Agenda and minutes

Member Development Steering Group
Monday, 8th July, 2019 5.00 p.m.

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Venue: Brooks Room - Council Offices, Narborough. View directions

Contact: Democratic Services  0116 272 7638

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Notes of Last Meeting pdf icon PDF 108 KB


The minutes of the last meeting held on 25 February 2019 were approved as a correct record.


Introduction to Member Development Steering Group


The Chairman, Cllr. David Findlay welcomed the new and existing Members to the Member Development Steering Group. The Chairman explained the purpose of the steering group and emphasised the aim for the meeting to be led by Members and for Members to be able to effect change and be the voice of their fellow councillors.


Budget Update pdf icon PDF 188 KB


The Chairman, Cllr. David Findlay introduced the Budget Update and provided Members with key points:


·         That the budget is healthy and the remaining budget is to be used for external trainers and external training courses.

·         The licensing and regulatory training has not yet been added to the budget therefore the cost of the training needs to be deducted.

·         The budget is to be used for any training events for Members to continue their learning and development.


Future Courses pdf icon PDF 211 KB

For Members to consider:


·       Courses held so far

·       Future courses to be held



The Chairman provided an update on the training courses held so far, and asked Members for feedback. Members suggested that future invites be sent out as a calendar invite so Officers could easily track attendance and ask councillors to provide a reason if they send apologies.


Members also recommended that Officers include more information on a training event so new Members in particular know if they can attend and if the session is a one-off. Members asked for more training to be provided on using the iPads and


Athena modules pdf icon PDF 34 KB

To provide Members with an update on completion rates for modules launched and future modules available.




The Chairman provided an update on the progress with online modules, in particular the poor completion rate of the GDPR training.


Evaluation of Recent Courses pdf icon PDF 68 KB

Additional documents:


The Chairman introduced the evaluation of recent courses and asked Members to consider the courses held so far and provide feedback.


The Chairman asked the Democratic Services Officer to explain the reports created from the evaluation feedback from the training sessions. The Democratic Services Officer explained the factors used to determine Value for Money for the training courses and how the impact would be measured in 3-6 months following the training to see if Councillors found the training relevant to their role.


Members requested that:


·         Calendar invite requests on outlook are sent out so attendance is tracked easier and Councillors can be asked to provide a reason for not attending a meeting or training session.

·         When sending an invite to a training session, the officer should highlight the relevance of the course to them and let Members know who can attend the session to encourage attendance.


Draft Member Development Strategy 2019-2023 pdf icon PDF 643 KB

That Members consider:


·       Creating a sub-group to work on the draft strategy

·       Amendments to the PDA form

·       Value for Money factors

·       Pre and Post evaluation forms



The Chairman introduced the draft Member Development Strategy 2019-2023 and asked Members if they would like to be part of a sub-group to review and work on the draft strategy. Members suggested that the WHIPs should form part of the sub-group and Members representing the Independent and Green party. Cllrs. Mat Mortel, David Findlay and Nick Chapman volunteered to work on the sub-group.


Items for Next Agenda


·         Member Development Strategy 2019-2023.

·         Reaccreditation of the charter

·         Audio-visual Champions


Date of Next Meeting

·       Monday 21 October 2019


21 October 2019