Northumberland council leader up for top award

Grant Davey
Grant Davey

The leader of Northumberland County Council has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

Coun Grant Davey, who became council leader in May 2013, is in the running for Leader of the Year in the 2015 Councillor Achievement Awards, organised by the Local Government Information Unit.

He is among six leaders from across the country to be shortlisted for the honour, which will be announced at an awards ceremony next month.

The awards category states: ‘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.’

It adds: ‘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.’

Steven Mason, lead executive director with the county council, said: “To be put forward as one of the top council leaders in the country is a great achievement both for Coun Davey personally as well as the whole authority.

“Our recent Peer Review highlighted the strong and decisive political leadership and this is reflected by the shortlisting for this award.

“The team said they were impressed with the energy and enthusiasm to deliver for the people of Northumberland, and this comes from the top down. We wish Cllr Davey all the best for the final.”

The winner of the award will be announced on March 2.