About Cllr Awards

The Cllr Awards are the only awards showcasing the important work of councillors across England and Scotland. Each year, we are proud to bring together the best and brightest councillors as we celebrate and honour the vital contributions they make throughout our communities. So often, their work goes unrecognised. Now, more than ever, we need to honour these unsung heroes of local government who are working tirelessly to keep the country afloat during the pandemic.

There are several Cllr Award categories celebrating the varied work of councillors including new categories for 2020, Collaborative Working and Covid-19 Hero.

Nominations are open from July through to September. Anyone can nominate a serving councillor for an award: members of the public, councillors and council officers. The shortlists are announced in October and the judging panels convene before the ceremonies in November.

Due to the ongoing health crisis, the 2020 Cllr Awards will be held virtually.  The winners will be announced at the Awards on the 24th November (Scotland) and 26th November (England) by LGIU Chief Executive Jonathan Carr-West along with special speakers and guests. A link to watch the Awards will be circulated shortly before the ceremony but sign up here to receive updates.

We are proud to unveil the official shortlists for the 2020 LGIU & CCLA Cllr Awards. Congratulations to all our shortlisted councillors!

England

This year, we will celebrate the 11th anniversary of the Cllr Awards in England. Since 2010, we have recognised the hard work and dedication of over 2,000 councillors across England. Previous winners include Lord Peter Smith, Marion Brighton OBE, Darren Rodwell, Peter Fleming OBE and Sharon Taylor and Gordon Nicholson OBE.

For 2020, there are 9 categories for the Cllr Awards in England, including two new categories for collaborative working and community leadership during the coronavirus health crisis.

Shortlist for the 2020 LGIU & CCLA Cllr Awards

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

  • Cllr 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 Jeannette 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

This year’s Awards are only possible thanks to the generous support of our founding partners CCLA, who are working with us for the 11th year in a row.

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 that number is growing every month. They are owned by their clients – their mission is to serve the whole sector, regardless of size. Learn more here.

Scotland

There are over 1,200 councillors across Scotland working hard to represent and support their communities. Since 2018, LGIU Scotland has been recognising and rewarding those councillors who go the extra mile for their constituents. Previous winners of the Awards include Cllr Elena Whitham (East Ayrshire Council),  Cllr Shona Haslam (Scottish Borders Council), Cllr Joe Fagan (South Lanarkshire Council) and Cllr John Alexander (Dundee City Council).

For 2020, there are 8 categories for the Cllr Awards in Scotland, including two new categories for collaborative working and community leadership during the coronavirus health crisis.

Shortlist for the 2020 LGIU Scotland & CCLA Cllr Awards

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 – 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 – 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

Community Champion

  • Cllr Stephen Burns – Renfrewshire Council
  • Cllr Ian Ferguson – Fife Council
  • Cllr Glen Reid – Aberdeenshire Council
  • Cllr David Watson – South Lanarkshire Council

City Community Champion

  • Cllr Bill Cormie – Aberdeen City Council
  • Cllr Kim Long – Glasgow City Council
  • Cllr Susan Rae – City of Edinburgh Council
  • Cllr Lynne Short – Dundee City Council

Useful information

Judging

The winner in each category will be chosen by our esteemed judging panel, comprised of senior councillors and officers as well as leading stakeholders from across the sector. The winners will be announced at virtual Awards ceremonies taking place on the 24th November (Scotland) and 26th November (England) by LGIU Chief Executive Jonathan Carr-West along with special speakers and guests.

A link to watch the Awards will be circulated shortly before the ceremony but sign up here to receive updates.

Rules

Please note you can enter the same councillor into as many categories as you like (as long as they meet the criteria for that award), but you can only nominate the same councillor once per category. For a full list of rules, please click here. We strongly recommend reading these before submitting any nominations.

Previous winners

The full list of Cllr Awards winners since they began in 2010.

The Wigan Deal story – Blog from 2019 Lifetime Achievement winner Lord Peter Smith.

In Conversation with… John Alexander, Leader of Dundee Council – Kim Fellows talks to Cllr John Alexander of Dundee Council, winner of Scotland’s 2019 Leader of the Year award.

Domestic violence: 16 days of activism – Ingrid Koehler talks to Cllr Janet Gardner of London Borough of Hillingdon, winner of England 2019 Innovation & Service Transformation award.

LGIU Fortnightly Special: Winners of LGIU & CCLA Cllr Achievement Awards 2019 – Hear from the winners of the 2019 English Awards.

Previous ceremonies

2019 Cllr Awards (England)

2019 Cllr Awards (Scotland)