The Young Local Authority of the Year competition puts those in the early stages of their careers in local government in the spotlight.
The competition was established in 2006, with this year’s event taking place in Lancaster.
Middlesbrough was one of only two local authorities from the North East to be taking part, going head-to-head in good-natured competition with 37 other teams from across the UK.
The Council was represented this year by Head of Culture Charlotte Nicol and Programme Office Co-ordinator Jade Stainthorpe.
In preparation for the big event the pair gave presentations to the Council’s Leadership Management Team and members of the Executive.
At the finals, each team was invited to introduce themselves and give a presentation on Pride of Place.
For their pre-prepared argument about an issue of current interest or controversy, Charlotte and Jade chose to discuss equal rights and gender.
The pair were also required to deliver a response to an on-the-spot question with no notes or prior preparation.
Jade said: “We were both really proud to represent Middlesbrough, and we’re grateful to everyone at the Council and those involved with organising the event for the opportunity and for all the encouragement along the way.
“I think we gave a good performance on the day, but sadly the London Borough of Redbridge rose above the rest to claim this year’s award.
“It’s been a great experience, and we’ve learned a lot and met some great people from other local authorities.”
Councillor Mick Thompson, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Culture and Communities, said: “In Middlesbrough we take great pride in our mix of experience and up-and-coming talent.
“The town is entering a fascinating chapter in its history, and if we are to continue to be progressive and forward-looking it’s vital that we develop and nurture the people who will shape the town’s future.
“As part of that process the Young Local Authority of the Year competition is a fantastic opportunity for young people to gain new communication skills, and network with counterparts from other local authorities.
“Charlotte and Jade have done themselves proud, and I’m grateful to them for helping to spread the word about Middlesbrough.”