Wednesday 01 April 2020

Councillor Development

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East Midlands Councils (EMC) provides a comprehensive, value for money Councillor Development programme for member councils in the East Midlands [full details here]. Supporting Councillors is a key area of our work, our Programme of Skills Events and Conferences includes;

To view or book a place on any of the events in the programme visit Councillor Development Events

The Councillor Development and support programme includes;

Our extensive Councillor Development Programme is accompanied by a range of services that member authorities can access. These services include;

Developing Impact and Influence, Tailored Workshop on Politicians and Personality

EMC offers 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

EMC 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:

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

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


EMC offers a range of practitioner networks, which seek to support the develop-ment of Councillors in specific areas. Network attendance is free and offers a valuable opportunity for Councillors to learn together and from each other.

Adult Social Care Network

The East Midlands Lead Member network for Adult Social Care Services provides an opportunity for Councillors to discuss current issues and practice.

Children's Services Network

The East Midlands Lead Member network for Children's Services provides an op-portunity for Councillors to discuss current issues and practice.

Councillor Development Network

The network supports Councillors and Officers responsible for councillor learning and development, by sharing knowledge, information and ideas across the region.

Health and Well-Being Chairs’ Network

The Health and Well-Being Chairs’ network supports the chairs to develop their role through exchange of information, practice and ideas.

Scrutiny Network

A dedicated network for Councillors and Officers, providing an opportunity to explore national and local developments concerning scrutiny.