LGiU Scotland & CCLA Councillor Awards

Celebrating councillors in Scotland

Image by Christine Aubé from Pixabay

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 and we are proud to unveil the 2019 shortlist below.

A panel of judges made up of senior figures from in and around Scottish local government will select a winner for each category. This year’s awards will be presented at a ceremony on 28th November 2019.

2019 Shortlist

Rural Community Champion
Cllr Euan Jardine – Scottish Borders Council
Cllr Glen Reid – Aberdeenshire Council
Cllr Uisdean Robertson – Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
Cllr Elena Whitham – East Ayrshire Council

Urban Community Champion
Cllr Angela Convery – East Renfrewshire Council
Cllr Chris Cullen – South Ayrshire Council
Cllr Lynne Devine – Angus Council
Cllr Paul Garner – Falkirk Council
Cllr David MacDonald – East Renfrewshire Council

Champion for Education
Cllr Stewart Hunter – Dundee City Council
Cllr David MacDonald – East Renfrewshire Council
Cllr Fay Sinclair – Fife Council
Cllr John Wheeler – Aberdeen City Council

Environmental Impact
Cllr Chris Cullen – South Ayrshire Council
Cllr Karen Doran – City of Edinburgh Council
Cllr Scott Hamilton – Scottish Borders Council
Cllr Ross Vettraino – Fife Council
Cllr Martha Wardrop – Glasgow City Council

Innovation and Digital
Cllr Peter Henderson – South Ayrshire Council
Cllr Mandy Morgan – Glasgow City Council
Cllr Gordon Murray – Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
Cllr Shona Haslam – Scottish Borders Council

Leader of the Year
Cllr David Alexander – Fife Council
Cllr John Alexander – Dundee City Council
Cllr Shona Haslam – Scottish Borders Council
Cllr Douglas Lumsden – Aberdeen City Council

Lifetime Contribution
Cllr Robert Aldridge – City of Edinburgh Council
Cllr David Alexander – Fife Council
Cllr William Buchanan – Falkirk Council
Cllr Paul Carey – Glasgow City Council
Cllr Maureen Child – City of Edinburgh Council

New Councillor of the Year
Cllr Elaine Ballantyne – Glasgow City Council
Cllr David Barratt – Fife Council
Cllr Michael Cullen – Glasgow City Council
Cllr Joe Fagan – South Lanarkshire Council
Cllr Max Mitchell – City of Edinburgh Council

Image by Christine Aubé from Pixabay

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 more of a guideline for nominating and may be subject to change year on year depending on the variety and number of nominations we receive. We may also move nominees to other categories again depending on the number of nominations we receive for each category.

Ceremony

The 2019 Councillor Awards ceremony will take place from 6:30-9pm 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.

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