Event: Seminar: Being an effective councillor: Making a difference – doing it your way

15 Jan 2019, 11:00–15:00
LGiU, 251/255 Pentonville Road, London N1 9NG (5 mins walk from King's Cross Station)

Early Bird LGiU Members: £124.95 +VAT

Early Bird Non-Members: £174.95 +VAT

LGiU Members: £149.95 +VAT

Non-Members: £204.95 +VAT



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As a new councillor finding your feet, how do you plan to make your mark? What are the different ‘roles’ that you as a councillor might focus on, to do the most for your community? (or that your member services staff may help you consider).

This short event will quickly review key findings from main reports in the past decade – including Strong and Prosperous Communities, Representing the Future, Councillors on the Frontline. We will then explore relevant roles and styles – facilitating community development; fixing resident issues; watching over council decision-making; acting in your party group to promote your manifesto – to help you maximise your impact.

Participants will develop their understanding of:

  • different roles councillors can prioritise to ‘make a difference’
  • different styles councillors can develop and adopt
  • recent key reports on the changing expectations of councillors
  • personal targets – maintaining voter interest, embedding achievements, passing on the baton

This event will seek to involve participants throughout the session in discussing and developing their views.


11:00 Registration and refreshments

11:15  Introduction: what does your community need? how do you want to make a difference?

  • how councillors can make a difference
  • discussion about communities’ needs/personal priorities
  • participant examples of local issues

12:00 Context – changing expectations of councillors

  • Strong and Prosperous Communities
  • Representing the Future
  • Councillors on the Frontline
  • and other current research

12:30 What kind of councillor do you want to be?

  • activist
  • facilitator
  • fixer
  • guardian

and how style can help you make a difference

  • enabling
  • communicator
  • challenging
  • participatory
  • visionary

13:30 Lunch

14:00 Maximising your impact

  • setting your goals
  • how your council can support you
  • communicating with your electorate
  • embedding your achievements
  • passing on the baton

15:00 Closes

15:00 – 15:30 Tea/coffee and networking before departure

Who should attend?

For new or recently elected councillors/member services staff – to develop councillors’ thinking/plans for how to make a difference.

Chris Naylor was a Ward Councillor and Cabinet Member (Housing) for 2006-14 in LB Camden, and in parallel invited on to the Communities and Local Government Parliamentary Backbench Committee, meeting weekly with Ministers. Before that he had a series of leadership and development roles in community and voluntary sector organisations, including the Isle of Dogs Community Foundation, the Rainer Foundation (now Catch 22), and engage (promoting access to art and heritage). As LGiU’s Head of Partnerships to 2017, He has had close contact with rural districts, counties, mets and unitaries to add to his direct experience of London Boroughs.