Elected Member Development

Alderman Stephen Martin

Working Group Chair - Member of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council

Alderman Stephen Martin, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council. Stephen Martin is the Alliance Party councillor for Lisburn North. He previously represented Lisburn South in the then Lisburn City Council. A solicitor by profession, Stephen is the Alliance Group Leader on Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, and is a member of a number of council committees.

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Stephen acts as an advocate for youth, and volunteers as a Youth Leader. He is on the Board of Governors of an integrated school. A former Chair of Alliance Youth and past member of Queen’s University Senate, Stephen was elected to Council in 2011.

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To provide regional direction on elected member learning and development needs, supporting councillors and councils in working towards Charter and Charter Plus accreditation and developing a local government culture of continuous learning and development. NILGA Support Officer - Fiona Douglas - f.douglas@nilga.org

  • Support Elected Members and Councils in their pursuit of Charter and Charter Plus accreditation.                 
  • Oversight and Scrutiny of the implementation and delivery of NILGA/LGTG Regional Programme for Elected Member Development. 
  • Collective Analysis of member development and capacity building at UK wide level, to examine and develop best practice approaches.
  • Develop and promote member and officer culture around a learning and development vision and ethos.
  • Access to programmes of learning that increase and enhance elected member decision making competency and confidence.
  • Appreciation of the value to be had from diverse contributions pre decision making and unanimity post decision making.
  • Creating an environment within which elected members operate in common purpose and understanding to deliver optimal decisions for local ratepayers.
  • Leadership development through networking across sectors, coaching, study visits, action learning, reflection and innovation that showcase best practice

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

Charter Plus

Charter Plus Case Study - Derry City & Strabane District Council

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