The East Lothian Courier Community Champion Awards 2023 will take place on Thursday, May 30 at TBC.

The evening includes a sparkling drinks reception, three-course meal, entertainment from local talent and the awards presentation.

Tickets are now available to buy via the link below.

(coming soon)


Thursday, March 28, 2024


Thursday, May 30 , 2024




Venue TBC, East Lothian

How to Enter

It is quick and easy to nominate a group/individual for an East Lothian Courier Community Champion Award.

1. Choose A Category

Choose a category from the list below.

2. Choose an entry method

Either submit the form online by clicking the ‘Enter Now’ button, or download the entry form and submit it via email when ready.

3. Complete the form and send it

The form is just a few simple questions to give us an idea of why your nominee deserves to win.

If you have any questions regarding the entry process or require the entry form in a different format, please see the FAQ section below or get in touch via the details on the contact page.



This category celebrates a person or a business who have demonstrated a special entrepreneurial flair, and has turned this passion to help grow their local community.


For a local club/individual who is making an impact in the local sport, either on the pitch or off it. Who is the beating heart of local sport?


Everyone remembers their favourite teacher. This award recognises teachers who are bringing learning to life by engaging and inspiring all children and young people to fulfil their potential.

COMMUNITY CHAMPION OF THE YEAR – Sponsored by East Coast Buses

Rewarding a local individual, 18 years and upwards who goes out of their way to help those around them. Someone whose actions are a force for good in the community who we all benefit from making our community a better place.

YOUTH COMMUNITY CHAMPION AWARD – Sponsored by SSE Renewables Berwick Bank Wind Farm

We are looking for a young person between the age of 13 and 18 who volunteers and makes a significant contribution to their local community. We know kids sometimes get a bad reputation. Tell us now about the kids whose heart is in the right place.


This award goes to someone who has made a contribution of outstanding significance to East Lothian. We will be recognising an adult whose actions, achievements, courage or bravery have touched the lives of others and made a difference. Someone special who truly has a heart of gold.


The Health & Care Award will recognise the incredible health and care workers both at individual and team level, who are at the heart of our local community.


To recognise an outstanding child age up to and including 12 whose achievements, courage or bravery make your heart burst with pride.


When it comes to charity, East Lothian is as big-hearted as you can get. This award is for an individual or group, who have dedicated their lives to supporting an amazing cause. A chance to recognise the incredible work they undertake tirelessly.


This award will go to a local singer, band or group who put their heart and soul into every performance, whose talent makes us all extremely proud. Our finalists will have the opportunity to perform live at the awards gala.

GREEN CHAMPION AWARD – Sponsored by Sustainable Facilities Management

This award aims to recognise an individual who strives to improve their local areas for the benefit of everyone who lives and works there. They will demonstrate the contribution they have made to their local community whilst championing sustainability. It could be through regular clean-ups, eco-friendly initiatives, or gardening – the sky is the limit!

Panel Members

Derek Hanlan

Associate Tax Director, Martin Aitken & Co Ltd.

“With nearly 25 years of experience gained from working in prominent Big 4 accountancy firms and as the previous Director of Taxation at Craig Corporate, Derek is highly qualified, being CIOT certified.

He specialises in providing tax compliance and transactional-related tax advice to SMEs and owner-managed businesses across diverse industries and market sectors.

Derek is frequently sought after for his expertise in advising on succession matters in family-run businesses and supporting business start-ups, including EIS and SEIS companies. Notably, he is a member of the Scottish Technical Sub-Committee of the Chartered Institute of Taxation.”

You can also find the info above here.

Emma Congreve

Emma Congreve is a Senior Knowledge Exchange Fellow and Deputy Director at the Fraser of Allander Institute. Emma’s work at the Institute is focussed on policy analysis, covering a wide range of areas of social and economic policy.

Emma is an experienced economist and has previously held roles as a senior economist at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and as an economic adviser within the Scottish Government.

Her particular area of expertise is economic policy relating to low income households. She also has a background in a range of policy areas, including local government finance and environment and agricultural economic policy.

Grant Johnston

Partner and Head of Wealth Planning, Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP

Grant Johnston is an experienced private client solicitor, and is also qualified as a financial planner.   This dual qualification allows him to provide individuals, families and business owners with properly joined-up and appropriate advice taking full account of their personal circumstances.   He helps to plan both legal and financial affairs to meet clients’ objectives and goals in the short and longer term.

Grant is also a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).  He advises on tax, wills, trusts and estate planning as well as overall wealth planning, including investments, pensions, and protection.  He works with clients to develop and implement a bespoke long term plan, and then to review progress and help them stay on track to meeting their objectives.


Who can enter?

Anyone can submit a nomination, but nominees must be East Lothian based.

Why should I enter?

By putting forward an individual, group or business for an award, you are helping the East Lothian Courier recognise the unsung heroes who are making a difference in communities.

How do I enter?

You must complete our entry form to submit a nomination. Head to the ‘How to Enter’ section above for instructions.

Can I enter more than one category?

You can submit as many nominations as you like across the 11 different categories. The categories and the criteria for each can be found in the ‘Categories’ section above.

What is the deadline for entries?

The entry deadline is Thursday, March 28 at 6pm.

How much does it cost?

It is free to enter the awards and all finalists will receive one free ticket to attend the ceremony (or two free tickets if aged under 18).

Additional ticket information TBC

What happens next one I’ve entered?

Once you have submitted an entry, we will add your nomination to the judging pack for consideration. Once the judging has taken place, we will contact you to let you know if your entry has been shortlisted or not.

How does the judging process work?

All the entries we receive will be considered by our judging panel at the judging session in April. Please note that the shortlist and winners are decided solely by our panel and do not come down to a public vote or number of nominations received.

When will the shortlist be announced?

The shortlist will be listed in the East Lothian Courier and on this website in May.

When will the winners be announced?

The winners will be announced at our glittering awards ceremony on Thursday, May 30 at TBC . More information on the event and tickets can be found in the ‘The Awards Ceremony’ section below.

What do I do if I have more questions?

We are happy to answer any additional questions you may have regarding the entry process or event. Please contact Alana Massie ,Event Manager , T: 07702807008, E: alana.massie@newsquest.co.uk