The council of the year will be judged by Audit Commission controller Andrew Foster, Birmingham City Council chief executive Sir Michael Lyons, Local Government Association chief executive Brian Briscoe and Zurich Municipal director Eddie White.
The other LGC awards judges:
Community initiative of the year: David Henshaw, chief executive, Liverpool City Council and president, the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives; Carole Hassan, chief executive, Trafford MBC; Keith Purvis, deputy general manager of The St Paul.
Councillor development initiative of the year: Patricia Coleman, associate, the Improvement and Development Agency; Cheryl Miller, chief executive, East Sussex CC; Dennis Reed, director, the Local Government Information Unit.
Finance team of the year: Steve Bundred, chief executive, Camden LBC; Bob Kerslake, chief executive, Sheffield City Council; Susan Smith, director, Hays Accountancy Personnel Public Sector.
Housing team of the year: Brian Griffiths, director of housing services, Leicester Housing Association and president of the Institute of Housing; Margaret Vass, depute director of housing, Glasgow City Council; Frank Newell, head of product marketing, First Software.
Improving services with e-technology: Mel Usher, chief executive, the Improvement and Development Agency; Barry Quirk, chief executive, Lewisham LBC; Ian Cockerall, divisional manager, public sector SAP.
Innovation of the year: Viv Sugar, chief executive, City & County of Swansea Council; Douglas Sinclair, chief executive, Fife Council; John Farrell, strategic partnering, Xerox.
Legal team of the year: Peter Bounds, consultant and former chief executive of Liverpool City Council; George Krawiec, town clerk, Southend-on-Sea BC; Arthur Morris, director, Risk Management Partners.
Management team of the year: David Clark, chief executive, City of York Council; Wendy Thomson, director of inspection, Audit Commission; Steve Crabbe, general manager, BT local and regional government.
Personnel team of the year: Terry Gorman, head of personnel and corporate services, Nottinghamshire CC and president of the Society of Chief Personnel Officers; Charles Nolda, executive director, the Employers Organisation: John Tarrant, chief operating officer, TMP Worldwide.
Public/private partnership of the year: Peter Rogers, chief executive, Westminster City Council; Lucy de Groot, director, HM Treasury public services directorate; John McLeod, sales director, Vertex.
Public relations team of the year: Carol Grant, consultant and former director of communications at the LGA; Phill Swann, current director of communications at the LGA; Adrian Roxan, managing director, Citigate Westminster.
Social services team of the year: Denise Platt, chief inspector, HM Social Services Inspectorate; Judith Hunt, consultant and former director of the Local Government Management Board; Fraser McCluskey, managing director, OLM Consulting.