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. Buy 2 courses in the programme and get the third for free (plus earn an LGIU certificate of completion). Purchase your 3-pack here


Are you a new or recently elected councillor finding your feet? You stood to be a councillor for a reason, so how do you achieve it? And how do you keep your head above water whilst making your mark?

This interactive workshop will give you some of the tricks of the trade from an experienced councillor and democratic services officer and leave you with actions to make a difference for your community. This workshop will also help you keep hold of the bigger picture and achieve your goals for your community.

Key outcomes

  • Setting and monitoring your objectives
  • Understanding your rights and responsibilities
  • Building relationships within the council and with key partners
  • How to get help when you need it
  • Keeping your head above water.

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 over 20 years and has worked as a trainer, facilitator, coach and mentor for elected members for the past decade. Passionate about improving local government, she works with members and officers to help them to 'be their best' so they can deliver for their communities, both on the big projects like climate action or localised engagement work. Outside of council, Liz is a volunteer and chair of a local charity working with young people with social, emotional and mental health issues.

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