Saturday 19 September 2020

Councillor Development Network

The Councillor Development Network supports both local authority Members and Officers responsible for councillor learning and development, by sharing knowledge, information and ideas across the region through discussions and presentations.  Over the past twelve months the network have discussed engagement, role profiles, induction, evaluation and identifying learning needs.

Chair of network - Cllr Debbie Mason, Rushcliffe Borough Council

Lead Officer - Lisa Butterfill, East Midlands Councils

For more information about this network contact Lisa Butterfill lisa.butterfill@emcouncils.gov.uk 

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Cyber Security Network

East Midlands Government WARP

The East Midlands Government Warning, Advice and Reporting Point (EMGWARP) Network is a member community of local authority officers concerned with Information Security, who take part in regular meetings and share each other's experience in fields such as Information Assurance, Emergency Planning and policy compliance.

The EMGWARP is a network of public sector organisations and more importantly a network of information security professionals working for those organisations who are faced with the daily, daunting task of meeting the various information security compliance challenges.

The network meets on a quarterly basis, in the last year, the network has benefitted from engaging network meetings, including a presentation from GovCERT, as well as members sharing details of their PSN experiences and queries. 

Chair of network - Susan Horobin, Nottinghamshire County Council

Lead Officer - Kirsty Lowe, kirsty.lowe@emcouncils.gov.uk 

They meet and engage in hot topics and issues for information assurance at an operational level, providing authorities with an opportunity to share and discuss wider IT infrastructure issues with 29 of the regions local authorities in membership.

The costs for 2020/21 membership

The EMGWARP is a subscription based network, the cost to subscribe is;

District/Borough - £306 + VAT

County/Unitary - £1,020 +VAT 

The benefits of membership

In the last year, the network has benefitted from engaging network meetings, providing an opportunity to hear from the National Cyber Security Centre, the LGA and from a variety of cyber security focused companies. 

In 2019/20 the network members have benefitted increasingly from hearing directly from network members on specific projects that they have implemented, along with their lessons learnt. Over the next year we will continue to build on this and future develop the network meetings to ensure that they continue to respond to network members and their priorities.

The benefits include;

  • Cyber Development sessions for staff- with the first workshop to be held on 10 March and further to be arranged across 2020/21.
  • Quarterly network meetings – providing members with the opportunity to share
    • Operational Security challenges (vulnerability management, protecting monitoring, incident response…)
    • Compliance challenges (PCI DSS, PSN, GDPR, knowledge and information…)
    • Implementing new technologies and embedding security into the project (Cloud,  customer self-service…)
    • Business Continuity challenges (planning, test exercises, business impact assessments, utilising new technologies…)
  • Information request service – providing the opportunity to ask questions of the network members, providing the opportunity to access information from a large number of other local authorities.
  • Validated and trusted reporting environment which enables participants to benefit from the experience of others when attacks are taking place
  • A trusted community of interest - where members can report incidents and seek advice without the fear that the information will be used to against them, it provides an opportunity for members to learn from each other’s experiences
  • Collective bargaining for procuring goods and services

How to become a member of the EMGWARP

If you are interested in becoming a member of the EMGWARP please contact Kirsty Lowe kirsty.lowe@emcouncils.gov.uk at East Midlands Councils for further information.

Terms of Reference

EMGWARP Terms of Reference Final (Agreed 31 January 2020)

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East Midlands Scrutiny Network

The East Midlands Councils Scrutiny network is a local authority network for Councillors and Officers involved with Scrutiny.

The network provides Councillors and Officers with the opportunity to share knowledge, work programmes and information, as well as providing an opportunity to explore national developments concerning scrutiny.

Chair of the Network - Cller Peter Innes, Chesterfield Borough Council

Vice Chair of the Network - Rachel Appleyard, Chesterfield Borough Council

Lead Officer - Kirsty Lowe, East Midlands Councils

Terms of Reference

East Midlands Scrutiny Network Terms of Reference

Future meeting dates  

  • 25 September - this network meeting will be held virtually using MS Teams
  • 4 December - to be confirmed

For more information on how to join the network meetings contact Kirsty.lowe@emcouncils.gov.uk 

Past meetings

Task and Finish Group working

In March 2019 the East Midlands Scrutiny Network held a focused network meeting on the topic of Task and Finsih Group working.  This provided councils with the opportunity to share and learn from other councils on the topic of task and finish group working.  Documents shared during this sessions included;

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Learning and Development Network

Virtual Learning and Development Network

The East Midlands Councils Learning and Development network is a local authority network for officers involved with organisational learning and development.

The network provides Officers with the opportunity to share knowledge, work programmes and information, as well as providing an opportunity to explore national developments concerning learning and development.

EMC hosts a Learning and Development network, currently meeting virtually using MS Teams.  

This autumn the network will feature sessions focussed on the following areas:-

  • agile working, strategies and support programmes;
  • performance management and appraisals;
  • equalities training.

For more information on this network contact Kirsty.lowe@emcouncils.gov.uk

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Performance Management Network

The East Midlands Councils Performance Management network is a local authority network for officers involved with Performance Management.

The network provides Officers with the opportunity to share knowledge, work programmes and information, as well as providing an opportunity to explore national developments concerning Performance Management.

Terms of Reference

Terms of Reference Performance Management Network - Jan 2013

Knowledge Hub

The East Midlands Performance Network is established on the Knowledge Hub, to access the hub visit https://knowledgehub.local.gov.uk/

East Midlands Benchmarking project

East Midlands Metric Collection (V2.6.2)

Benchmarking Across the East Midlands V1 2

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