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Shortlist announced for 2017 C’llr Awards

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Embargoed until: 00:01 Monday 2 October, 2017


Over 200 nominations received across England and Wales


The LGiU and CCLA are delighted to unveil the shortlist for the 2017 C’llr Achievement Awards.


The eighth annual Awards are the only national ceremony to celebrate the important work of councillors from across England and Wales that often goes unrecognised.


With over 200 nominations, a record amount for the Awards, competition was extremely tight again this year. The full shortlist is available on our website here and below. Some of the seven categories up for grabs include Leader of the Year, Young Councillor of the Year, and Finance and Transformation (sponsored by iESE).


Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony, kindly supported by the City of London Corporation and Mears Group, which takes place on Tuesday November 7th (6.00-9.00pm) against the backdrop of the Guildhall’s Livery Hall in London. The winners will be selected by a group of judges made up of local government experts and councillors.


Jonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive, LGiU said: “Councils play a crucial role keeping our communities connected, and safe. Despite ever tightening budgets, they ensure that essential services are delivered on the ground, day after day. But this exemplary work of local government often goes unrecognised.


It is for this reason that we are proud to unveil the shortlist for our eighth annual C’llr Achievement Awards, celebrating the extraordinary achievements of councillors across England and Wales. The exceptional nominations we received this year remind us of the instrumental role that councillors play in our daily lives, making our communities places where we all want to live.


We are proud to honour the achievements of those shortlisted and look forward to showcasing the winners at the Awards ceremony in London in 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 lgiu.org.



About CCLA

This year’s C’llr Awards are made possible thanks to the generous support of our founding sponsors CCLA. CCLA is a leading specialist fund manager for local authorities and charities. When they began sponsoring the C’llr Achievement Awards they had 22 local authority accounts.  Today they have 426 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

The LGiU’s eighth annual C’llr Awards ceremony celebrates the amazing work being done by councillors across England and Wales. Past winners can be found here. Rules for the Awards can be found here. Additional information on the C’llr Awards can be found here. Follow #CllrAwards17 #proudofmycllr for all updates.



2017 C’llr Awards Shortlist


Leader of the Year

Cllr Nickie Aiken, Westminster City Council

Cllr Muhammed Butt, London Borough of Brent Council

Cllr Peter Fleming, Sevenoaks District Council

Cllr John Fuller, South Norfolk District Council

Cllr Donna Jones, Portsmouth City Council

Cllr Louise McKinlay, Brentwood Council

Cllr Darren Rodwell, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Council



Community Champion

Cllr Mohammed Amran, Bradford City Council

Cllr Karen Bellamy, London Borough of Waltham Forest Council

Cllr Emma Evans, Adur District Council

Cllr Anna King, Northampton Borough Council

Cllr Mark Shaw, Buckinghamshire County Council

Cllr Alison Teal, Sheffield City Council



Young Councillor of the Year

Cllr Natasha Airey, Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council

Cllr Hashim Bhatti, Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council

Cllr Matt Kelcher, London Borough of Brent Council

Cllr Magid Magid, Sheffield City Council

Cllr Lauren Mitchell, Ashfield Council



iESE’s Finance and Transformation Award

Cllr Chris Ready, Wigan Council

Cllr Janet Blake, Aylesbury Vale District Council

Cllr James Halden, Thurrock Council

Cllr Andy Malcolm, Luton City Council

Cllr Cherry Parker, Royal Borough of Greenwich Council



Health and Care Award

Cllr Paul Brant, Liverpool City Council

Cllr Mohammed Khan, Blackburn with Darwen Council

Cllr Susan Little, Thurrock Council

Cllr Maureen Worby, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Council

Cllr Daniel Yates, Brighton & Hove Council



Technology and Digital Award

Cllr John Chilver, Buckinghamshire County Council

Cllr Paul Deach, Surrey Heath District Council

Cllr Mick Legg, Milton Keynes City Council

Cllr Peter Marland, Milton Keynes City Council


Place-shaping and Environment Award

Cllr Abi Brown, Stoke-on-Trent Council

Cllr Alan Clark, Nottingham City Council (in memoriam)

Cllr John Harbour, Burnley Council

Cllr Jayne McCoy, London Borough of Sutton Council

Cllr Paul Smith, Bristol City Council