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ADSO Structures and Functions

ADSO is hosting the interactive, virtual course ‘Structures and Functions: The anatomy of Local Government’.  The course will be delivered as two, three-hour workshops held virtually via Zoom.  Delegates will be required to attend both of the virtual workshops.

Local government in England and Wales is complex and constantly evolving. The workshops will help learners to be more effective in their roles by:

  • Explaining local government’s place in the UK’s constitutional arrangements
  • Unpicking the different kinds of authorities and councils and what they do
  • Exploring the geographies of local government and the drivers of change: Is bigger better?


This course is aimed at Democratic Services Officers who wish to develop their understanding of the different kinds of local authorities, what they do and how they fit into the wider government landscape of the UK.  The target audience will be those who are relatively new to democratic service teams and those with a few years’ experience.

The content is also linked to the Council and Governance module of the ADSO Certificate so it will help learners with their research for this module.

How the course will be delivered

The course will be delivered virtually, to maximise the delegates learning experience the course has been broken into two virtual workshops. The workshops will include plenary presentations, case studies and smaller group working, enabling delegates to learn with delegates from across the country.

Trainers – Ian Curtis and Fabiola Fuschi

Ian 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.

Fabiola 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.

Fabiola has also achieved qualifications in training, and she is passionate about supporting colleagues using her knowledge and experience.

Date and time

Workshop One: Thursday 18th April 2024, 9.30am-12.30pm
Workshop Two: Thursday 25th April 2024, 9.30am-12.30pm

Delegates are required to attend both workshops. Please note that you only need to book to attend the workshop on 18th April to be able to attend both workshops.


  • ADSO Member rate – £110 + VAT per person to attend the course
  • Non-ADSO Member rate – £160 + VAT per person to attend the course

Please contact if you wish to be allocated a learner place.

How to book a place

Please book a place using our online booking form, please note that you will only need to book to attend the first session to attend both.  Terms and conditions for booking can be found here.

Booking requirements

  • A purchase order number is required for all bookings.  Please make the PO 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

Upcoming Dates for this event

Date: 18/04/2024 – 18/04/2024

Time: 09:30 – 12:30

Deadline for booking tickets: Thu 18 Apr 2024

Venue: Virtual via Zoom,

Hourly Schedule

Workshop One: Thursday 18th April 2024, 9.30am-12.30pm

9.30am - 12.30pm

Workshop Two: Thursday 25th April 2024, 9.30am-12.30pm

9.30am - 12.30pm


18 Apr 2024


9:30 AM - 12:30 PM