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Local councillors nationwide awarded in 14th annual showcase of the best of local government

Local councillors nationwide awarded in 14th annual showcase of the best of local government

Tonight, the LGIU 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 England and Wales.

At the Guildhall in London, the top prize, Leader of the Year, went to Cllr Tim Oliver of Surrey County Council. Cllr Hannah Perkin from Swale Borough Council walked away with the Community Champion prize and Cllr Connie Nolan of Canterbury City Council claimed Resilience Champion. The judging panel awarded Cllr Saqlain Choudry from Brent Council with Young Councillor of the Year. Lord Gary Porter CBE from South Holland District Council was awarded Lifetime Legend for his service.

Winners triumphed over more than 300 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 and are only made possible thanks to the generous support of founding partners CCLA.

Jonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive, Local Government Information Unit (LGIU) 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 are dedicated to celebrating the 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.”


Notes to editors

Cllr Awards

The LGIU and CCLA’s 14th annual Cllr Awards in England and Wales celebrate the vital work being done by councillors across England and Wales. Past winners of the Awards can be found here and rules can be found here. Follow #CllrAwards for all updates. A Cllr Awards England & Wales logo is available here.

2023 Cllr Awards winners and special mentions

Community Champion

Cllr Hannah Perkin  – Swale Borough Council (winner)

Cllr Safiya Saeed – Sheffield City Council (special mention)

Leader of the Year

Cllr Tim Oliver – Surrey County Council (winner)

Lifetime Legend

Lord Gary Porter CBE – formerly South Holland District Council (winner)

Cllr John Crockford-Hawley – North Somerset Council (special mention)

Resilience Champion

Cllr Connie Nolan  – Canterbury City Council (winner)

Young Councillor of the Year

Cllr Saqlain Choudry –  London Borough of Brent (winner)

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.

LGIU@40: For the future of local government We have launched a national campaign to coincide with our 40th year where we are asking the big questions about how local government can work better and will put our members’ solutions in a White Paper to the next government. This has included over 60 in-depth interviews with council Chief Executives and Leaders over the last two months.

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.


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