COVID-19: political leadership webinars for councillors

LGA webinars to support councillors in responding to coronavirus.

The role of the ward councillor in responding to the COVID-19 crisis

This two-part webinar was published on 18 May 2020. The content is presented by Andy Fry OBE, a former local government corporate director and chief fire officer.  Andy has delivered the LGA’s Emergency Planning Masterclass for councillors since 2018.

Part 1: the emergency management cycle and council responsibilities, the role of officers and building and maintaining trust in your community

Part 2: the role of senior councillors, and a detailed look at the role of the ward councillor

The importance of opposition leadership and what effective opposition looks like during the COVID-19 crisis 

This two-part webinar, published on 01 June 2020, is presented by Dr Stephanie Snape, a local government specialist, having spent thirty three years in the 'world of local government'; working first as a local government officer, then over two decades as a local government academic. Stephanie has worked as a facilitator on the LGA's Leadership Academy for seventeen years. 

Part 1: The importance of opposition leadership during COVID-19

Part 2: What effective opposition looks like

Rapid Innovation

Rapid Innovation Live Webinar

Thursday, 6 August 2-3pm or Tuesday, 11 August 2020 2-3pm

This 1-hour live webinar expands and builds upon the above 20min pre-recorded session. These live sessions will uncover:

How to lead innovation in a council?

  • You as a leader – How to influence innovation and change (from back bench to top table)
  • Making innovation stick – How governance and decision-making can be adapted to support innovation

How to strike the right balance between innovative processes and innovative people to make change stick?

  • Innovation processes – Do you have one?
  • Innovative people - Do you nurture them?  

Learning from one another – plenary
Councils both lead and serve – to do both, we must be able to adapt, and respond innovatively to the emerging needs of our communities. As we move from emergency to recovery post Covid-19, our ability to respond innovatively and to make these changes stick becomes even more important.

To book on either one of the sessions, please email

Council leaders with a democratic responsibility for place leadership, have a particular role to play in encouraging and supporting rapid innovation and change. This webinar, published on 15 June 2020, provides an opportunity to explore both the theory and practice as to how to lead councils response to these challenges. This webinar is presented by Manny Gatt, co-founder and Managing Director of Shared Service Architecture Ltd, a teaching company providing training programmes in Collaborative Leadership and Shared Services.

Effective chairing of remote meetings

This webinar on the effective chairing of remote meetings provides some advice and assistance to councillors when undertaking council business through digital platforms. It provides some case studies and hints and tips from councillor colleagues who have been undertaking meetings online and some thoughts on the process and conduct of meetings. Further assistance and case studies can also be found on our support pages.

Presentation skills

This Presentation Skills webinar, hosted by Darren Caveney, is aimed at providing advice and support to councillors during COVID-19 to navigate online interviews and meetings. Councillors are currently having to work with a wide range of platforms for virtual meetings and interviews and this webinar aims to boost confidence and discusses the elements to consider when wanting to build and maintain an effective online profile.


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