Managing in a Political Environment – Developing Political Astuteness

  • Available
  • 16th May 19
  • 10.00am - 4.30pm
  • Arun District Council
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    Location Information

    Parking is available on Fitzalan Road free of charge and is only a 5 minute walkaway from the training room. Littlehampton rail station is approximately 10 minutes’ walk away.

  • £110for members £150for non-members

Overview

This workshop is designed for Local Government managers to further develop political awareness and effective councillor and officer collaboration. It will provide officers with the opportunity to begin to develop their understanding of how to make the relationship between members and officers work effectively. To further develop the understanding of working in a political environment and the concept of political astuteness.

This course will enable you to

  • Understand the role of councillor and the decision making process in the Council
  • Identify what makes for an effective member/officer relationship;
  • Understand the complexity of working in a political environment
  • Develop an awareness of political astuteness
  • Understand when and how you may need to exert influence with Members
  • Develop an action plan for taking the learning forward

Who is the Course aimed at

This workshop is aimed at Managers who wish to further develop an effective councillor and officer collaboration and enhance their political awareness.

Trainer

Mark Palmer, Development Director, South East Employers

With a focus on leadership and organisational development initiatives, Mark heads the Development Team of South East Employers and has a lead role in the facilitation and delivery of programmes to enhance effective governance, scrutiny and accountability. Specialising in effective governance, political leadership and change management he is a strong advocate of local democracy and has extensive experience working with councillors. He also leads the implementation of the LGA Charter for Elected Member Development across the South East, East of England, London and Northern Ireland.

Mark also leads on consultancy assignments to support local democracy and effective governance including cabinet and overview and scrutiny development, performance and improvement, community leadership and political awareness. He also chairs and supports a number of Independent Remuneration Panels in respect of member’s allowances across the South East, including Southampton CC, Medway, Elmbridge, Swale, Epsom and Maidstone Councils.

A current focus of Mark’s support to Councils includes developing manager’s political skills and ‘political astuteness’; to be able to work effectively in the political environment and get the most from the councillor-officer relationship.

Mark is a Senior Research Associate at the Local Government Centre, University of Warwick and was one of the facilitators on the Local Government Association (LGA) Leadership Academy. He has also supported a number of LGA/IDeA Peer Improvement Reviews

Mark also has a key role in improvement initiatives and recently managed a Local Government improvement programme to support strategic partnership working across the South East .

Mark has experience of working in local government at county (North Yorkshire CC), national (COSLA) and regional level and is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CFCIPD) and has a Masters in Business Administration (MBA Public) specialising in political leadership and strategic change management. Mark completed his research dissertation focusing on directly elected political leadership and the current and future impact of the mayoral model of local governance.

Managing in a Political Environment – Developing Political Astuteness

  • Available
  • 16th May 19
  • 10.00am - 4.30pm
  • Arun District Council
    View mapInfo
    Location Information

    Parking is available on Fitzalan Road free of charge and is only a 5 minute walkaway from the training room. Littlehampton rail station is approximately 10 minutes’ walk away.

  • £110for members £150for non-members
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