Monday 17 December 2018

East Midlands Local Authority Challenge 2019

The Challenge

On 21 March 2019 East Midlands Councils will once again bring the Local Authority Challenge to the East Midlands. In 2017 South Kesteven District Council became the Local Authority Challenge Winner for the East Midlands, winning the coveted prize for the second year running.

The challenge is open to teams of six people. Delegates will spend the day as the management team of a fictional local authority, encountering many of the tasks that a real corporate team would deal with. They will have to work as a team, with neighbouring councils and with partner organisations to deliver a new strategy for the council.

East Midlands Local Authority Challenge Results 2017

  • Local Authority Challenge East Midlands Winner - South Kesteven District Council
  • Local Authority Challenge East Midlands Runners Up - Gedling Borough Council
  • Best Chief Executive - William Tse, South Kesteven District
  • Best Partnership Working award - North Kesteven District Council
  • Best Presentation - Gedling Borough Council
  • Best Residents’ Magazine - North Kesteven District Council

It’s all Change for 2019

The Local Authority Challenge remains a simulation exercise in which teams take on the role of a senior management team at one of four fictitious councils. For 2019 these four councils together form the fictitious Isle of Linfolk. The councils are best described as operating under a ‘unitary plus’ scheme of arrangement with a unique set of regulations drawn together from across the world! So whether you currently work in a one-tier system, a two-tier system or outside of local authority altogether; for this event everyone will have to assimilate the local arrangements and work to them accordingly!

2019 Awards

  • East Midlands LA Challenge Winners
  • East Midlands LA Challenge Runners up
  • Best Chief Executive Officer
  • Best Presentation
  • Best Residents Magazine
  • Best Partnership Working Award
  • Outstanding team player Award (new for 2019)

If it doesn’t challenge you it doesn’t change you!

To successfully complete the challenge teams will have to work with neighbouring councils, stakeholders and partners to deliver a new strategy for their council. They’ll have to identify which areas to prioritise, deal with politically sensitive issues and maintain customer focus when determining how to provide the public with the best services possible despite limited resources.

How the Challenge works

The Local Authority Challenge will offer you, as an aspiring (or new) manager within local government a rare opportunity to gain exposure to issues outside of your normal working life and to give you a taste of what senior management is like.

The challenge is open to teams of up to six people from any area of local authority work. You will spend the day as the management team of one of four local authorities that make up the fictional Isle of Linfolk. All four councils are failing (or have failed), the previous senior management team have all resigned, and you are one of their replacements!

Throughout the day you will encounter many of the tasks that a real senior management team would deal with. You will have to work as a team, with neighbouring councils and with partner organisations to deliver a new strategy for the council. You will need to deal with the Council leader, the media and a wide range of other interested parties (including local business men and members of the public).

Ultimately, you will have to choose which areas to prioritise, decide how to deal with politically sensitive issues and still keep your focus on how to give the public the best services with limited resources. 

Reasons to Attend

  • Gain an understanding of issues beyond your normal role and see the bigger picture of how local authorities operate.
  • Develop the skills needed to deliver more for less in a tighter fiscal climate.
  • The chance to test and hone many skills including interpersonal, communication and time management skills.
  • Discover your strengths and weaknesses, and how to develop them, in a safe environment.
  • Use the days experience as an opportunity to help progress to the next level career-wise.
  • An opportunity to be part of an extraordinary (and highly enjoyable) event.
  • To work with a wide range of colleagues from across the region.

Important outcomes from the Challenge

  • You will gain a practical insight into how a local authority management team works.
  • You will work with colleagues from across the organisation to improve joint working on return to the office.
  • You will have the chance to think about your own councils transformational agenda and develop innovative ideas to take back to your organisation.
  • You will develop ways of managing the current financial constraints.
  • You will engage in partnership working and political communication and thus gain a better understanding of the benefits this can bring.

How else you can get involved - Volunteer!

Competing teams are expected to meet with potential stakeholders and partners such as the regional lga/employers, fire, police, CCG, central govt and charities. As part of the simulation, we will be arranging real life meetings for the teams and we need additional people with local government experience and know how to fill these roles and make the challenge as realistic as possible.

We need:

  • Leaders to guide and advise competing teams (Chief Executives and Elected Members)
  • Media representatives to put teams through their paces at a press conference (Senior managers/professionals from a comms/media background)
  • Partners to meet with teams as requested (Senior Managers/professionals, with a range of experience and knowledge of local government and/or the wider public sector)

You will need to be:

  • Able to think on your feet
  • Able to work in a fast paced environment
  • Up for anything

In return you will get:

  • The opportunity to be part of an extraordinary (and highly enjoyable) event
  • The chance to test and hone your interpersonal, communication and time management skills (to name but a few!)
  • To work with a wide range of colleagues from across our region
  • A free lunch, an invite to the Evening Awards Ceremony and Dinner!

Interested in being part of the delivery team contact Kirsty.Lowe@Emcouncils.gov.uk  

How to enter the Challenge

Local Authority Teams are invited to register online via the link below, with any changes to team members being made by email by 19 February 2019.

Payment to be made by invoice, Purchase Order numbers are required to confirm a team place.

The deadline for team registration is 7 February.

If you are interested in booking a place please drop Kirsty Lowe a line at Kirsty.lowe@emcouncils.gov.uk.  It would help with our planning to know who is thinking about registering a team and getting involved. 

The Cost

The cost to register a team of 6 is just £1,500 plus VAT.

At just £250 per team member the Local Authority Challenge makes for great value.

The Date

21 March 2019 (The closing date for registering a team is 7 February 2019).

Timings

  • Registration will start from 8:30, with instructions to the event at 9:30 ready to for the lights to go down at 9:45.
  • The competition element will conclude at 17:00, with dinner and awards to follow, carriages at 21:00.
  • Lead contact person for the booking
  • Purchase Order Number
  • We appreciate that you might not have all the team members details when you book your team, as long as we have these a month before the event we’re happy for you to book your team and secure one of the places available.

The Venue

Derby Arena, Royal Way, Pride Park, Derby, DE24 8JB

What you will need when registering a team

  • Lead contact person for the booking
  • Purchase Order Number
  • We appreciate that you might not have all the team members details when you book your team, as long as we have these a month before the event we’re happy for you to book your team and secure one of the places available.

Contact Us

Give us a call for more information about the Local Authority Challenge

Contact at East Midlands Councils

Kirsty Lowe, 01664 502 637

Kirsty.Lowe@emcouncils.gov.uk

East Midlands Councils Pera Business Park, Nottingham Road, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE13 0PB

Upcoming Dates for this event

  • 21/03/2019 - 21/03/2019
  • 08:30 - 20:30
  • Thu 07 Feb 2019
  • Derby Arena, Royal Way, Pride Park , Derby