7 - 9.30 pm

You've been to many meetings in your working life but how are local council meetings different?  Our course provides you with the techniques to structure council meetings professionally and get the best contributions from the meeting participants.


Tuesday, 26 October 2021


Held at Wacton Village Hall - date tbc but likely to be late Oct/into Nov


Luisa Cantera


to be confirmed

This course is recommended for current meeting chairs, vice-chairs and aspiring chairs.

Course content

Understanding the role and qualities required of the chair

Understanding the role of the clerk and the importance of building a good working relationship with the clerk

Legal specifics, such as voting, convening meetings, standing orders, signing minutes

Preparing for a meeting - whether that's a virtual meeting or at your usual venue

How to stimulate discussion and manage energy levels

Managing difficult behaviours at a meeting

Chairing a challenging meeting

Dealing with public partipation and speakers

Knowing your council - assessing skills

Getting the most from meetings (looking at decisions and actions, meeting reflection)

By the end of the session you will be confident in leading council meetings, understand the key procedures and get the most from your councillor colleagues and clerk.

Training the whole council

Chairing successful meetings can be delivered and tailored specially for your council, which can be a cost-effective approach if you have a number of councillors who require training. You choose where and when you want our tutors to deliver. We can tailor the course content to suit your council's needs.


The course was last held in June 2021 and received a 99% satisfaction rating

Just to say thank you very much for the Chairmanship course. It was extremely useful and very timely for me. Looking forward to putting some of the ideas into practice.

I feel so much more confident now thanks to Julie's guidance. Thank you!

It was absolutely brilliant, as was Luisa.

Very thorough and informative; I learnt a good deal.

Extremely useful.