England & Wales Democracy, devolution and governance, Personal and organisational development

Online Training: An Introduction to Overview and Scrutiny for Elected Members


This online session is aimed at elected members who are new to overview and scrutiny and need to find their feet as soon as possible. This introductory session explores the role of overview and scrutiny within an authority, how to get the best results from its work and the key skills and approaches for doing so.

Outcomes from attending are:

  • Better understanding of the role of, principles behind and value of scrutiny
  • Learning from good practice of other councils
  • Development of skills for scrutiny
  • Opportunity to explore options for the development of scrutiny in the council.


Programme Outline:

  • Reflections on the experience of scrutiny
  • Refresh on principles, roles and value of scrutiny
  • Interactive activity focusing on:
  • priorities for scrutiny
  • team building for scrutiny
  • ways of working in scrutiny
  • work programming
  • project scoping
  • evidence gathering
  • Key learning points and action planning.


Who should attend?

This online session will be relevant to new or recently elected members who need to understand overview and scrutiny.


Dave Burn, LGiU Associate Trainer

Dave is an independent consultant with over 35 years of local government experience, specialising in governance, member development, mentoring and member/officer relations and works with a variety of authorities and public bodies. He is the Director of Frontline Consulting Associates Limited, where he leads on support to Police (Fire) and Crime Panels, an Associate for the Local Government Information Unit, SOLACE and the Centre for Governance Public Scrutiny.

Dave was a peer officer with the Local Government Association prior to his work as a consultant and has delivered training for their Leadership Academy Programme.  He was Head of Democratic Services and Scrutiny at the London of Borough of Lambeth from 2008-2016. He was also Vice-Chair of the Association of Democratic Services Officers (ADSO) from 2015-2019. He assisted officers from the Department of Communities and Local Government on new developments with the scrutiny process. He also assisted international delegations in discussions on the functions of Local Government and how to ensure community cohesion.  He has developed excellent networks and assisted a variety of organisations, working extensively with Members across the political spectrum and with officers from different types of authorities.