MJ Awards

  • Bhaskar to host MJ Awards

    06 April 2022

    The MJ is delighted to announce that comedian and actor Sanjeev Bhaskar is to be guest presenter at The MJ Awards gala lunch on June 24 in London, where he will announce the winners in 18 categories.


  • We can all play a leading role

    02 March 2022

    Leadership comes in many forms, and as Neil Lupin reflects on the countless examples being displayed both on a local level and abroad, he finds that leadership is not just the preserve of those ‘in charge’.


  • The art of good leadership

    22 February 2022

    Director of executive search at Penna Dawar Hashmi looks at the various definitions of leadership in today’s landscape and, using the experiences of the past, outlines how you can be an effective one.


  • Praise for two outstanding directors

    26 January 2022

    Two senior executives, one in children’s services and the other in public health, shared the top prize in the corporate director category in The MJ Achievement Awards 2021. Michael Burton reports.


  • Let’s hear it for Rochdale’s community heroes

    26 January 2022

    The success of Rochdale MBC in empowering people to solve their own communities’ needs soon became apparent during the pandemic. Nick Kilby pays tribute to an approach that won the council The MJ Award for Community Heroes.


  • A genuine champion for Calderdale

    19 January 2022

    Mark Broadbent joined Calderdale MBC as a 16-year-old digital apprentice. His passion for the local area and stellar performance, particularly in response to the pandemic, led to his win in the Rising Star category in The MJ Awards 2021.


  • Using data to support Bradford’s vulnerable through COVID

    19 January 2022

    Bradford City Council won the Building Diversity and Inclusion category of The MJ Awards for a partnership project working with vulnerable communities using data-led interventions to keep people safe during COVID. Kersten England explains.


  • Achieving great things for Kingston

    11 January 2022

    Kingston RLBC won the senior leadership team of the year category of The MJ Awards 2021. Great staff have come together to collectively own the budget and quickly transform lives, writes Ian Thomas.


  • Pride in Plymouth puts the city on top

    11 January 2022

    Plymouth City Council’s ambition, community engagement and effective partnership working earned it The MJ’s Local Authority of the Year award. Michael Burton reports.


  • Leading from the heart

    08 December 2021

    Joanne Roney was given the accolade of chief executive of the year at The MJ Awards. She talks to Heather Jameson about working her way to the top, and the number one quality needed in sector leaders.


  • The MJ Awards 2022 is open for entries

    04 November 2021

    Calling all local authority teams – The MJ Local Government Achievement Awards 2022 are now open for entries.


  • How virtual reality is helping to tackle domestic abuse

    12 October 2021

    Gita Hargun, Service Manager for the Families Together Hub at London Borough of Redbridge, discusses how virtual reality can be used as an intervention tool to help reduce domestic abuse cases.


  • Plymouth named local authority of the year at MJ Achievement Awards

    17 September 2021

    The council took home the top gong at glittering ceremony.


  • Through turbulent times – let’s celebrate leadership

    10 August 2021

    Penna is proud to sponsor the Senior Leadership Team category as part of The MJ’s annual Achievement Awards. Julie Towers reflects on the impressive calibre of senior leadership demonstrated by this year’s finalists.


  • Balls steps into awards presenting chair

    22 July 2021

    There could be dancing in the aisles at The MJ’s awards gala lunch on September 17 – for former Strictly Come Dancing star Ed Balls will be announcing the winners.


  • Carpe Diem - Seize the Day

    19 July 2021

    Chief executive at Cratus, Nick Kilby, has been judging the finalist for the Community Heroes Award for The MJ Awards. He says the experience left him feeling ‘emotional and heartened’.


  • Sticking with simplicity

    13 July 2021

    To say that The MJ’s chief executive of the year Chris Naylor has had a busy year is an understatement. He talks to Heather Jameson about what he loves doing – reforming organisations to 'do some remarkable things’.


  • MJ Awards shortlist revealed

    06 July 2021

    More than 120 trailblazing local authority projects, teams and individuals have been shortlisted for The MJ Local Government Achievement Awards 2021.


  • On the right track in West Northants

    19 May 2021

    Had the enormity of the task facing the new West Northamptonshire Council been set out as a business continuity exercise it would have seemed a bit far-fetched, says Rebecca Peck – but a bright future lies ahead.


  • Entries to The MJ Awards smash records

    18 May 2021

    The number of entries to this year’s The MJ Awards has smashed all records by being the highest since they were launched 18 years ago.