LG Challenge

Now in its tenth year, the competition sees the best and brightest local government officers compete in a series of real-life challenges around the country.

LGC 2019

Now in its tenth year, LG Challenge seeks out the best and brightest local government officers to compete in a series of real-life challenges at secret locations around the country. 

Master problem solvers who are passionate about delivering the best for the residents they serve, LG Challengers will come up with innovative solutions to the challenges faced by local government from creating new tourist destinations to saving millions in adult social care. With a Bruce Lockhart scholarship worth up to £10,000 for the winner, you’ll have an opportunity to make a real and long lasting impact in your area, as well as giving your CV a substantial edge.

Over a 6-month period, 10 contestants will tackle five tough real life challenges in councils across the country, spanning front line, financial, creative and leadership challenges. They will develop and hone their people and political management skills, their business acumen and their presentation style and gain valuable media experience.

LG Challenge 2019 has now ended with Rob Comber from Kent County Council winning the prestigious award.

Applications for LG Challenge 2020 will open soon. 


The 2019 LG Challenge is sponsored by the Wates Group - one of the largest privately-owned construction, development and property services companies in the UK. For more information visit their website or their stand at the LGA Annual Conference at the Bournemouth International Centre from 2-4 July 2019.

Challenge 1: Cherwell
Challenge 2: Wiltshire
Challenge 3: Breckland
Challenge 4: Isle of Wight
Challenge 5: Luton
Challenge 6: The Final