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Press Release

Date: 2 October 2017

Brentwood Borough Council Leader, Cllr Louise McKinlay is one of the top Council Leaders in the UK, after making the shortlist for the Council Leader of the Year title.

The prestigious LGiU award (Local Government Information Unit) award saw 200 council leaders’ nominations submitted, but only 7 were chosen for the shortlist. Cllr Louise McKinlay is the ONLY leader from an Essex Local Authority to feature.  

Brentwood Borough Council Chief Executive, Phil Ruck said: “I would like to congratulate our Leader, Cllr Louise McKinlay on the great honour of being shortlisted for this award. Since becoming Chief Executive in 2015,  I have had nothing but admiration for Cllr McKinlay’s achievements. As a council we have been working hard to transform our services and deliver a safe and healthy community and are making tremendous progress. We could not have achieved this without the clear support, direction and leadership that Cllr McKinlay has provided. Communities need leaders with purpose, direction and an ability to inspire. Cllr McKinley has provided that and more. I wish her congratulations on her nomination. “

The winner will be announced at the LGiU event on November 7 at London’s Guildhall Livery Hall, which Cllr McKinlay - who is also Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Resources - is required to attend.

Cllr Louise McKinlay said: “Brentwood is an exceptional place to live and work so I feel particularly honoured to serve this borough and also to represent residents at a broader Essex County Council level. This is reward in itself, but I was thrilled to hear that I had been shortlisted for the Leader of the Year Award.

All Leaders work hard, have to juggle many different demands, and be resolute in their ambitions to produce the best they can from members and officers for residents. I personally have been fortunate enough to lead a council that reflects its residents' spirit. Balancing the books is one thing, but to adapt nimbly and to continually raise the bar on the projects and goals we will achieve is another. I congratulate all those who have been shortlisted and thank the LGA for such a fabulous opportunity for the work of my teams to be recognized.”

Cllr McKinlay and Essex County Council Deputy and Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, Skills, Infrastructure and the Digital Economy Kevin Bentley will open the Brentwood Business Showcase on November 1 where Google and Microsoft will be the main speakers with more than 70 business exhibitors attending. For more details please register on www.brentwoodbusinessshowcase


About the Awards

The LGiU’s eighth annual C’llr Awards ceremony celebrates the amazing work being done by councillors across England and Wales. Past winners can be found here. Rules for the Awards can be found here. Additional information on the C’llr Awards can be found here. Follow #CllrAwards2017 #proudofmycllr for all updates.

.About the Awards Category

Leader of the Year

The leader of the council is fundamental to the strategic direction of the council – in setting the vision and priorities and making sure that they are delivered. Effective leaders will be successful in uniting the group and cabinet, listening to the concerns of all councillors and ensuring that competing voices and priorities are heard. As the public face of the council, leaders will have strong relationships with community groups and put the community at the heart of what they do. They will be prepared to answer the difficult questions that need answering and ensure that they are held accountable for decisions that are made.

 The councillor who wins this category will demonstrate:

  • outstanding commitment to their role as a councillor and council leader
  • clear vision for the council and community that addresses significant concerns of the community
  • evidence of successfully leading the council towards achieving the vision
  • strong relationships with community groups and council partners
  • commitment to accountability and scrutiny
  • how they have overcome splits and factions within the group, successfully uniting them to deliver outcomes for the community.


2017 Cllr Awards Shortlist

Leader of the Year

Cllr Nickie Aiken, Westminster City Council

Cllr Muhammed Butt, London Borough of Brent Council

Cllr Peter Fleming, Sevenoaks District Council

Cllr John Fuller, South Norfolk District Council

Cllr Donna Jones, Portsmouth City Council

Cllr Louise McKinlay, Brentwood Council

Cllr Darren Rodwell, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Council

Media Contact: Lorne Spicer

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