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. 2018 will mark the first Councillor Achievement Awards in Scotland. The awards will be sponsored by CCLA, investors for local authorities.
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! We’ll be taking nominations until September 20th, before shortlisting the entries that demonstrate the best of Scottish local government. A panel of judges will then select a winner for each category.
Awards will be presented on Thursday 29 November at a ceremony held at Edinburgh’s City Chambers. See below for more information.
The nominations for this year’s awards closed 20 September 2018.
- 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
|Champion for Education||Jimmy Gray||Highland Council|
|Tom Heggie||Highland Council|
|Elaine McSporran||Glasgow City Council|
|Caroline Shiers||Perth and Kinross Council|
|Susan Webber||Edinburgh City Council|
|Environmental Impact||Gavin Corbett||Edinburgh City Council|
|Chris Cullen||South Ayrshire Council|
|Anne Horn||Argyll and Bute Council|
|Cathy McEwan||Renfrewshire Council|
|Innovation and Digital||Braden Davy||Angus Council|
|David Macdonald||East Renfrewshire Council|
|Donald Reid||North Ayrshire Council|
|Leader of the Year||John Alexander||Dundee City Council|
|Joe Cullinane||North Ayrshire Council|
|Willie Innes||East Lothian Council|
|Douglas Lumsden||Aberdeen City Council|
|James Stockan||Orkney Islands Council|
|Lifetime Contribution||Paul Carey||Glasgow City Council|
|Bill Howatson||Aberdeenshire Council|
|Elaine McDougall||Glasgow City Council|
|Margot Russell||Midlothian Council|
|New Councillor of the Year||Michael Cullen||Glasgow City Council|
|Elizabeth Robertson||Inverclyde Council|
|Josh Wilson||South Lanarkshire Council|
|Ryan Houghton||Aberdeen City Council|
|Rural Community Champion||Jennifer Barclay||Highland Council|
|George Carr||Aberdeenshire Council|
|Mark Findlater||Aberdeenshire Council|
|Donald Kelly||Argyll and Bute Council|
|Jim McGillivray||Highland Council|
|Urban Community Champion||Jim Bollan||West Dunbartonshire Council|
|Angela Convery||East Renfrewshire|
|Linda Erskine||Fife Council|
|George Gordon||Edinburgh City Council|
|Ann Ritchie||Falkirk Council|
|Special Contribution||Archie Dryburgh||Dumfries and Galloway Council|
Rules regarding nominations, shortlisting and judging can be found on our rules page.
The panel is made up of the following senior figures from within local government:
- Yvonne McNeilly, Argyll and Bute Council
- Leslie Manson, Orkney Islands Council
- Kirsteen Sullivan, West Lothian Council
- Caroline McAllister, West Dunbartonshire Council
- Peter Barrett, Perth and Kinross Council
- Steve Burgess, City of Edinburgh Council
The inaugural Councillor Awards ceremony will take place on Thursday 29 November.
In the beautiful Council Chamber at Edinburgh City Chambers, in front of an audience of 100 of their colleagues and peers, councillors from across Scotland will be presented with awards recognising their outstanding accomplishments, community impact and championing of diversity. There will be a keynote address from Kevin Stewart MSP, and we’ll also hear from LGiU CEO Jonathan Carr-West (who will be compere for the evening) and a senior figure from CCLA. Check out our event page for further details.
These awards are made possible by the support of our sponsor, CCLA.