Monday 21 September 2020

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

Are you a new or recently elected councillor finding your feet? How do you keep your head above water? How do you plan to make your mark? This workshop looks at the different ‘roles’ that you, as a councillor, might focus on for you and your community.  This is an interactive session which aims to help you develop and understand:

  • 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 – including 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.


Registration refreshments from 9:30, the seminar will start at 10:00

Introduction to the day:

  • being an effective councillor
  • making an impact
  • plan for the day

Your own experiences so far

  • how’s it going – have you found your feet ok?
  • how are you focusing, prioritising?
  • what does your community need?
  • are you making a difference?

Context – changing expectations of councillors

  • Strong and Prosperous Communities
  • Representing the Future
  • Councillors on the Frontline

What kind of councillor are you? what do you want to be?

  • Discussion

Changing roles and styles

  • ‘Resident fixer’
  • ‘Community facilitator’
  • ‘Scrutiny and guardianship’
  • ‘Activist’
  • ‘Executive and Leadership’


Focus/prioritisation: community needs/making a difference

  • What does your ward want from you?
  • What do you want for your ward?
  • Community cohesion/Brexit
  • Discussion

Case studies

  • Small group work

Maximising your impact

  • setting your goals
  • council support and VS collaborations
  • staying in touch with your electorate
  • embedding your achievements
  • passing on the baton

Your own focus and plans – to maximise your impact

  • Individual/plenary discussion

Closing remarks


Who should attend?

For councillors in their first year or so since election and/or wanting to review their impact – and for member services staff supporting them – 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.


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


24 September 2019


10:00 - 16:30 (Registration from 09:30, the event includes lunch)


EMC Local Authority Members - £175

EMC Associate Members - £210

Non-Member - £250

All costs subject to VAT.

How to book

To book a place on this event please use the online booking form below.  If you have any questions please contact or call 01664 502 637. 

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