The Role of the Civic Head

EMC is hosting a two hour virtual workshop for newly appointed Mayors and deputy Mayors.  The Role of the Civic Head workshop will explore;

  • Expectations from a range of perspectives, including; the expectations as incoming mayor, the publics expectations and the councils
  • Measures of success of your terms of office

Short introduction sessions on touching upon;

  • Chairing Full Council
  • Public Speaking
  • Social Media

Question from delegates - Delegates will have an opportunity in advance of the session to submit any questions that they have that they would want answered during the course of the 2 hour workshop.

Audience - the intended audience for this workshop is newly appointed Mayors and deputy Mayors.

The workshop will be delivered by Phil O’Brien. 
Phil O'Brien has 37 years experience of supporting civic heads.  A former Head of Democratic Services at Derby City Council, Phil's first local government role was as Assistant Mayor's Officer and he served 32 consecutive Mayors of Derby.  Phil is a founder member and sits on the Executive Committee of the National Association of Civic Officers (NACO) and is author of 'Surviving Scrutiny - a 21st Century Civic Office.'  He also helped develop the ADSO Diploma Civic Pathway.  Phil is an Affiliate Consultant with Link Support services (UK) Ltd, a specialist Member Development service led by David McGrath.

The workshop will be delivered using Zoom.

Event information

  • £80.00 per person for EMC Members;
  • £95.00 per person for Associate Members; and
  • £120.00 per person for non-members.

Costs subject to VAT.

Please note that places are limited, we recommend early booking to ensure a place.

How to book – please book places online via the link below.  If you would like to book a place but are unable to confirm the name at this point please free to book and then email the details to once known.

Purchase order – please ensure that you provide a purchase order number, either on the online booking form or by sending to  For information, the purchase order number will need to be made out to Nottingham City Council, for more information on this visit here.

Upcoming Dates for this event