Global Local Executive Panel Series

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Local government everywhere is facing many challenges. From the cost of living crisis to housing shortages, our Global Local Executive Panel Series brings practical insights and ideas from chief executives and local authority experts from all over the world. Each panel is an opportunity to connect and share experiences with other local government professionals working to make progress on these issues.

Join us for practical discussions featuring executive speakers from local government across the countries we work in and beyond.

These sessions bring together local government professionals from councils worldwide to share ideas, compare approaches and explore learning opportunities. We’re checking in with Melbourne, getting the scoop on Inverness, hearing the craic from Galway, and chatting with Exeter in this exciting series!

Attendance is FREE for LGIU and partner organisation members

2024 Programme

Discussions that connect decision-makers, find solutions and make progress in communities worldwide.

Strategies for tackling misinformation in local government

18 April 2024, 8:30am – 10:00am BST / 5:30pm – 7:00pm AEST

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From Smart Cities to Sustainable Futures - AI and Local Governance

24 October, 2024, 16:30-18:00 pm BST / 11:30-1:00am EST
Presented in partnership with: Smart Cities World

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Challenges and opportunities in managing coastal communities

7 November, 2024, 8:30am – 10:00am GMT / 7:30pm – 9:00pm AEDT

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Previous panels

Our previous executive panel series have explored topics ranging from pandemic responses and community wellbeing to child-friendly communities and the housing crisis. LGIU members have FREE access to our archives so you can watch these sessions again or read the summaries below.

COP26: One Year On - November 2022

One year on from COP-26 and during COP-27, LGIU and VLGA brought together a panel of council Chief Executives from across the globe to discuss what’s happened in the last twelve months and the ongoing implications for local government.

Read the highlights or watch an event re-cap!

Active leadership for active transport - September 2022

On 1 September 2022, the  panel to discussed how leadership changes at local and state levels can create more connected cities and neighbourhoods that prioritise walking and cycling.

Read the highlights or watch the event proceedings.

Biodiversity Planning and Green Spaces - July 2022

The panel of council chief executives from England, Scotland and Victoria, along with the Victorian Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability to discuss their varying approaches to biodiversity planning and green spaces in urban and rural areas.

Read the highlights or watch the whole event.

Trust & Culture in Local Government- May 2022

On 26 May 2022, LGiU Australia and VLGA dove into the subject of trust and culture in local government and the kinds of circumstances which may lead to a loss of trust in local government. In this session, we heard from a panel of local government experts from England and Australia.

Click here for the recap/video

Local Government Reform - March 2022

LGiU and VLGA’s first panel of 2022 tackled the many-faceted subject of local government reform. Our international panel of local government CEOs detailed experiences their councils have faced when dealing with reform and reform processes as well as theoretical reflections on certain aspects of sector reform more widely.

Click here for the recap/video

Addressing the Housing Crisis - October 2021

The final LGIU and VLGA panel of 2021, Innovative Approaches to Addressing the Housing Crisis, brought together representatives from Cornwall Council in the UK, Cork City Council in Ireland, and Infrastructure Australia to explore the ways in which local governments can and are working to address the housing crisis.

Click here for the recap/video

Community Wealth Building - August 2021

In this session the international expert panel discussed community wealth building from their own varied perspectives and explored how local governments in both Australia and Scotland are utilising community wealth building initiatives, creating a fairer, more sustainable economy and directing wealth back into local communities.

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Child-Friendly Communities - July 2021

On July 15th 2021, LGIU Australia and VLGA presented an international panel of expert speakers who detailed their varied experiences in building communities that serve the needs of children and young people and explore how becoming a Child-Friendly City can ensure the future wellbeing of whole communities.

Click here for the recap/video

Community Wellbeing - March 2021

On March 18th 2021, LGIU Australia, VLGA and LGPro presented an international panel of local government executives to explore how local governments in Australia and the UK are finding innovative ways to deliver improved community wellbeing outcomes against a backdrop of a pandemic and challenging economic climate.

Click here for the recap/video

Pandemic responses - December 2020

On December 17th 2020, VLGA, LGPro and LGIU were proud to bring to you a panel of global-local government CEOs discussing the impacts of Covid-19 on the operations of council, the impacts for the municipal communities which they serve and to examine what lies ahead as we move toward a post-acute Covid environment.

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Our partners

Thanks to these organisations that have partnered with us to bring the Global Local Executive Panels to our members.

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Victorian Local Governance Association

The VLGA is an independent (non-partisan) governance organisation supporting councils and councillors in achieving the highest standards of governance on behalf of their communities. They provide opportunities for councillor networking, professional development and information exchange and actively engage with key policymakers and broader stakeholders to inform, influence and lead the conversations that determine the priorities for the local government sector in Victoria. | [email protected]

Improvement Service Scotland

The IS was established in 2005 as the national improvement organisation for Local Government in Scotland. They were set up to deliver improvement support that would help councils to provide effective community leadership, strong local governance and deliver high-quality, efficient local services. IS provides a range of transformational change, performance and improvement support, data and intelligence services and digital public services.

Are you a member of LGIU?

Founded in 1983 and now operating as LGIU England & Wales, LGIU Scotland, LGIU Ireland and LGIU Australia, we work for and with local authorities around the world, helping them to serve their citizens more effectively. We provide the unrivalled intelligence and support that local government needs every day and drive forward the ideas and solutions needed to provide sustainable public services in the future. Find out more.

Get involved

For more information about how your council or organisation can participate in a future Global Local Executive Panel, please contact Jen Pufky.

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