Emergency Planning and Civil Resilience Political Leadership masterclass

A new political leadership masterclass has been developed which focuses on the role of the councillor when preparing for and dealing with a crisis.


This one-day masterclass, to be held in Durham on Monday, 14 October, will feature expertise and experience from leaders involved in responding to different types of major emergency. It will provide an introduction to handling the media, understanding your role as a councillor during a civil emergency and provide practical advice and best practice.

Key aspects of the masterclass include:

  • the role of councillor during a civil emergency – looking at both your role as a representative of the council and as local community leaders
  • the role in preparing for, responding to and recovering from emergencies and in particular around building and maintaining trust in communities.
  • Input will be provided from local emergency planning officers and communications experts about how to deal with the press during a civil emergency.

Feedback from previous delegates:

  • I really thought the day was excellent, so much food for thought and pertinent presentations.
  • Lots to begin working on as a result of this.
  • Very good session, I was stimulated. Useful to hear experiences of other areas.
  • Very informative.
  • Well structured and organised course.
  • Tutors were perfect – very knowledgeable and accessible.
  • Excellent course with plenty of opportunities to engage, exchange views and information.
  • Lots of things to take away and apply in my work.

This masterclass is suitable for all elected councillors, irrespective of position within an authority.  It is free to attend.

Date and venue
Monday, 14 October from 10.00am to 4.30pm
Radisson Blu Hotel, Durham

Bookings and further information
Grace Collins, Adviser – Leadership and Localism 
Email: grace.collins@local.gov.uk