Rising Star - LGC Awards 2021
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, alongside the national pandemic response, 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 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 individual may have performed outstandingly in the pandemic response, but this award is not designed exclusively to reward a single outstanding contribution in this regard. The award recognises sustained contribution which may or may not include elements of resilience and pandemic response.
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.
The judges will be looking for evidence of:
- Innovative work which has delivered demonstrable change;
- Examples of outstanding resilience in the face of challenges potentially including the pandemic;
- 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 innovate and finding better ways of doing things.