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Local councillors across Scotland awarded in 6th annual showcase of the best of local government

Local councillors across Scotland awarded in 6th annual showcase of the best of local government

Tonight, LGIU Scotland and CCLA were proud to unveil the winners of the 2023 Cllr Awards; the only national awards ceremony to celebrate the vital work of local councillors across Scotland.

At Edinburgh’s City Chambers, the top prize of the night, Leader of the Year, went to Cllr John Alexander of Dundee City Council. Cllr Ruairi Kelly of Glasgow City Council walked away with the Community Champion prize and Cllr Heather Woodbridge of Orkney Islands Council claimed Resilience Champion. Cllr Dan Hutchison, of Glasgow City Council, went home with Young Councillor of the Year while Cllr Helen Wright from Dundee City Council was awarded Lifetime Legend for her service.

Winners triumphed over nearly 100 nominations across five categories that celebrate the wide-ranging work of councillors. The Cllr Awards are a hugely important way to champion what councillors do locally as their work can, all too often, go unrecognised. Read more about the winners here.

The Cllr Awards judging panel was made up of senior councillors and leading stakeholders from across the sector. These are the only national awards to celebrate and showcase the work of individual councillors across Scotland and are only made possible thanks to the generous support of founding partners CCLA.

Jonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive, Local Government Information Unit (LGIU) Scotland said:

“In the face of unprecedented domestic and global challenges over the last year, councillors nationwide have once again exhibited unwavering dedication to serving their constituents. Tonight’s winners show the remarkable contributions local councillors make to their communities and we at LGIU Scotland are dedicated to celebrating these achievements that genuinely improve the lives of local residents.

As councils continue to deliver essential services like social care and housing amid a cost of living crisis, these awards are a hugely important way to champion what councillors do locally. I extend heartfelt congratulations to all the Cllr Awards winners this evening. We applaud you for your dedication.”

Minister for Local Government Empowerment, Joe FitzPatrick MSP said:

“As someone who was previously a councillor, I recognise the important role councils play in delivering vital frontline services for our communities. Every councillor nominated for these awards exemplifies this spirit of public service and I congratulate them all.

It is crucial the Scottish Government works in partnership with local government to achieve the best possible outcomes for people. This approach, which is built on mutual trust and respect, is particularly important as we work to help people through the current cost crisis.”


Notes to editors

Cllr Awards

LGIU Scotland and CCLA’s 6th annual Cllr Awards celebrate the vital work being done by councillors across Scotland. Past winners of the Awards can be found here and rules can be found here. Follow #CllrAwards for all updates. A Cllr Awards Scotland logo is available here.

2023 Cllr Awards winners

Community Champion

Cllr Ruairi Kelly – Glasgow City Council

Leader of the Year

Cllr John Alexander – Dundee City Council

Lifetime Legend

Cllr Helen Wright – Dundee City Council

Resilience Champion

Cllr Heather Woodbridge – Orkney Islands Council

Young Councillor of the Year

Cllr Dan Hutchison – Glasgow City Council

About LGIU

Established in 1983, LGIU is an independent, local authority membership organisation supporting officers and councillors across England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and Australia with the unrivalled intelligence they need every day.

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.