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.
These vary depending on the event, please get in touch for more information.
Forthcoming Focus on Leadership events 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.
Programme 12: Thursday, 19 November - Friday, 20 November 2020
Programme 13: Saturday 23 January – Sunday 24 January 2021
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 a must for young councillors, aged 40 and under, who are interested in building their knowledge, skills and councillor network.
Now in its ninth year, the Weekender is designed to provide learning and development around some of the key issues and challenges for all young councillors, and a unique opportunity to meet and network with colleagues from across the political spectrum.
Over 40 councillors attended last year - an opportunity to meet/socialise and problem-solve with other young councillors.
This year’s programme will include plenary sessions lead by experts in the field of leadership and leading member peers covering personal development and some of the key current issues and challenges for all councillors. Some of the workshops choices will be: Is Perception more powerful than reality? Finding your political voice Personal Resilience – Stress & Time Management Communication Skills Operating in party groups
Saturday 30 January – Sunday 31 January 2021
Warwick Conference Centre, Coventry
Fee: The cost for attending is £150 for the two-day residential event which includes accommodation, meals and all learning materials, plus an additional £50 for those of you who wish to join us for dinner and stay overnight at the venue on Friday 22 November.
- Local Government Finance
- Question Time: ‘Hot Topics’ – a chance for you to pose questions, problems and burning issues and put them to a panel of experienced councillors to hear how they might tackle them and also learn from fellow delegates who might have been in the same situation
- Women Councillors’ Weekender
This cross-party two-day event will provide opportunity for women councillors to network and share experiences and stories with each other.
This programme will focus on a number of skills including communication, digital resilience and the power of building an effective network.
New dates for 2020/21 to be announced soon
Fee: The cost for attending is £150 for the 2-day residential event which includes accommodation, meals and all learning materials, plus an additional £50 for those of you who wish to join us for dinner and stay overnight at the venue on Friday, 10 January.
- 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.
Saturday 27 February to Sunday, 28 February 2021
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, 21 February.
Telephone: 020 7664 3054