COVID-19: political leadership webinars for councillors

LGA webinars to support councillors in responding to coronavirus.

The role of the ward councillor in responding to the COVID-19 crisis

This two-part webinar was published on 18 May 2020. The content is presented by Andy Fry OBE, a former local government corporate director and chief fire officer.  Andy has delivered the LGA’s Emergency Planning Masterclass for councillors since 2018.

Part 1: the emergency management cycle and council responsibilities, the role of officers and building and maintaining trust in your community

Part 2: the role of senior councillors, and a detailed look at the role of the ward councillor

The importance of opposition leadership and what effective opposition looks like during the COVID-19 crisis 

This two-part webinar, published on 01 June 2020, is presented by Dr Stephanie Snape, a local government specialist, having spent thirty three years in the 'world of local government'; working first as a local government officer, then over two decades as a local government academic. Stephanie has worked as a facilitator on the LGA's Leadership Academy for seventeen years. 

Part 1: The importance of opposition leadership during COVID-19

Part 2: What effective opposition looks like

Rapid Innovation

Council leaders with a democratic responsibility for place leadership, have a particular role to play in encouraging and supporting rapid innovation and change. This webinar, published on 15 June 2020, provides an opportunity to explore both the theory and practice as to how to lead councils response to these challenges. This webinar is presented by Manny Gatt, co-founder and Managing Director of Shared Service Architecture Ltd, a teaching company providing training programmes in Collaborative Leadership and Shared Services.

Effective chairing of remote meetings

This webinar on the effective chairing of remote meetings provides some advice and assistance to councillors when undertaking council business through digital platforms. It provides some case studies and hints and tips from councillor colleagues who have been undertaking meetings online and some thoughts on the process and conduct of meetings. Further assistance and case studies can also be found on our support pages.

Presentation skills

This Presentation Skills webinar, hosted by Darren Caveney, is aimed at providing advice and support to councillors during COVID-19 to navigate online interviews and meetings. Councillors are currently having to work with a wide range of platforms for virtual meetings and interviews and this webinar aims to boost confidence and discusses the elements to consider when wanting to build and maintain an effective online profile.

Coalition Administrations

This pre-recorded webinar on Coalition Administrations, was published on 27 August. Presented by Dr Stephanie Snape, a local government specialist and LGA Associate, the webinar aims to support councils run by coalition administrations in their work on COVID-19 and the recovery. The webinar will identify how to ensure robust, stable coalition working during Covid-19 and beyond.

Coalition administrations and COVID-19 video transcription
Reflection exercise: 10 Components of effective coalitions

Mentally healthier conditions for councillors and communities

This two-part Leadership webinar discusses mentally healthier conditions for councillors (part 1) and communities (part 2). It is presented by Cllr Ed Davie, London Borough of Lambeth, who is a LGIU award winning Scrutiny chair and public health expert. The webinar provides advice, tools and case studies to improve mental health conditions for councillors and communities. Further guidance can be found through the councillor workbook on supporting mentally healthier places authored by Cllr Ed Davie and Dr Katherine Garzonis.

Links to the recourses and survey mentioned on the slides in the recordings can be accessed through the presentation PDFs below.

Hearing about someone else’s experience of mental health can have a big impact on listeners positively and sometimes, be a trigger of our own experiences which may emotional, or not so positive. If you feel that these discussions may be uncomfortable for you, we encourage all viewers to take a break from the webinar as required.

Part one




COVID-19: Mentally healthier conditions for councillors and communities part one transcript

Part two 




COVID-19: Mentally healthier conditions for councillors and communities part two transcript


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