Being an Effective Councillor: Serving Your Area & Developing Your Career in Local Government


Councillors play a key role in our local democracy, whether it is through representing local people, holding executive members and officials to account, or campaigning for policy changes on issues they are passionate about. But in the adversarial world of local politics, it is vital that local politicians are equipped with the skills and knowledge they need to make a real difference for their local area and to advance their careers in local government.

Whether you are a new councillor or one of the old guard, our 'Being An Effective Councillor' Briefing on 30th August will allow you to hear from experienced politicians from across the political spectrum and learn from their experience and knowledge to apply this as an elected member in your own patch.

Key Issues to be Addressed Include:

  • The main issues facing local government and how they can be addressed
  • The key characteristics of a good councillor
  • The support available to councillors and how to make best use of it
  • Identifying the key issues you want to address
  • Using all forms of media to build your public image and maximise your influence
  • Building political alliances and good working relationships with council officials
  • Handling casework
  • Managing your time effectively
  • Developing in your role as a councillor, including through executive and committee roles

The Event:

The morning sessions will look at the key characteristics and skills required of a councillor. It will also address how to identify the issues you want to campaign on, the support available to you and how to use your influencing skills to achieve your goals on your own local authority.

The afternoon will address how elected members can develop in their role, build their public image and work their way up through the cabinet and committee systems. It will also examine the key issues facing local government and what councillors can do to address the challenges facing their own council.

Morning refreshments will be served upon arrival with a networking lunch to follow. Any special needs or dietary requirements should be notified to us upon booking.

Who Should Attend?

Attendees at the event will be local councillors from across the country, as well as staff who work with elected members on a daily basis including those from Democratic and Member Services.

For registration enquiries please contact: | 0207 593 5657

To discuss event sponsorship, speaking opportunities and agenda content, please email:

The event is CPD certified, and a certificate is available confirming your attendance.

Thursday 30th August 2018

10.00am - 4.00pm (including networking lunch)

Event to be held in Central London (venue TBC)

Post-Election Discount: 10% off all bookings until Friday 25th May


Public Sector & Not For Profit | 1 Place: £245 | 2+ Places: £195 each

Private Sector | 1 Place: £295 | 2+ Places: £245 each

Above prices exclude VAT

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