Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, South Africa Democracy, devolution and governance

Global Local Executive Panel: Resetting relationships between levels of government


This session is part of our Global Local Executive Panel series. Explore more local solutions to global challenges – FREE for LGIU members.

Session overview

Often, the relationship between local government and other tiers of government can be tense. This panel will explore the relationship between council and other levels of government, how to best maximise engagement with higher levels of government, maintaining relationships with key stakeholders and looking at ways councils can be heard on the big issues that affect their communities.

This event takes place at 8:30-10:00 am BST / 5:30pm – 7:00pm AEST via Zoom

Key areas of exploration

  • Community perceptions about the roles and responsibilities of each level of government
  • Exploring the key elements of an effective working relationship with government
  • How to best maximise influence with other levels of government
  • Tools and strategies to maintain relationships with key stakeholders
  • Being heard and being an effective advocate for community


Sam Plum, Chief Executive, Westmorland and Furness Council, England

David Robertson, Chief Executive, Scottish Borders Council, Scotland, Invited

About Global Local Executive Panels

At LGIU, we are exploring new ways of bringing our members high-level insights from councils across the world on how local government is dealing with key global issues.

The Global Local Executive Panel Series aim to bring together executive speakers from local government across the countries we work in and beyond to share solutions they’ve found to critical challenges faced worldwide. These sessions bring together senior executives from international councils to share ideas, compare approaches and explore learning opportunities.

LGIU and the Victorian Local Government Association (VLGA) are thrilled to gather together senior executives from Ireland, the UK and Australia to explore harmonious decision-making in councils!