Introduction from the Vice-Chair of ADSO, Peter Sass

I am delighted to launch the ADSO awards for 2024. Our three individual award categories are up for grabs this year as well as the highly-prized Team of the Year and I am pleased to let you know that the Board has once again agreed a special, reduced conference rate for all those shortlisted for the awards this year – just £175 per person (inclusive of one night’s accommodation on 25 November). I look forward to receiving a good number of nominations in all four categories and I have no doubt that the shortlisting and decision-making process will be as hard as ever, such is the quality of the democratic services professionals in our sector. Good luck to all of you with this year’s awards.

Why take part in the ADSO Awards?

  • We think that your role in local democracy should be celebrated. The ADSO Awards are an opportunity for us all to get together and celebrate the great work that people in our Democracy teams are doing. It’s a way to encourage new starters and learners, as well as to celebrate our more experienced staff and the dedicated teams who are supporting our citizens and councillors.
  • All of those shortlisted will be offered a much-reduced rate to attend this year’s ADSO Conference – just £175 per person, including one night’s accommodation.
  • The winners of each individual category will receive a trophy and a cash award of £150 to celebrate their achievements.
  • The Team of the Year will receive a trophy and a cash award of £300.
  • All entries for the awards will be entered into a draw and the winner of the draw will be able to choose a local or national charity to receive a donation of £100 from ADSO.

Award Categories

  • Learner of the Year – this award is open to ADSO members who have completed the ADSO Certificate or Diploma since November 2023.
  • Rookie of the Year – recognising an individual who is new to the sector but who has had a strong and positive impact within their team.
  • John Lynch Distinguished service award -recognising the dedication and achievements of an individual who has made a significant and distinguished contribution to the democratic services sector.
  • Team of the Year -celebrating inspiring teams who are working collaboratively with councillors, colleagues and citizens.

Assessment Criteria

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Nomination process and deadlines

Please make your nominations by Friday 12 July 2024 at midnight, making sure you say how your nominee meets the assessment criteria.

Shortlisting will take place by Friday 19 July, followed by Teams or Zoom interviews with the three top submissions in each category.

We will announce the winners as part of the 2024 ADSO Conference.

The submissions will be judged by a panel chaired by the ADSO vice-chair, Peter Sass, and will include a representative of our Gold sponsor, Civica.


All entrants for the awards must provide contact details of their Head of Service or Director at the time of their submission so that we can seek their approval that the nominee can receive the cash prize, if they are the eventual winners.

Good luck

Good luck and get those nominations in as soon as possible – don’t leave it to the last minute!

For further information, please contact Peter Sass: