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Chairing Skills for Councillors

The Chairing Skills programme enables councillors to consider all aspects of the Chairman’s role and encourage them to devise practical ways of developing their performance in this area.

"As a new chairman, I will be more confident in what I have learnt..." - Mike Gore, Wokingham BC

"Every Chairman should do one!" - Jan Lovell, Test Valley BC

99% of previous attendees would recommend this Chairing Skills course to other Councillors.

Take a look at the next open Chairing Skills course offered by SEE.

Target audience

Elected members who wish to develop their Chairing skills or who wish to learn more about the effective conduct of a range of different types of meetings.

Officers - we offer a Chairing Skills course tailored specifically for you.


Sue Keogh, Development Consultant, SEE

About us

SEE is a Regional Employers' Organisation. We offer advice to local authorities across the south east, in addition to a range of training, development and consultancy opportunities tailored to your needs.


The Chairing Skills course will be tailored to meet your specific needs and normally covers:

  • Welcome, introductions and expectations
  • Characteristics of a well chaired meeting
  • Understanding the role of the Chairman
  • Adopting different styles for different meetings
  • Setting the tone: opening remarks
  • Preparing effectively for a meeting
  • Using a range of skills including listening and summarising
  • Taking control of a meeting and managing time
  • Developing a range of techniques for dealing with different meeting participants
  • Involving and helping the public
  • Learning points and action plan
  • Evaluation.

To discuss chairing skills training for your authority, please email or call 01962 840664.

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