Focus on Leadership

The Focus on Leadership series provides seminars and events to help councillors in their existing roles and provide a bridge to more senior leadership positions.

Focus on Leadership events include; The Young Councillor's weekender, BAME Councillor's Weekender and Effective Opposition – supporting councillors to build valuable networks with peers from across the country.

Who is the Focus on Leadership series for?
The Focus on Leadership series is open to councillors who are interested in making links with others in a similar position or situation.

Fees
These vary depending on the event, please get in touch for more information.


Forthcoming Focus on Leadership workshops include:

Effective Opposition

This programme, aimed at opposition leaders and deputy leaders, is designed to help participants to get a better understanding of how they can enhance the effectiveness of their role in leading an opposition group on their council. It will focus on a range of relevant topics, skills and techniques, including building good working relationships with key officers, engaging with external stakeholders, working with the local media and getting the most out of social media.

The programme will provide a unique, cross-party opportunity for participants to explore the nature of effective opposition and gain some insights into their personal leadership and influencing styles. 

Dates and venue

Programme 6:  Thursday, 19th October – Friday, 20th October 2017
Programme 7:  Saturday, 20th January – Sunday, 21st January 2018
Both taking place at Warwick Conferences, Coventry  CV4  7SH

Fee
The cost for attending this two-day residential event is only £150, which covers the cost of accommodation, meals, tuition and materials.


Young Councillors' Weekender

This event is designed to give councillors aged 40 and under an opportunity to benefit from some focused leadership skills development aimed at helping them to make progress their political career. The event also provides a chance for them to meet with and build up their network of other young councillors from different political parties and parts of the country.

Over the six years since the programme was first run approximately 40 participants have attended each year and several have gone on to take up cabinet positions on their councils or roles on LGA boards.

Date and venue
Saturday, 18th November – Sunday, 19th November 2017
Warwick Conference Centre, Coventry

Fee
The cost for attending this two-day residential event is only £150, which covers the cost of accommodation, meals, tuition and materials, plus an additional £50 for those of you who wish to join us for dinner and stay overnight at the venue on 18 November.


Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Councillors Weekender Event

This event provides a unique learning and networking opportunity for elected members from BAME backgrounds and those who are interested in exploring ideas for enhancing the recruitment and retention of BAME councillors.

The programme will include a variety of leadership, skills and personal development workshops, an opportunity to identify new learning and support needs, and a chance to work with others in finding possible solutions for some of the specific challenges faced by councillors from BAME backgrounds.

Date and venue

Dates tbc 
Warwick Conference Centre, Coventry

Fee
The cost for attending this two-day residential event is only £150, which covers the cost of accommodation, meals, tuition and materials, plus an additional £50 for those of you who wish to join us for dinner and stay overnight at the venue on Friday 10th February.


For more information contact:
Grace Collins
Telephone: 020 7664 3054
Email: Grace.Collins@local.gov.uk

14 March 2017