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Board Development: Leadership Programme for Elected Members

  • Audience:
    Elected Members from Local Authorities in Wales
  • Dates:
    January 2019 to March 2019
  • Duration:
    3 two-day modules
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Academi Wales, the Welsh Government and Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) are once again working in partnership with the Local Government Association (LGA) to deliver the Leadership Programme for Elected Members.

The Leadership programme is recognised by the ILM (Institute of Leadership & Management), the UK’s leading awarding body for leadership and management, and Leadership Academy graduates will receive an accredited certificate.

Benefits to you

“The facilitators on the course were fantastic, knowledgeable and approachable providing some great case studies and models for use back in my authority”.

“All councillors should be offered this course to have a chance to review and reflect on their personal situation and to hear the views of others”.

In 2019 political leaders will continue to be challenged by the unprecedented challenges facing local government as a result of austerity measures, welfare reform and the potential reorganisation of public services. The Leadership Programme is a place where leaders, and those in leadership positions, can explore the latest thinking in political leadership, and equip themselves with the knowledge and skills they need to rise to these challenges.

“This was a great opportunity to consider my response to the issues facing the Council away from the immediate firefighting”.

Part of the strength of this Leadership Programme is that it provides an environment where elected members from across the political spectrum can meet leading members from other councils and parties and talk about issues that are common to them.

“This programme helped me to experience how councillors with different political views can work together to find common solutions”.

This combination of learning from experts in the field of leadership and from the experience of their peers gives graduates confidence in their abilities and a new network of trusted colleagues. The programme facilitators include, experienced councillors, leading academics and advisors and leadership consultants. The programme is very informal and highly interactive, which means that there is never a dull moment. Each programme is limited to 25 members to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to participate.

“I really enjoyed the course and being able to work with other local authority members to explore how they do things differently”.

“This course has helped me personally to become more strategic in my outlook and engage more effectively with others”.

How does it work?

The programme consists of three modules of two days each. All modules are residential and participants are expected to attend both days.

Module one: focuses on personal leadership styles, political relationships and managing change. This module enables members to understand their own personality types and leadership styles and apply this knowledge to their leadership challenges and professional relationships.

Module two: looks at leading innovation and change, exploring the drivers for change including public sector reorganisation and changing service delivery, and a methodology for leading change successfully.

Module three: focuses on leading communities, providing members with a greater ability to communicate with and provide leadership to their communities and within partnerships particularly with regard to the Welfare Reform agenda.

The course will be delivered in English and is unsuitable for simultaneous translation, however materials for each module will be provided in Welsh on request.

Leadership behaviours

This learning programme will help you to develop your leadership behaviours in the following areas:

Learning and self-awareness

Drive and resilience

Focusing on citizens and quality

Championing innovation and change

Political awareness and skill

Sharing leadership

Target audience

Leading members, including: leaders; leaders of political groups; executive members; opposition spokespeople, and scrutiny chairs. Many authorities view it as an opportunity to promote succession planning and the development of future lead members.

Programmes are cross-party and restricted to 25 members at any one session, to ensure maximum participation. We intend to offer 2 places per authority any surplus places will be offered on a first come first served basis.

How to apply

Please make bookings via your Members' Services Officer.

We intend to offer 2 places per authority. There are usually surplus places so these will be offered on a first come first served basis.

Members’ Services Officers should send details of the nominated members (2 nominations plus reserves in case additional places are available, including name, position on the council, email, contact address and phone number) to

The LGA in London will then send application forms and joining instructions direct to members.

Please contact if you require further information about the programme content.


The Leadership Programme for Elected Members is provided at no cost to authorities and is funded by Academi Wales, Welsh Government and the LGA in London.

Authorities will only need to fund travelling expenses and any additional accommodation required prior to the start of the course.