MJ Awards Excellence in Governance and Scrutiny category – judges announced. Get your nominations in!

Posted on 27/01/2016 by Tim Gilling. Tags:



As you know, CfGS has decided to raise the profile of governance and scrutiny this year by introducing an Excellence in Governance and Scrutiny category in The MJ Awards 2016.

This new category provides an great opportunity to highlight the value that effective decision-making, supported by scrutiny and accountability, can bring as well as featuring the skills, knowledge and expertise of those doing the work.

We’re delighted that Jane Robinson (Gateshead Council and SOLACE), Brian Roberts (Leicestershire and CIPFA) and Peter Fleming (Sevenoaks and LGA) have joined our own Jacqui McKinlay as judges. They will be looking for entries that go beyond simple compliance with legal rules but have a focus on aspirational approaches to decision-making that is underpinned by a commitment to local democracy and insight from partners and communities.

Our own Good Scrutiny Awards have attracted very many examples of effective scrutiny making a difference to the way public services are planned and delivered and we’ve seen lots of creativity and innovation from all kinds of councils and other organisations in terms of best scrutiny practice. But, quite frankly, stories of scrutiny success need to have a bigger profile and be heard by a bigger audience and that’s why we are delighted to be working with the MJ on this year’s awards so that examples of good governance and scrutiny are recognised alongside other achievements in the sector.

So, whether you’ve got a great example of scrutiny in practice, or an innovative approach to governance either in your own council or with others, for example through devolution or health and social care integration, or service transformation – you should enter now. Deadline 5th February. With the media spotlight on governance in many sectors at present, it’s time to show what local government can do.   

About the Author: Tim Gilling

Tim is a Director at the Centre for Governance and Scrutiny, leads on health and social care and oversees our work in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.