Elected Member Development

Purpose

The purpose of the network is to provide regional direction on elected member learning and development needs and developing a local government culture of continuous learning and development.

Councillor Frances Burton, Chair

Councillor Joe Nelson, Vice Chair

Network Members - Cllr Billy Webb (A&N), Cllr Gillian Greer (AND), Cllr Brian Pope (ABC), Cllr Claire Canavan (BCC), Ald Sharon McKillop (CC&G), Cllr John Boyle (DC&S), Ald Michael Henderson (LCCC), Cllr Billy Ashe (MEA), Cllr Niamh Dorris (MU) and Cllr Terry Andrews (NMD)

Officers - Fiona Douglas (NLGA), Niamh Shannon (ABC), Samantha Rea (AND), Fiona Gunning (A&N), Lisa Rogan (BCC), Sharon Maxwell (DC&S), Nuala Quinn (F&O), Cara McHugh (LCCC), Eileen Forde (MU), Sarah Taggart (NMD)

Role 

The Network collaborates to ensure a regionally co-ordinated Programme of inexpensive, professional, vital member learning and development initiatives informed by members themselves is delivered. In this regard, the Network evidences best practice and local need, to ensure that learning and development opportunities are not duplicative and add value. It is also the Network’s role to lead and support the progress of the Charter Standard with an ambition of achievement and retention of Charter and Charter Plus for all 11 Councils. The Network represents elected members learning and development needs to the wider local government sector.

The Network seeks to develop and promote a member and officer culture around learning and development vision and ethos and capacity building elsewhere identifying best practice approaches in member development and capacity building at regional level: ensuring co-produced programmes tailored to the elected member role are delivered.

Priorities

Collaborate and co-ordinate regional input into the design, implementation and delivery of NILGA/LGTG Regional Programme for Elected Member Development. Ensuring that a regionally co-ordinated Programme of inexpensive, professional, vital member learning and development initiatives have been created by members themselves based on best practice, local need.

Lead and support Elected Members and Councils in their pursuit and retention of Charter and Charter Plus accreditation.

Collective Analysis of member development and capacity building elsewhere identifying best practice approaches in member development, ensuring co-produced programmes tailored to the councillor role are delivered.

Develop and promote member and officer culture around a learning and development vision and ethos. 

Represent elected members learning and development needs to the Local Government Training Group ensuring elected member development is prioritised and fully resourced by the sector.

Wider Areas of Work

  • Best Practice in terms of Member Development and versatility.
  • Creating an environment within which elected members operate in common purpose and understanding to deliver optimal decisions for local ratepayers.
  • Safeguarding council’s reputation as responsible decision makers.
  • Leadership development and councillor’s role in place shaping.
  • Different Service Delivery Models – Commissioning, Outsourcing (Councils as Municipal Entrepreneurs).
  • Political Skills Framework for Councillors.

Network Partners

  • 11 councils
  • SOLACE
  • Local Government Training Group (LGTG)
  • National Association of Councillors (NAC)
  • Council Elected Member Development Steering Groups
  • National Association of Regional Employers
  • Carnegie Trust
NEW NILGA 2019 Councillor Guide
NEW NILGA 2019 Councillor Guide [PDF]

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