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ADSO – Meetings Procedures

ADSO is hosting the popular course ‘Meetings Procedures’.  It will be delivered as two virtual 3-hour workshops.  Delegates are required to attend both workshops.


This course is aimed at Democratic Services Officers who wish to further develop their understanding of the legal and governance framework within which councils operate and the practical application of this to the range of work areas undertaken by democratic services teams.  The course content will be relevant both to those who are relatively new to democratic services and officers with a few years’ experience (6 months to 3 years’ experience of supporting meetings as a guide.)

The content is also linked a number of modules especially  Law and Practice module and the Structures and Functions of the ADSO Certificate and ADSO Diploma so it will help learners with their research for this module.

How the course will be delivered

The course will be delivered virtually via Zoom, and by the end of the workshop you will:

  • Understand how decisions are made and reported and your role in supporting this, both in and out of meetings
  • Constitutional issues of meetings- quorums, points of order
  • Dealing with motions and voting including amendments, adjournments and deferrals
  • Have a sense of how accountability and good governance works in local government, how Councils and Councillors are held to account and the role of scrutiny.
  • Understand the rules of debate and consider the impact of politics and what this means for you as an officer of the Council.

The workshops will include plenary presentations, case studies and smaller group working, enabling delegates to learn with delegates from across the country.


Fabiola Fuschi has been a Democratic Service Officer since 2014, across three authorities in Greater Manchester, currently with Rochdale Borough Council. Fabiola supports decision making and scrutiny committees as well as school admission appeals, independent review panels and Elections. Fabiola has previously completed the ADSO Certificate which she found pivotal in consolidating her knowledge and understanding of local government law and practice.

Ian Curtis is a solicitor who has worked in local government in the UK for more than thirty years. He is presently Head of Governance at Fylde Council in Lancashire, where he has worked seventeen years. Ian was council’s statutory Monitoring Officer for nine years and has acted as Deputy Returning Officer for local, national and European elections.  Ian is a past chair of the North West branch of the Association of Council Secretaries and Solicitors.

Date and time

Workshop One: Wednesday 19th June 2024, 9.30am-12.30pm
Workshop Two: Wednesday 26th June 2024, 9.30am-12.30pm


  • ADSO Member rate – £110 + VAT per person to attend the course
  • Non-ADSO Member rate – £160 + VAT per person to attend the course
  • Terms and conditions for booking can be found here.  

How to book a place

To book a place please use the online booking form via the link below.

Please note that you only need to book the workshop on 19th June to be able to attend both workshops and attendance is required at both sessions.

Booking requirements

  • A purchase order number is required for all bookings made out to ADSO.  Courses cannot be attended if a purchase order is not received.
  • A hardcopy of the purchase order is required.
  • Please provide us with your ADSO Membership number (if applicable)
  • A few days after booking you will receive a calendar invite for the workshop(s).  Please note that your email address will be visible to all participants unless you advise us otherwise.
  • Please send the above information to


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19 Jun 2024


9:30 AM - 12:30 PM



Virtual Event


Virtual via Zoom


East Midlands Councils