The LGiU and CCLA are pleased to announce the shortlisted candidates for the C’llr Achievement Awards 2014. We received a high volume of excellent nominations, and we would like to thank all those who took the time to nominate a candidate and help celebrate their efforts.
Winners will be announced at our Awards Ceremony, which takes place on February 25th 2014. The final decision will be taken by a group of judges made from a selection of councillors and local government experts.
Cllr Daniel Brown, Kingston Upon Hull City Council
During Cllr Brown’s service to Hull City Council and as an Older People’s Champion, Cllr Brown has achieved a number of things. One of which was his involvement from the start in helping secure funding for Age UK Hull’s Healthy Living Centre, the only one of its kind in the country. The Healthy Living Centre continues to operate today and still works in partnership with the NHS providing much needed services to the older people of Hull.
Cllr Janet Burgess, London Borough of Islington
Cllr Burgess has been a vocal advocate for Islington’s older people throughout her time as a Councillor and particularly in her role as Executive Member for Health & Wellbeing. Some of her main achievements include establishing the council’s first Older People’s Champions, arranging a Pensioners Lunch for 100 older people, and fighting to provide free swimming for over 60s in all Islington council funded leisure centres.
Cllr Jane A Scott OBE, Wiltshire Unitary Authority
One of Cllr Scott’s achievements has been dramatically improving partnership working around Care and Health, ensuring that service providers and users are also part of that essential partnership. She has been tenacious in protecting services to older people, a particular challenge at a time of significant reductions in funding and Wiltshire is the only authority in the South West which has ring-fenced its budget for Adult and Children’s Services.
Cllr Steve Evans, Wolverhampton City Council
Cllr Evans has spearheaded an innovative citywide approach to support people living with dementia and raise awareness of their needs. He has been integral in enabling Wolverhampton to be recognized as the first dementia-friendly city. As part of the programme, 3 ‘dementia cafes’ have been established in key locations, enabling people with dementia and their carers to meet and share experiences.
Cllr Victoria Silver, Harrow Council
In 2012 Cllr Silver established Harrow Carer Champions, a storytelling project aimed at sharing carer experiences, unpacking and raising awareness of stigma. It also has a lobbying function, to enable carers to have a voice and influence the local authority on issues which affect them.
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Cllr Alison Hernandez, Torbay Council
Cllr Hernandez proposes to establish a collaborative programme for filming live council meetings in Torbay. By building strong links with local business, students, and the community, Cllr Hernandez will develop an innovative, practical model to promote greater transparency and, through use of social media, to increase engagement in local government.
Cllr Ed Davie, London Borough of Lambeth Council
Cllr Davie proposes to set up a research project to identify and share best practice in the ways that councils are integrating their services. At a time of rising demand and falling revenues, Cllr Davie will seek to focus particular attention on the integration of health services, following the 2011 Marmott Review.
Cllr Hilarie McNae, Cheshire West and Chester Council
Cllr McNae proposed to develop a tool kit that could be used by local authorities, in partnership with local police forces, to help reduce the negative impacts of night time revellers in town centres. Cllr McNae will build a range of innovative approach to engage with younger people over key issues, such as the damage to heritage sites in Chester itself.
Cllr Linsay Cunningham-Cross, City of York Council
Cllr Cunningham-Cross submitted a proposal to develop practical models for increasing engagement and participation in local democracy. Building on practical experiences of citizen engagement around the county, Cllr Cunningham-Cross will seek to develop a robust tool for local authorities to assess their progress towards greater collaboration and participation.
Cllr Ruth O’Keefe, East Sussex County Council
Cllr O’Keefe proposes a project that will identify and share best practice in how various tiers of local government are dealing with devolution. The project will aim to encourage power sharing by promoting effective models of local government, as well as engaging closely with areas where devolution is under consideration.
Cllr Byron Rhodes, Melton Borough Council & Leicestershire County Council Cllr Byron Rhodes has used his unique position as a senior member at both a county and district level to manage a range of partnership projects which represent value for money for both organisations. His successes include significant regeneration of a previously derelict town area, forging an accommodation strategy between various authorities to share office space and the creation of implementation of East Midlands Shared Services.
Cllr Ian Parry, Staffordshire County Council
Cllr Parry has seized the chance to develop new and innovative business models, working with Staffordshire’s residents, partners, and businesses of all types to achieve efficiency and innovation at a time of increasing financial challenges and demand.
Cllr John Galley, Chelmsford City Council
Cllr Galley has been commended for his bold and decisive financial leadership. He has overseen the delivery of over £10 million of efficiency savings, which has enabled the council to enjoy a robust financial position after a period of uncertainty.
Cllr Paul McGlone, London Borough of Lambeth
Cllr McGlone has led the development of an ambitious and wide ranging Financial Resilience Strategy for his borough. Examples of success include the banking summit that Cllr McGlone personally chaired in 2013 which led to such successful joint working with the High Street banks to provide basic bank account to those who had previously never registered and he also invited all the borough’s payday lenders in to meet him to discuss their practices.
Cllr Stephen Edwards, Forest Heath District Council and Cllr David Ray, St Edmundsbury Borough Council
These two councillors have been jointly nominated for their work together to secure financial stability for two district councils through joining all of the councils’ services to be delivered by a single staff team. Working together, both councils have cut out duplication and inefficiency, achieved significant savings, maintained service levels for residents and businesses and laid the foundations for meeting future budget pressures.
Cllr Carl Etholen, Buckinghamshire County Council
As a champion of the cause of volunteering to serve the community, Cllr Etholen leads by example. Not only does he volunteer as Chairman of the Princes Risborough Centre charity, and as Buckinghamshire Chairman of the Legacy Board, Carl is also rostered regularly as a volunteer driver on the Risborough Community Bus amongst others.
Cllr Christine Bateson, The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead
As Lead Member for Community Partnerships & Neighbourhood Planning, Cllr Bateson has led the way in working with the community to improve life for people in RBWM. Her successes for the community include setting up the ‘adopt-a-street’ scheme with local businesses and volunteers to keep the streets clean, building 2 new libraries despite a time of austerity and working with volunteers to support the Windsor & Royal Borough Museum.
Cllr Jack Hopkins, London Borough of Lambeth
Cllr Hopkins has driven forward an innovative Neighbourhood Enhancement Programme (NEP), bringing together residents, community groups, council officers and local Councillors to jointly shape and deliver £1m local improvements to their local area. The programme represents a transformation in the way the council engages with its residents.
Cllr Judy Butt, Poole Council
Cllr Butt has championed a number of causes for her community. She instigated and led talks between three authorities in Dorset resulting in an agreement to merge the 3 authorities’ adult education departments into a single unified system, delivering savings and allowing a more comprehensive range of courses to be delivered. She has also instigated partnership working with local residents associations and community groups, which culminated in QE2 Fields in Trust (FITS) in three major areas.
Cllr Majid Mahmood, Birmingham City Council
Cllr Mahmood enjoys a string of community successes. He initiated a partnership with Edgbaston where over five thousand tickets were issued to schools for the Australia vs. New Zealand match. He also persuaded the cricket ground to let the city council use the car park for the Eid Mela, which attracted 40,000 people including A-list performers.
Cllr Neil Mason, Torfaen Council
Cllr Mason has been instrumental in turning round one of the most difficult parts of one of the most deprived wards in Wales. He has attracted funding to transform the area. The ‘log cabin’ as it is called locally, is now an excellent and award-winning modern facility that hosts training for local people, childcare for young children, play opportunities for children, social activities for young people, and help finding jobs for those out of work.
Cllr Ros Kayes, Dorset County Council
Cllr Kayes has both the vision and ability to bring disparate groups together in innovative ways to work for the good of the wider community. Her achievements for the community including founding and directing Skills Training Bridport, which provides training to over 19s, forming the Community Land Trust to allow development of affordable homes and working with the Older People’s forum to create the Community Health Campaign.
JUDGES’ SPECIAL AWARD
Cllr David Tett, West Dorset District Council
Cllr Tett has been a councilor for almost 20 years, and was a popular and successful Mayor of Bridport. He is currently the Deputy Leader of the Independent Group on West Dorset DC. He has raised a considerable amount of money for charity.
Cllr Iain Malcolm, South Tyneside Council
Cllr Malcolm has contributed to local government for twenty-five years and has been Leader of South Tyneside Council since 2008. He is a champion of the North East, holding key positions in policy development for the region and beyond.
Cllr Jim Ranger, East Herts District Council
Cllr Ranger was the architect of the scrutiny process at East Herts, and has ensured that the council is effective and respected in this area. As a result of his expertise, he has been appointed an LGA member peer with a specialism in scrutiny. He also chairs the East of England LGA (EELGA) employers’ panel and is vice chairman of the National Association of Regional Employers. He has helped resolve disputes and improve relations with the trade unions across the region.
Cllr John Pantall, Stockport Council
Throughout almost 35 years of service, Cllr Pantall has assumed a fundamental role in ensuring health, wellbeing and addressing inequalities are embedded in the Council’s strategic priorities and mainstreamed in frontline service delivery.
Cllr Margaret Aston, Buckinghamshire County Council
Cllr Aston has worked in the community for almost 40 years. She set up Booker Park School for 150 special needs children by securing £9m funding, and created Carers Bucks, effectively streamlining provision for carers much more efficiently and effectively. She has been a successful county council chairman.
Sir Merrick Cockell, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Sir Merrick has made an outstanding contribution to local government both as a council leader, leader of London Councils and latterly as Chairman of the Local Government Association. As Chairman of the LGA he has established a strong consensus amongst all the main political parties to defend and promote the work and reputation of local councils at a national level.
Cllr Lord Peter Smith, Wigan Council
Cllr Smith has served on Wigan Council for 36 years and Leader for 22 years, making him one of the longest serving Leaders. He is a powerful voice of local government in the House of Lords, leading debates on big issues that affect councils.
LEADER OF THE YEAR
Cllr Bob Price, Leader, Oxford City Council
Cllr Price’s commitment to building a world class city for all its citizens is delivering significant improvements to the services available to the city’s communities – particularly those in its more deprived areas. This includes investment in educational and skills programmes, as well as in leisure facilities. One of Bob’s most important contributions has been in housing. Oxford faces a housing crisis, with limited availability and very high prices. The council has built a number of houses, including 900 in Barton, as well as upgrading stock in the city council’s estates.
Cllr Jane Scott OBE, Leader, Wiltshire Council
In 2007, Cllr Scott oversaw the merge of 4 District Councils and the County Council into a Unitary Authority. Whilst contrary to national policy, the decision is now widely perceived as positive and Wiltshire Council has transformed how it delivers public services. Cllr Jane Scott has delivered over £100m savings in the last four years, whilst simultaneously investing £50m in improving roads and £100m in adult social care and children’s economic development without stopping any frontline services.
Cllr Jim McMahon, Leader, Oldham Council
Cllr McMahon has provided outstanding leadership for Oldham since he was elected leader of the council in 2011. His strong leadership has helped lead to a dramatic improvement in service delivery and correlating significant improvement in resident satisfaction rates. He has transformed the council and established the cooperative approach as its clear vision.
Cllr Martin Tett, Leader, Buckinghamshire County Council
Cllr Tett has been Leader for less than three years, but has already radically reshaped the Council. He has set a clear vision for success centred on helping to build a strong local economy and jobs; strengthening community involvement and engagement; protecting the environment; restoring the county’s roads; and maintaining support for the most vulnerable residents.
Cllr Paul Crossley, Leader, Bath & North East Somerset Council
Cllr Crossley has driven forward a wide range of economic and social policies and decisions for the district.in a challenging environment as both the minority administration and against budget cuts. He has led the cabinet and the council to make the budget balance, whilst delivering forward thinking, economically viable, socially aware and environmentally conscious projects. Against a background of changes in senior management, he has ensured stability and leads by consensus, rather than command and control.
Cllr Philip Atkins, Leader, Staffordshire County Council
Within the County Council and with a wide range of external partners, Cllr Atkins has successfully championed prosperity as a key priority policy aim for Staffordshire. He has consistently worked across geographical and political boundaries to ensure that there is a robust partnership in place to respond to the current climate of austerity. With the support of local political and business leaders, Cllr Atkins successfully negotiated with Government a Wave 2 City Deal.
Cllr Stephen Alambritis, Leader, London Borough of Merton
Cllr Alambritis is a strong leader who has worked with his cabinet, officers, his group, local group leaders and partners to create a borough which is high performing, highly ambitious and clear that its only purpose is to provide good value for money and quality services to those people who live and work in Merton. Reflecting his community’s priorities, he has led a regeneration programme in Raynes Park, succeeded in freezing council tax for three years and kept local libraries open.
DIGITAL INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR
Cllr Melvyn Caplan, Westminster City Council
Cllr Caplan was the driving force behind the Tri-Borough’s Customer Led Transformation Programme. This encouraged the adoption of new technologies internally, such as interactive and collaborative meeting room tools and the incorporation of mobile and tablet devices into council work, saving over £1m across the council
Cllr Muhammed Butt, London Borough of Brent
Cllr Butt led a transformation of the way that Brent Council operates, incorporating social media into its communications, along with live-streaming of council meetings. By making digital innovation central to the council’s activity, Cllr Butt has helped to ensure that technology is utilized to protect and enhance essential services.
Cllr Stephen Canning, Braintree District Council
Cllr Canning developed and supported the concept of ‘Braintree hour’ on twitter, which encourages the promotion of local businesses to the community, as well as building community cohesion. The scheme has spread to other council throughout the region.
Cllr Theo Blackwell, London Borough of Camden
Cllr Blackwell lead LB Camden’s first digital strategy, encouraging collaboration and new thinking across the council, as well as building partnerships with business. Innovations at the council include coding of after school clubs, expanded public wi-fi access, peer-to-peer lending schemes, and digital inclusion work in social housing.
Cllr Tom Sleigh, City of London Council
Cllr Sleigh ran a successful online campaign to reinstate rubbish bins in the City of London, twenty years after they were removed following terrorist activity. He launched a similar campaign to reduce speed limits to 20Mph across the City, using social media, surveys, and innovative methods of sharing information.
PARTNERSHIP ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Cllr Graham Carr-Jones, North Dorset District Council
Cllr Carr-Jones has led the development of a new community hub in Stalbridge – the Stalbridge Hub – which includes a community run library, community office, consultation room, and Town Council office. This has been achieved by ‘place based’ and ‘locally led’ partnership working of community groups, local authorities and agencies.
Cllr Jenny Whittle, Kent County Council
In February 2012 Coram, the charity which works with vulnerable children, was commissioned to improve the Adoption Service in Kent. This innovative partnership only came about due to the leadership of Cllr Whittle, who was at the forefront of moving from a traditional local authority service delivery model to a unique cross-sector partnership model.
Cllr Paul Watson, Sunderland City Council
Cllr Watson has worked with partners from the private, public, voluntary and faith sectors to ensure that those representing the City have the opportunity to engage creatively and constructively in a dialogue so that it has one voice. Since 2010 the Sunderland Economic Masterplan has been developed and implemented and an Economic Leadership Board established generating 71 investment projects, many internationally funded, worth £532m and creating 3,786 new jobs.
Cllr Peter Evans, West Sussex County Council
Cllr Evans was appointed Cabinet Member for Children – Start of Life just 3 weeks after Ofsted had judged West Sussex County Council’s Safeguarding to be inadequate. Cllr Evan’s successful partnership working is evident in his work across all political parties to ensure full support for the service. He reenergised the organisation’s approach to corporate parenting, which involved close working with all members and culminated in a new Pledge, which he personally ensured every member signed.
Cllr Peter Kane, Birmingham City Council
Cllr Kane founded the Kingstanding Regeneration Trust (KRT), a charity that promotes partnership working at its core. KRT it has made a huge impact on the local community, turning an area with one of the highest levels of anti-social behavior in Birmingham into a secure family play area. The KRT has also undertaken youth engagement work and has recently been awarded £500,000 funding for a NEET unemployment program.
Cllr Melinda Tilley, Oxfordshire County Council
As Cabinet Member for Children, Education and Families, Cllr Tilley is a driving force for partnership working for Oxfordshire education. Cllr Tilley initiated the Oxfordshire Reading Campaign, a highly successful campaign funded by OCC and managed by the National Literacy Trust. The success of this innovative approach is demonstrated by dramatic improvements in literacy standards and KS1 results.
SCRUTINEER OF THE YEAR
Cllr Gavin Edwards, London Borough of Southwark
Cllr Edwards lead a programme that maintains a close focus on housing services. This includes regular reports that lead to innovations in the design of services so that they meet the needs of tenants and leaseholders.
Cllr Ian Rowley, Westminster City Council
Cllr Rowley built up strong partnerships over the past year which have enabled investigations and reports that highlight the health inequalities faced by sex workers. The work has helped to build further partnerships and lead to a number of policy innovations, including specialised training for Policy, councillors, and third sector organisations.
Cllr Jon Hubbard (Chairman), Cllr Andrew Davis, Rev Alice Kemp, Cllr Bill Moss, Cllr Carole Soden and Cllr Bridget Wayman, Wiltshire Council (Members of the Safeguarding Children and Young People Task Group, Group nomination), Wiltshire Council
The Safeguarding Children and Young People Task Group carried out an independent investigative review of the council’s safeguarding work, incorporating the views of frontline workers. The Group made innovative proposals that have been adopted by the council to remove barriers to effective safeguarding of children and young people.
Cllr Kath Perry, Staffordshire County Council
Cllr Perry worked hard to ensure that needs and experiences of the people of Staffordshire are incorporated into the design and commissioning of health services in the county. She has also used the scrutiny function to ensure that important lessons are learned from the events at Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.
Cllr Nigel Cook, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council
Cllr Cook was instrumental in developing the Affordable Warmth Strategy at Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council. He also set up and chairs the Fuel Poverty Partnership, which aims to reduce the effects of fuel poverty on the health and well-being of local people, as well as working to ensure more homes meet the Decent Homes Standard.
SUSTAINABILITY CHAMPION OF THE YEAR
Cllr David Rose, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council
Cllr Rose pioneered Stockton-on-Tees’ first Green Infrastructure and Fuel Poverty Strategy, helping to develop 2014-17 action plans. He also led the Community Energy Savings Programme (CESP) to help reduce household energy bills and tackle fuel poverty, as well as agreeing the Green Vision for the borough, including a range of low carbon and climate change resilience measures.
Cllr John Fisher, Broadland District Council
Cllr Fisher spearheaded a programme of activities to ensure that Environmental Excellence is a key ambition for Broadland District Council, which is now the top recycling authority in Norfolk. Cllr Fisher also lead a bid to the DECC Pioneer Places fund for over £200,000 and a European Regional Development Fund bid for £800,000 for a house retrofitting project.
Cllrs Pete West, Ollie Sykes, and Ian Davey, Brighton & Hove City Council
Cllrs West, Sykes and Davey lead major improvements in sustainability in Brighton & Hove, by winning national funding for a range of schemes, gaining accreditation as the world’s first One Planet City, submitting a UNESCO Biosphere bid, winning ISO accreditation for sustainable events management, as well major improvements biodiversity management.
Cllr Rob Curtis, Vale of Glamorgan Council
Cllr Curtis signed Vale of Glamorgan Council up to WWF’s local authority FSC wood pledge, organised special scrutiny meetings to look at “fracking”, delivered battery recycling in Civic Offices and libraries, and set up recycling banks for tetra cartons and silver foil. He works with members across the political spectrum to ensure support for sustainability initiatives, such as having a “Sustainability and Climate Change” section included in council reports.
Cllr Wendy Schmitt, Braintree District Council
Cllr Schmitt championed the instigation of the Clean and Green Agenda, ensuring that it remained a priority for the council, leading to a 55% reduction of litter across the district. Cllr Schmitt was also influential in developing the Green Heart of Essex campaign, which sought to address the concerns of the community.
YOUNG COUNCILLOR OF THE YEAR
Cllr Andrew Gordon, Basildon Council
Cllr Gordon played a key part in saving a local GPs surgery from closure. Cllr Gordon negotiated with the residents, Primary Care Trust and doctor to hold a meeting to resolve the issue, and ultimately keep the GP surgery open.
Cllr Kate Lewis and Cllr Christopher Peacock, Bolton Council
Both Cllr Lewis and Cllr Peacock campaigned for the local football team, Bolton Wanderers, to drop the sponsorship of a Pay Day Loan firm, by passing a motion to this effect at a council meeting, and then organizing a petition and a protest in the town centre to raise awareness and support for the issue.
Cllr Rhodri Oliver, North Norfolk District Council
Cllr Oliver became the youngest deputy leader in the country at age 22 at the beginning of 2013, setting a fantastic example for young people in politics. He was instrumental in gaining £30,000 for a new state-of-the-art skateboard park and has also raised over £100,000 for a new multi-use games area. He also worked closely with the Sheringham Little Theatre and ensured that £45,000 of works were done externally to improve the building.
Cllr Rosie Denham, Exeter City Council
Cllr Denham meets regularly with the Exeter Chamber of Commerce and the University of Exeter to ensure that everyone is working together to ensure Exeter continues to be a vibrant interesting City to visit, shop, and study and invest in. Cllr Denham met with small businesses in the city and helped create the Exeter Trails and Exeter Trails maps, which are readily available to help visitors find small independent stores. This ensured small businesses did not feel left behind in the development of the city.
Cllr Rowan Draper, Stafford Borough Council
Cllr Draper has been active in Stafford since his election in 2011, regularly proposing motions to the Council on unpaid internships, the bedroom tax and the local Hospital. He has supported the House of Bread, a local community group who act as a food bank. He is the youngest, and most junior ranking, politician involved with the Support Stafford Hospital campaign for acute services.
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