Councillor Development Programme

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Councillors in St Albans City and District Council need high quality training and development to be able to carry out their roles effectively. The Council's Member Development Programme aims to equip councillors with the skills to respond to external issues such as changing societal and demographic needs, different ways in which public sector organisations work and changes in the law relating to local government. Councillors also need to be able to deal effectively with casework arising from the work they carry out as community leaders within their wards.

The Member Development Strategy

St Albans City and District Council has a Strategy in place for Member development activities. This strategy document outlines the types of training available, the methods of delivery and the proposed evaluation of the courses. All councillors, however long they have been a councillor are strongly encouraged to take part in development opportunities.

Types of Courses Available

There are a wide range of training courses and development opportunities available to councillors. The councillor development programme offers courses to councillors throughout the year. Past courses have included:

  • New Member Induction

  • Finance and Budgets

  • Planning - Basic & Advanced Sessions

  • Licensing Act

  • Employment Appeals

  • Social Media

  • Data Protection and Cyber Security

  • Time Management and Speed Reading

  • Safeguarding

  • Equalities

  • Conflict Resolution

Charter in Elected Member Development

St Albans City and District Council was successfully awarded the Charter for Elected Member Development in December 2016. The Charter consists of three main elements:

1. There is a clear Commitment to councilor development and support

2. The Council has a strategic approach to councilor development

3. Learning and development is effective and building councilor capacity.


More information on the charter can be found on the South East Employers website

Member Development Strategy

Member Development Strategy 2016-2017

Member Development Steering Group

The Member Development Steering Group meets quarterly to discuss member development activities and decide how the councillor development programme should progress.


The Group consists of 5 councillors:

  • Councillor Alun Davies (Chair)
  • Councillor Stephen Hodgson
  • Councillor Beric Read (Portfolio Holder)
  • Councillor Janet Smith
  • Councillor Chris White

The most recent meeting was held on Thursday 20th July 2017

Date of last review: 18 September 2017