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

Newly elected councillor essentials



Have you just been elected for the first time or a councillor still 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 former head of democratic services 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 whilst navigating your town hall’s politics.

Key outcomes

  • Understand the different roles councillors can prioritise to make a difference
  • Identify personal targets – maintaining voter interest, embedding achievements, passing on the baton
  • Understanding your rights and responsibilities
  • Building relationships within the council and with key partners
  • How to get help when you need it
  • Developing your resilience and wellbeing.

Who should attend

For newly elected councillors or 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

Cllr Duncan Enright is the Deputy Leader in a District Council, opposition lead on Transport at a County Council, and former mayor of his home town. With over 35 years in the publishing industry, he has experience in governance issues and management in several sectors. For 10 years he served as a non-executive director of an NHS Trust and as a current director of a leadership development company, Duncan has trained people all over the world in emotionally intelligent and ethical leadership. He is the author of a number of white papers on the subject including “Politics Beyond the Ego” from Routledge.
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.

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