Rising Star - LGC Awards 2019
This award is open to a single council or where appropriate a partnership of councils, or a council-owned company. Private sector partners can enter on a council’s behalf, with the permission of the council itself.
The effectiveness of councils depends to a significant extent on the quality of their political and managerial leadership. Tomorrow’s chief executives and directors are almost certainly working in councils today in both service areas and corporate roles. The part they are playing now in helping councils to respond to continued budget pressures, developing new relationships with communities and tackling issues such as the housing need, the ageing population and economic growth will help to prepare them for the challenges of tomorrow.
Local government needs to get better at spotting and developing the managerial leaders of tomorrow. This new award is designed to help the sector to do just that. It is intended to highlight local government’s exceptional young officers and professionals who are currently not in corporate management team roles. They are likely to be heads of service or team leaders. They are making change happen, taking difficult decisions and asking important questions – while at the same time preparing to deliver excellent local government in the future.
The judges will be looking for evidence of:
- Innovative work which has delivered demonstrable change;
- A first class understanding of the political process and ability to work effectively with councillors;
- Experience of networking at all levels;
- Sharing knowledge within the sector;
- A commitment to finding better ways of doing things.