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

Being an effective councillor: making a difference and doing it your way



The right support as a councillor can make all the difference. That’s why we’re bringing you three evening online sessions that will help 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. Join us for…

Session 1: 6 December 2022: 18:30-19:45

  • Welcome and introduction, with a focus on what to watch out for in your first few weeks and months.

Session 2: 7 March 2023: 18:30-20:30

  • Newly or recently elected – what next? Focusing on the needs of your community.

Session 3: TBC: 18:30-20:30

  • How’s it going? With a focus on the formal roles you may take on and styles you may adopt.

Key outcomes

  • 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

Cllr Rachel Eden has been an elected member of a Unitary Authority since 2010, having served in a range of roles including the opposition, cabinet member, committee chair and is the former mayor of Reading Council. As an experienced trainer, she specialises in finance, management and social media and is a qualified management accountant. Rachel delivers training to individuals and groups ranging from employees of multinational corporations to volunteers at small charities.
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.

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