Elected Member Development


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.

The Elected Member Development Network has representation from members across councils and is supported by the National Association of Councillors. It ensures that a regionally co-ordinated set of inexpensive, professional, vital member learning and development initiatives have been created by members themselves, based on best practice and local need, tailored to each council in NI. The EMDN is implementing a Work Plan which has Charter – the national standard for Elected Member Development - at its core, with an ambition to achieve – and retain - Charter or Charter Plus for all 11 councils by December 2019. Member Development and Capacity Building at Regional Level (in partnership, including Charter).

Partnership Work including Training and Awareness Events with LGTG, NAC, Politics Plus, NI Ombudsman, LGA, European EU regulatory, awareness and funding bodies. Communication around pay/ performance linked to National Negotiating Machinery.  Production of and investment in Toolkits of Information such as Councillors Guide 2015 – 2019.


Councillor Frances Burton Chair

Network Members - Cllr Frances Burton (MU) Chair,  Joe Nelson (ABC) Vice-Chair, Cllr Billy Webb (A&N), Cllr Gillian Greer (A&ND), Cllr Brian Pope (ABC), Cllr Claire Canavan (BCC), Ald Sharon McKillop (CCG), Cllr Brian Tierney (D&S), Ald Michael Henderson (LCCC), Cllr Billy Ashe (MEA) and Cllr Niamh Doris (MU). 

  • Best Practice in terms of Workforce Development and Versatility.
  • Different Service Delivery Models – Commissioning, Outsourcing (Councils as Municipal Entrepreneurs). 
  • Political Skills Framework for Councillors. Apprenticeships in local government – benchmarks and models to consider.

Local Government Training Group (LGTG), SOLACE, Elected Member Development Steering Groups, North West Employers, and South East Employers.

Cllr Frances Burton - Chair

Cllr Burton has been a local Councillor for 14 years. First elected to Dungannon & South Tyrone Borough Council in 2005, she was elected to the new Mid Ulster District Council in May 2014 and served as Deputy Chair in 2018/19.

NEW NILGA 2019 Councillor Guide
NEW NILGA 2019 Councillor Guide [PDF]

Information and resources to support you in your role as a Councillor in Northern Ireland's Local Authorities.

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