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Full day course: 10 am - 3.30 pm includes a light lunch and refreshments

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.


Monday, 1 July 2024


The Costessey Centre NR8 5AH


Julie King


£60 subscribers | £75 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 - 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)

Attendees on this course will benefit from having two course tutors delivering the content between them, using examples from their experience as clerks.

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.


We'll send you joining information by email a few days before the session is due to be held.

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

It was absolutely brilliant, as was Luisa.

Very thorough and informative; I learnt a good deal.

Extremely useful.

Thanks to Julie for a great chairman's training course last night everyone was so happy on the content, the way they could network with each other and the great way it was delivered


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