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.


Women Councillors’ Development Day

We’re launching a new event for women councillors on 22 June at Warwick Conferences. Coventry.

The agenda will cover:

  • communicating with confidence
  • your role in driving gender equality
  • redefining organisational culture with the confidence to challenge. 

The cross-party event will also provide opportunity for women councillors to network and share experiences with each other.  Their feedback from this event will help to drive the agenda for future events for women councillors. The cost of attending this one event is fully subsidised. This includes meals, course materials and tuition.

This event is now full, with a waiting list. An alternative event is the Women Councillors’ Weekender: 8-9 December 2018

Women Councillors’ Weekender

Further to the one day Women Development Day, we are launching a Women Councillors Weekender for female councillors which will take place on Saturday 8 December – Sunday 9 December 2018 at Warwick Conferences, Coventry.

The cross-party two-day event will provide opportunity for women councillors to network and share experiences and stories with each other.  There will be sessions looking at redefining organisational culture and challenging with confidence.  Really thinking about the role that women councillors can plan in transforming the culture of an organisation and having the confidence to challenge unacceptable practice

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 7 December.

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. 

Dates and venue

Programme 8: Thursday 1 November – Friday 2 November 2018
Programme 9: Saturday 19 January – Sunday 20 January 2019
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
  • 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

Date and venue
Saturday 24 November – Sunday 25 November 2018
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 17 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
Saturday 9 February – Sunday 10 February 2019
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.


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