Award and Recognition Schemes

Honorary Freeperson / Alderperson Award

These awards are the highest honour the London Borough of Newham can bestow.

The Awards Panel would assess nominations against each awards criteria listed below - with the panel aiming to maintain the esteem of the award through careful consideration of the number of recipients - if indeed any.

In this scheme, there are two types of award, Honorary Freeperson and Honorary Alderperson. The information on this webpage explains each award and sets out the criteria for both awards.

The Awards Panel reserves the right to consider the nominee for a Newham Civic Award instead of a Freeperson / Alderperson Award.

The deadline for nominations is  31 March 2022.

Honorary Alderperson / Alderman / Alderwoman

The legislation requires Honorary Alderperson/Alderman/Alderwoman to be “persons who have rendered eminent services to the Council or its predecessors” as former Councillors.

The following criteria can be used by the Awards Panel in forming a view as to whether a nominee should be endorsed:

  • Candidates should have rendered eminent services by way of an exceptional contribution to the Borough and the Council (or its predecessors) in terms of their achievements whilst in office
  • This could be demonstrated by way of service as a Mayor, Civic Ambassador, a political Group Leader, a Cabinet Member or Chair of a Committee
  • This could be demonstrated by way of their influence in achieving major change which resulted in a significant improvement in the social and economic well being of the Borough
  • Candidates would be expected to have served at least four terms of office as a Councillor, though this need not be consecutively
  • Candidates must agree to step down from active politics, at least in so far as refusing further nominations as a Councillor and not stand as a Councillor again.
  • Candidates must be able to command support across the political spectrum and respect in the community and work as a civic figure in an ambassadorial role.

Honorary Freeperson / Freewoman / Freeman

The legislation requires Honorary Freeperson / Freewoman / Freeman to be “persons of distinction and any persons who have rendered eminent services to the Borough”.

The following criteria can be used in forming a view as to whether a nominee should be endorsed:

Candidates should be persons of distinction or persons who have rendered eminent services by way of an exceptional contribution to the Borough.

Candidates could be any of the following:

  • Persons who have given a lifetime of service to the Borough through their work supporting the community, business and local economy, environment and charity work.
  • Persons who have influenced and achieved major change which resulted in a significant improvement in the social and economic well being of the Borough
  • Persons who have made a significant contribution to the Borough through their employment in the public services or their appointment to a public office
  • A resident or person brought up in Newham who has made a significant contribution nationally to arts and culture, sport, the charity and voluntary sector, youth work or supporting vulnerable or older people, tackling social injustice, addressing environment concerns, the uniformed services or civic service.
  • Persons who have served on the Council (or its predecessors) as a Councillor but apart from their length of service would meet the criteria for appointment as an Honorary Alderman/woman
  • A leading international figure who through their actions and statesmanship would be seen as improving the well being of a community where a significant number of members of that community lived in Newham
  • Candidates must be able to command respect from the people of Newham, work as a civic figure in an ambassadorial role and be a role model for young people.

Key Information before making a nomination:

  • The Honorary Freeperson and/or Alderperson Awards will be presented at the Annual Council Meeting in May 2022.
  • In addition to an individual person, you can nominate a group or organisation. 
  • For the nominee to be considered for an award, the Awards Panel need to receive two nominations i.e. each nominee requires 2 people to have made a nomination.
  • Please have the contact details of the other person wishing to make / support the nomination (we will forward them the nominations form link) or please just ask the other nominator to complete and submit a nominations form. 
  • Further criteria for awards nominations can be found on the form link below.

The nomination form, below, will ask:

  • Your details
  • Your nominee details
  • Why you believe the individual, group or organisation should be considered for an award
  • Type of Award (Freeperson or Alderperson)
  • Contact details of additional nominator / reference

Please email piali.dasgupta@newham.gov.uk for any further guidance and help. Please email if you would like to also post or email a submission.