Outstanding Individual Contribution - LGC Awards 2021
This special award for 2021 aims to recognise an exceptional individual in local government who embodies the qualities of resilience, compassion, flexibility, innovation and creativity to cope with adversity. The recipient may have developed innovative solutions to enable their council and its partners to continue providing critical services during the huge challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Anyone working in local government at any level is eligible to apply. This is not a lifetime achievement award – it is a reflection of the individual’s contribution predominantly during the period in question. The individual may have performed outstandingly in the pandemic response, or in a largely unrelated area of the council’s work
The individual needs to still be working in local government at the time of the announcement of the Awards shortlist and have no plans or expectation to not be working in local government at the time of the Awards ceremony.
We welcome entries from candidates themselves or nominations from those who wish to highlight an individual they believe merits this recognition.
Submissions should focus on:
- The individual’s job title, with an explanation of their remit and expected responsibilities;
- A description of the exceptional challenges they have faced in the period in question;
- An explanation of why their work was out of the ordinary, for instance why what they did was innovative, their ability to work alongside other people including external partners and the level of dedication and resilience that they displayed;
- Evidence of the success of their work in terms of goals accomplished and any data confirming this;
Award entries will be judged upon
- The scale of the qualities demonstrated by the individual – such as innovation, resilience, compassion, flexibility and creativity, as well as evidence of the impact it has had;
- The extent to which their work can inspire and influence the rest of local government;
- The individual’s ability to network, influence, share knowledge and offer support across the system, potentially including with partner organisations, councillors and at all levels of the council;
- The extent of their commitment to bring about improvement.