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7-9 pm both evenings

Two part course taking place on 11 and 18  June online

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, 11 June 2024


Held online


Sara Campbell


£48 subscribers | £60 non-subscribers

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

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 course 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.


We'll send you joining information by email a day or two before the session is due to be held.

The course was last held in July 2023 and received a 100% satisfaction rating

Outstanding, facilitated it to the highest standard and encouraged participation throughout. The tutor ensured understanding had taken place and even gave homework out, a thoroughly enjoyable, interesting and informative course which learning from the course will be introduced at subsequent Full Council Meetings.
Very beneficial. I feel more equipped to chair meetings, thank you.
Very good and enjoyable. We benefitted from a good mix of experience and size of council which gave a new perspective to the role.
Very good timekeeping and answering questions.
Fabulous! Excellent content and well managed discussion.
Thought provoking, very useful, clarified what a chairman can and cannot do! Able to consider a range of scenarios that may never arise.
Thought provoking. Informative – very. Extremely helpful.
Excellent, clear and very useful.


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