Gold standard for Brent Elected Member training

9 January 2019

Brent Council has been awarded the 'gold standard' Charter Plus Award for Elected Member Development.

The Charter Plus Award is given to councils in recognition of their ongoing commitment and strategic approach to Councillor learning and development. The assessment featured a rigorous paper-based process and the assessors met a number of councillors and senior officers involved in Elected Member learning and development.

Examples of learning and development on offer to Brent councillors include a tailored programme of sessions to support members in their role as a councillor with topics including effective engagement with communities and neighbourhoods, use of social media, influencing skills, facilitation and conflict resolution, and providing strong community leadership.

The assessment team was made up of Councillor Andy Hull, Executive Member for Finance, Performance and Community Safety, Islington Council, and Mark Palmer, of South East Employers.

Cllr Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council, said, "The learning and development package delivered by our team is second to none. The variety and quality on offer is really valued by all of Brent's Elected Members. I am pleased this has been recognised by the external assessors."

Thomas Cattermole, Brent Council's Head of Executive and Member services, said, "We are delighted to have retained the 'gold standard' Charter Plus Award for Elected Member Development. Brent is committed to delivering the highest standard of learning and development possible for its Elected Members."