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Effective Officer-Councillor Relations

This workshop is designed to explore the interface between Officers and Councillors, and provide Councillors with the opportunity to develop their understanding of how to make the most of this unique but naturally complex relationship.

By the end of the workshop, Councillors will be able to:

  • describe the key issues and potential areas of conflict surrounding Councillor/ Officer relationships
  • understand constructive approaches to developing a positive and productive way of working in a political environment
  • understand the impact of trends and changes in local government, including growing impact and importance of partnership working.

The course will consist of some input (around 20-25 minutes) from the facilitator and a number of group discussions and practical exercises. Participants will be encouraged to draw up an action plan to apply some of the skills and knowledge learnt.


Mark Palmer, Development Director

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.


Workshop content will include:

  • Understanding the role and responsibilities of officers and members;
  • The interface between officers and members – challenges and opportunities;
  • Exploring perceptions, motivations and expectations for members and officers;
  • The ideal partnership arrangement - what it should be;
  • The impact of partnership working.
  • Evolution of the member/officer relationship
  • Putting it into practice – strategies for effective working
  • Considering relationships in your council.

To arrange an Effective Officer-Councillor Relations course for your authority, or for further information, please email or call 01962 840664.

View other courses and development opportunities for Councillors.