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Local Government Challenge is a competition which seeks out the best and brightest local government officers with the drive and determination to reach the top.

Competitors take part in a series of real-life challenges in host authorities aro


und the country, which test their individual and team-working skills. The winner can look forward to a career-enhancing scholarship worth up to £10,000 from the Bruce Lockhart Leadership Programme, to be used to promote localism and local government through the exchange of ideas between the UK, the USA and Europe - and to put into practice successful ideas. The findings will be published to promote best practice and raise the status of local leadership and local government in the UK.

Local Government Challenge 2014 winner

Graeme Kane has today, 10 July 2014, been crowned winner of the Local Government Challenge 2014.

Following the 5th and final challenge at Breckland Council, the four finalists have now been chosen. They are:

  • Charlotte Breen- London Borough of Sutton
  • Jade Taylor- Central Bedfordshire Council
  • Graeme Kane- Mole Valley District Council
  • Si-Chun Lam- Coventry City Council

The four 2014 finalists have promoted their Scholarship proposals from their stands at Annual Conference. The winner has now been annouced as Graeme Kane on Thursday 10 July.

See related press release: Local Government Challenge winner announced

Watch all contestants participating in the Breckland challenge in May below and click here to see all the videos from this year's challenge:

Local Government Challenge 2014

The following 10 contestants were chosen to participate in the Local Government Challenge 2014: 

  • Charlotte Breen- London Borough of Sutton
  • Jade Taylor- Central Bedfordshire Council
  • Michelle Scott- Leeds City Council
  • Mahbub Anam- London Borough of Tower Hamlets
  • Matthew Carney- Worcester City Council
  • Victoria Jeffrey- Surrey County Council
  • Graeme Kane- Mole Valley District Council
  • Daniel Parry- Doncaster City Council
  • Si-Chun Lam- Coventry City Council
  • Fiona Price- Northampton City Council

The following council hosted challenges:

Further information

Please contact: lgchallenge@local.gov.uk

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