Councillor development events – 'Focus on Leadership' series

Our 'Focus on Leadership' councillor development events are designed to support councillors to excel in their existing roles and to provide them with a bridge to senior leadership positions.

Our councillor development events provide councillors with valuable opportunities to build networks and meet peers and colleagues from across the country.

We host 'Focus on Leadership' weekender events for the following groups:

Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) councillors

Since 2004, our popular weekender events for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) councillors have contributed to the success of many councillors and to the development of their political and strategic thinking.

LGBTQ+ councillors

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer plus (LGBTQ+) councillors are invited to join us at our annual two-day, cross-party LGBTQ+ councillors weekender event – an excellent opportunity to network and share experiences.

Opposition leaders and deputy leaders

We've designed our effective opposition two-day events to support opposition leaders and deputy leaders to excel in their role of leading an opposition group on their council.

Young councillors

Our popular annual weekender event for young councillors is a must for councillors aged 40 and under who are interested in building their knowledge, skills and councillor networks.


Young councillors weekender event

Saturday 18 November - Sunday 19 November 2023  

LGBTQ+ councillors weekender event

Saturday 3 February – Sunday 4 February 2024         

BAME councillors masterclass weekender 

Saturday 28 October – Sunday 29 October 2023

Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) councillors weekender event – Political skills and leading as a BAME councillor

Saturday 24 February - Sunday 25 February 2024

Contact us

To register for, or find out more about, any of our 'Focus on Leadership' events, please contact Grace Collins MBE, Adviser – Leadership:

[email protected]

0207 664 3054