Wednesday 16 April 2014

Councillor Development

East Midlands Councils supports Councillor Development in the East Midlands in a variety of ways;

During 2013-2014, EM IEP are either part or fully funding a range of support for councillor development via the following opportunities:

    Fully Funded skills workshops for councillors delivered in your local area
  • Community Leadership Awards for councillors that recognise the development of skills, knowledge and experience of councillors as they progress in their roles
  • For more information on all of the above please visit the Regional Support page

Developing Impact and Influence, Tailored Workshop on Politicians and Personality

East Midlands Councils is providing a workshop for political leadership teams, committees/scrutiny groups, partnership groups or individuals, which explores how communication, leadership and management of change skills can be enhanced through knowledge of your own preferences and those of others, using the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).

The workshop will be designed and tailored specifically to your needs and outcomes and can take place on site at yoir authority or, if you prefer, at our offices in Melton Mowbray. The attached flyer provides more information on what you might expect from the workshop.

Knowing your own preferences (or MBTI type) and knowing how to communicate and act with other preferences is key to developing effective impact and influence.

For more informationand to discuss further please contact Lisa Butterfill on 01664 502643 or

Flyer Politicians and Personality - Developing Impact and Influence

Politicians and personality, A guide for councillors (Third edition)

LGA 2012 Politicians and Personality

Personal Development Planning

East Midlands Councils can provide a range of support to authorities on identifying individual Member learning and development needs. These can include:

  • Scoping and designing the approach and relevant documentation.
  • Facilitating the PDP's - either on an individual or collective basis.
  • Training others to facilitate PDP's.
  • Supporting mid term review processes.
  • Analysis and reporting - evaluating the process.

Regional Skills Development Sessions

EMC offer a range of workshops for councillors which can be delivered in house or at our offices in Melton Mowbray.  The programme can be tailored to the needs of your authority with the flexibility to run short bite size sessions through to full day workshops.

Please follow the links below to view an outline of the most popular Councillor Development Sessions provided:

 Media Skills

Chairing Skills

Communication Skills (Dealing with Difficult People)

Effective Partnership Working

Influencing/Persuading Skills

Public Speaking

Speed Reading

Communicating Effectively

Community Leadership and Engagement

Effective Meetings

The list above is not exhaustive but just a sample of some of the sessions we can offer.

 Some of the positive feedback we have received:

 “The course was interactive and the exercises worked in a very standard way. I feel that it is one of the better courses I have been on.”

 “It will help me to implement some intergenerational project groups within my ward”

 “Great, this was really useful and enjoyable, I learnt a great deal in such a short period of time”

To discuss your requirements further and to find out prices for the session, please contact Lisa Bushell on 01664 502640 or

For further information about events for Councillors visit

Competency Frameworks

Please find below the link to the LGA political skills framework

Attached at the bottom of the page is the Welsh Local Government Member Development Framework or for further information visit their website at

Skills Workshops by County areas

Tailored support for Member Development, East Midlands Councils have provided over 150 hours of member development to Councillors from Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire across 40 different sessions.

EMC have supported partnerships of local authorities with the design, coordination and successful delivery of member development programmes.  The partnership approach to member development has enabled Councillors from across a range of local authorities to learn together, enhancing the experience and saving money.

If you would like further information about support available from East Midlands Councils visit call 01664 502 620 to speak to the Local Government Service Team.

More information

The range of support outlined above is not exhaustive and is always tailored to the needs, context and culture of the local authority. If you would like further information and/or to discuss your member development needs in more detail please contact Lisa Butterfill on 01664 502643 or email