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

Newly elected councillor essentials


This training is FREE for councillors at our member councils.

Have you just been elected? Congratulations! LGIU has put together this 2-hour online workshop, especially for you.

Join other newly elected councillors from up and down the country, as we explore the essential knowledge and skills you will need to excel in your new role.

What you’ll learn:

  • The local government landscape: understand the local government system, key legislation, council structure and the part you play.
  • Core responsibilities and skills: including effective representation, good scrutiny,  and the importance of building relationships across the council.
  • How to access resources and support: discover valuable tools, training opportunities, and networks to help you succeed.
  • Looking after your constituents and yourself. An introduction to casework, resilience and safety.

You’ll come away:

  • Feeling more confident as you navigate the complex world of local government.
  • Better able to represent your constituents and address their concerns.
  • With tips and techniques to contribute more effectively to scrutiny sessions and council decision-making.
  • Knowing how to find the resources to support you throughout your term.

Who should attend

This training is perfect for newly elected councillors and anyone eager to refresh their understanding of local government. It’s FREE for LGIU members. New councillors, don’t miss out – check to see if your council is an LGIU member! If you’re not a member, contact us for more information about a free trial today.

Your LGIU trainers

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