LGiU Scotland & CCLA Councillor Awards 2018

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. 

Award categories

  • 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

Shortlisted Councillors

Award Councillor Council
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
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.

Judging panel

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.

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.