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Dennett House, 11 Middle Street
Taunton, Somerset, TA1 1SH

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Fax: 01823 425200
Email: info@swcouncils.gov.uk


Training and Events

Many of our courses can be adapted for in-house delivery and can be specifically tailored to meet individual needs.

Sometimes due to reasons beyond our control a course has to be cancelled or postponed.  We will advise nominating officers and applicants immediately of such a decision.  Please note in exceptional circumstances we may have to make changes at short notice to the content (to reflect changes in legislation, current thinking or topical issues), timing, speakers and/or venue.

South West Councils, Dennett House, 11 Middle Street, Taunton, Somerset TA1 1SH, Learning and Transformation Administration Team: 01823 270101


Essential Skills for the 21st Century Councillor



Jul 14, 2017 0930 - 1630


Holiday Inn, Taunton (Just off J25 of the M5)


A range of informative and practical workshops offers opportunities for new and existing councillors to network and share experiences whilst gaining essential skills and knowledge to support their wide-ranging roles.

We are delighted to welcome Councillor Steve Jordan, Leader of Cheltenham Borough Council in the role of Chair of this event.

Member Development and Support Officers are welcome to attend afternoon workshops, following an officer network session scheduled during the morning.

To book your place and select your workshops, please download our special application form available from this link: Application Form 21st Century Councillor 2017 Final

Workshop content is available from this link: Workshop Content Essential Skills 2017 Final


This year's sessions include workshops for all participants in the morning, as well as a range of optional workshops to attend in the afternoon.

Sessions for all include:

  • Examining the Role of the 21st Century Councillor: Dr Catherine Needham, University of Birmingham
  • Question Time: Opportunity for participants to question a panel about the role of a councillor, their experiences and challenges
  • Local Authority Governance and Decision Making: Bethan Evans, Bevan Brittan


Optional Workshops

Engagement Focus Workshops:

  • Understanding Community Leadership
  • Making Connections
  • Working with Others in a Changing Political Context

Technology Focus Workshops:

  • Community Engagement in Video
  • Great Graphics - Great Campaigns

Workshop facilitators include:

  • Ann Reeder, Frontline Consulting
  • Nicky Jackson, Government Communications Service
  • Cllr Rosie Denham, Exeter City Council
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training@swcouncils.gov.uk or call 01823 270101

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“As a newly elected councillor, a considerable aid to being able to understand my new role”

“I found the event very useful as it was great to meet councillors from other regions in the South West and to share stories and advice”
“Presenters did an excellent job”
“Very comprehensive, clearly directed, very participatory”

Member Organisations: £45 for the full day including lunch

Non-Member Organisations: £95 for the full day including lunch

There are no discounts for multiple bookings.

(All prices subject to VAT)


Learning Event Application Form