England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Democracy, devolution and governance, Personal and organisational development

Make a difference as a councillor


This course is part of the LGIU Build your own curriculum programme. Take three courses in the programme and earn an LGIU certificate of completion.


The right support as a councillor can make all the difference. That’s why we’re helping you consider your role and priorities, including the importance of facilitating community development, fixing resident issues, watching over council decision-making, and acting in your party group to promote your manifesto – to maximise your impact.

Key outcomes

  • Unpicking your Council’s constitution – Knowing your rights as a Councillor
  • Understand the different roles councillors can prioritise to “make a difference”
  • Learn the different styles councillors can develop and adopt
  • Identify personal targets –maintaining voter interest, embedding achievements, passing on the baton.

Who should attend

For councillors in their first year or so since elections and/or wanting to review their impact – and for member services staff supporting them – to develop councillors’ thinking/plans for how to make a difference.

Your LGIU Trainer

Dave Burn 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.
Liz Green has been a London borough councillor for nearly 20 years and works as a trainer, coach and mentor for elected members. In addition to her council roles, Liz works cross-party on local government improvement and climate change best practice and is a board member of a charity providing housing to those with complex mental health problems.

What others are saying about LGIU training

I learnt a great deal during the session and feel much more confident to apply the new skills I’ve acquired. Thank you for running such an insightful and interactive training. I really enjoyed the time and will be recommending it to my colleagues.

– Shireena, from Waltham Forest