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Local Government Awards Northern Ireland now open for entries

Local Government Awards Northern Ireland now open for entries

The Local Government Awards in Northern Ireland showcase brilliance in service provision, new initiatives and personal commitment from councils, councillors and partners. The Awards offer public recognition whilst motivating those delivering and sustaining front line and other key local government services.

Award categories are designed to foster innovation, exceptional commitment and great work all round, whilst providing opportunities for local government’s staff and members to step forward, excel and shine.

Councillor Seán McPeake, NILGA President, said:

“It’s two years on from Local Council Reform – we have seen dramatic change, but also a lot of quiet efficiencies and successes. A huge amount of hard work and dedication has gone into modernising and improving councils for local people and local communities – as well as wider government and civic society.

As we continue this work, the Awards also offer great learning and information exchange, something NILGA fosters every day. I encourage those working within the local government sector to put forward their nominations as soon as possible to compete and potentially be recognised for their outstanding contribution.”

The Awards cover eight categories and sponsor partners/support bodies contributing are: Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE); William Johnston Memorial Trust (WJMT); Enterprise Northern Ireland; Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers (SOLACE); Oracle; Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA); National Association of Councillors (NAC) and Tourism NI.

Nominees are judged by an independent panel. Up to three finalists in each category will get an opportunity to go forward to the Gala Awards Recognition Evening as the culmination of NILGA’s Flagship Annual Conference, “Local Need, Global Reach”, at the La Mon Hotel, Castlereagh, on Thursday 12th October 2017.  

Entry forms are available to download below.


The deadline for completed applications is Friday 7th July 2017.



APPLICATION FORM  (word document) 






Notes to editor:

Photo L to R – Fergus Wheeler, WJMT, Rosemarie McHugh, Tourism NI, Jim Rose, SOLACE, Cllr Terry Andrews, APSE, Michael MacKenzie, Oracle, Cllr Seán McPeake, NILGA, Gordon Gough, Enterprise NI, Alderman Tommy Sandford, NAC and Derek McCallan, NILGA.

The 8 award categories are:

  1.     Best Local Authority Service Team (APSE)
  2.     Employee Of The Year (WJMT)
  3.     Best Enterprise Initiative by a Council (Enterprise NI)
  4.     Best Local Authority Community Planning Initiative (SOLACE NI)
  5.     Best Local Authority Digital Integration Project (Oracle)
  6.     Best Local Authority Elected Member Development Initiative (NILGA)
  7.     Best Initiative By A Councillor/ Councillor Group (NAC)
  8.     Best Local Authority Tourism Initiative (Tourism NI)

The supporting bodies are who are contributing financially and administratively:

  1. Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE);
  2. William Johnston Memorial Trust (WJMT);
  3. Enterprise Northern Ireland;
  4. Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers (SOLACE);
  5. Oracle;
  6. Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA);
  7. National Association of Councillors (NAC)
  8. Tourism NI

For more information, contact Mark Maher, NILGA, on 028 9079 8972 or email m.maher@nilga.org


Promoting excellence in public services

APSE (Association for Public Service Excellence) is a not for profit local government body working with over 300 councils throughout the UK. Promoting excellence in public services, APSE is the foremost specialist in local authority frontline services, hosting a network for frontline service providers in areas such as waste and refuse collection, parks and environmental services, cemeteries and crematorium, environmental health, leisure, school meals, cleaning, housing and building maintenance.




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