LGiU Scotland & CCLA Councillor Awards

Celebrating councillors in Scotland

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There are over 1,200 councillors across Scotland, working to represent and support their communities. At LGiU Scotland, we want to recognise and reward those councillors who go the extra mile for their constituents, so in 2018 with sponsorship from CCLA, investors for local authorities, we launched the first Scottish Councillor Awards. The awards were a great success, so we’re holding them this year too!

About the awards

There are eight award categories celebrating the varied work of councillors. Anyone can nominate a serving councillor for an award: members of the public, councillors and council officers – the only rule is that you can’t nominate yourself!

Nominations for the Awards are now closed: we will be publishing the shortlist very soon. A panel of judges made up of senior figures from in and around Scottish local government will then select a winner for each category. This year’s awards will be presented at a ceremony on 28th November 2019.

Award categories 2019

  • Urban Community Champion: for councillors in predominantly urban constituencies who have gone above and beyond in supporting their communities
  • Rural Community Champion: for councillors in predominantly rural constituencies who have gone above and beyond in supporting their communities
  • Innovation and Digital: for councillors who have been particularly innovative or inclusive in helping to roll out digital solutions
  • Champion for Education: for councillors who have performed outstanding work in the field of education
  • Environmental Impact to celebrate councillors who have made an outstanding contribution to their local or wider environments
  • Lifetime Contribution: for councillors who have gone above and beyond for their communities over an extended period of time
  • New councillor of the Year: for recently elected councillors who are already making a noticeable impact in their communities in a short time
  • Leader of the Year: to celebrate the work of an exceptional Council Leader

These award categories are subject to change year on year depending on the variety and number of nominations we receive.


The 2019 Councillor Awards ceremony will take place from 6-9pm on on Thursday 28th November at Edinburgh City Chambers. We look forward to seeing you there!

Our sponsor

These awards are made possible by the support of our sponsor, CCLA.

If you have any questions about the awards, please email Hannah Muirhead, and if you are interested in sponsoring an individual award at this event, please contact Andy Johnston.

Tweet about the Scottish Councillor Awards using #ScotCouncillorAwards19