steven Rome – Dundee City Council
Cllr Euan Jardine – Scottish Borders Council
Cllr Kelly Parry – Midlothian Council
Cllr Gwyneth Petrie – Aberdeenshire Council
Cllr John Wheeler – Aberdeen City Council