Former mayor wins prizeat the Star Council Awards

Former Mayor of Berwick, Gregah Roughead, was announced as runner-up for the Young Councillor of the Year category in the National Association of Local Council (NALC)'s Star Council Awards last week.

Friday, 9th November 2018, 06:16 am
Coun Gregah Roughead with his Young Councillor of the Year runner-up prize.

NALC’s annual awards celebrate the positive impact local councils, councillors and county associations have on their communities, and is the ultimate accolade for the sector.

Coun Roughead was nominated after a national call for nominations, with individuals citing his commitment to local bus services, his impact as the youngest mayor of Berwick since the 2009 local government reorganisation and his enthusiasm for broadening participation and diversity.

He said: “It was a privilege to have been nominated, shortlisted and then a finalist in this year’s Star Council Awards.

“Being the first community councillor from Northumberland (which for NALC includes Newcastle and North Tyneside) to be a finalist in the Star Awards Young Councillor of the Year Award category is pretty good.

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“Although only runner-up in the Young Councillor of the Year category, this is still a fantastic accolade as across the various categories, to have made it to the final dozen or so community councillors in the country out of a potential 80,000, is a great honour.”

He represents Berwick West with Ord on Northumberland County Council and Grove ward on Berwick Town Council. He was Mayor in 2017/18.

Coun Sue Baxter, chairman of NALC, added: “Each year the awards get bigger and the level of entries gets stronger.

“This year we were particularly pleased to see how local councils have engaged with their communities to make a positive impact. We received a record number of nominations this year and would like to congratulate this year’s finalists, and thank everyone for their entries.

“I applaud all of this year’s finalists and commend them on the fantastic work they are carrying out on behalf of their communities.”