The LGiU and CCLA are delighted to announce that Councillor Lynn Pallister of Redcar & Cleveland Council has won the 2016 C’llr Achievement Award for County Councillor of the Year.

The seventh annual Awards Ceremony was held on Tuesday evening (November 1st) against the beautiful backdrop of the Guildhall’s Livery Hall in London. The Awards are the only national ceremony to honour the hard work of councillors from across the country that often goes unrecognised.

Councillor Pallister was selected as the County Councillor of the Year for being a committed advocate for her constituents and bringing about positive change in her community. Through her role as a Community Enterprise Manager with FROG – Future Regeneration of Grangetown – she recently helped secure £1 million of funding to transform a derelict social club into a community space to serve the Grangetown community. Lynn also took the lead in setting up Teesside Steel Appeal, a local charity supporting families affected by the closure of the local steelworks in 2015. The appeal attracted support from across the country, including major retailers, and ensured that families who had lost work could still enjoy Christmas despite the loss of income.

With nearly 200 nominations, a record amount for the Awards, competition was extremely tight this year. The winners were selected by a group of judges made up of local government experts and councillors. The full list of winners is available on our website here.

Jonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive, LGiU said: “The 2016 C’llr Award winners showcase the best of the best across local government. These are the councillors who are working tirelessly to make our communities better places to live.

For the past seven years we have been honouring the work of councillors, but this year’s winners have really pushed the envelope. It is such a privilege to honour their achievements.  We congratulate Councillor Pallister on her outstanding work and are looking forward to hearing about her future accomplishments.”