Sunday 20 October 2019

East Midlands Challenge

The Challenge

On 26 March 2020 the East Midlands Challenge will return, once again offering public sector organisations the opportunity to take part in and compete for coveted prize of East Midlands Challenge winners.

In 2019 South Holland District Council became the Local Authority Challenge Winner for the East Midlands.

East Midlands Local Authority Challenge Results 2019

  • Local Authority Challenge East Midlands Winner - South Holland District Council
  • Local Authority Challenge East Midlands Runners Up - South Kesteven District Council
  • Best Chief Executive - 
  • Best Chief Executive  - Jason King, South Holland District Council
  • Best Partnership Working award – City of Lincoln
  • Best Presentation – Lincolnshire County Council
  • Best Media Award – Corby Borough Council
  • Outstanding team player Award – Samantha Thomas, Derby City Council

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.

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 East Midlands 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.

If you still have questions, try of East Midlands Challenge FAQ EM Challenge - FAQ 

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 14 February 2020.

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

This year we are offering an early bird rate, register a team by 31 December 2019 and the cost is £1,500 plus VAT.

After the 31 December the cost to register a team will be £1,750 plus VAT.

The Date

26 March 2020 (The closing date for registering a team is 7 February 2020).

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

To keep things exciting and to showcase all that the East Midlands has to offer we are moving the Challenge this year to the East Midlands Conference Centre, set in the beautiful grounds of the University of Nottingham.

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

  • 26/03/2020 - 26/03/2020
  • 08:30 - 21:00
  • Fri 07 Feb 2020
  • East Midlands Conference Centre, Beeston Lane, University of Nottingham, Nottingham