Since 2012, the association has introduced an Award presented to a member of IACD deemed by the Board to have made a significant contribution towards the work of the association and to the field of community development. These Awards, called Lifetime Achievement Award and Global Community Development Ambassador Award are presented at our international conferences. To date we have had one Lifetime Achievement Award and five Global Ambassador Awards.

Charlie McConnell

Charlie is a previous President and Secretary General of IACD. He was a member of the Board for eighteen years, during which he was instrumental in re-launching the association with its HQ in Scotland. Charlie has had a longstanding career in community development, including nearly a decade as CEO of the Scottish Community Education Council and a decade working in the Foundation sector, first as European and Public Affairs Director of the Community Development Foundation and then as CEO of the Carnegie Trust.  Charlie was appointed the first chairperson of the UK’s Training Standards Organisation for Community Learning and Development training in 1999. He served on the Editorial Board of IACD’s partner academic journal the Community Development Journal for ten years and was instrumental in forging the first MoU between IACD and CDJ. He is the author/editor of five books, one of which – The Making of an Empowering Profession ran to three editions.

The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Charlie in 2017, in acknowledgement of his work in rebuilding IACD as the international voice for community developers.

Gary Craig

Gary is a previous President of IACD and the world’s first Professor of Social Justice. He was for many years the editor of the Community Development Journal. His main areas of interest are ‘race’ and ethnicity, poverty and inequality, community development, and local governance. He is also co-director and Founding Fellow of the Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation (WISE), patron Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.  The Award was presented to Gary in 2012, in acknowledgement of his international work around community development and social justice.

Ingrid Burkett

Ingrid is a former President of IACD. She runs a social business in Australia and is a passionate advocate of community-based practice. Ingrid specialises in local and international community economic development and is interested in links between community development, community economic development and community cultural development. She has practised, taught and researched community development for over 20 years. The Award was presented to Ingrid in 2014, in acknowledgement of her international work around community economic and asset-based community development.

Randy Adams

Randy is a previous Vice President of IACD, a past President of the Community Development Society (CDS) in the U.S. and for many years worked with the US Peace Corps in over forty countries. Latterly Randy was the Executive Director of the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) in the U.S. The Award was presented to Randy in 2016, in acknowledgement of his international development work with the Peace Corps.

Anita and Kalyan Paul

Anita and Kalyan were presented with the Global Ambassador Award jointly at the 2017 international conference in New Zealand. Co-directors of the Pan Himalayan Grassroots Development Programme they have worked for four decades supporting community development in the highland regions of India. The Award was presented to Anita and Kalyan, in acknowledgement of their huge contribution towards building an holistic sustainable development approach to community development in India.