Module 1: Structures and Functions

21st January 2021 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Online via Zoom

Structures and Functions
ADSO are delighted to announce the launch the interactive, virtual course ‘Structures and Functions’.  Structures and Functions will be delivered as two two hour workshops held virtually. Delegates will be required to attend two workshops, the first will take place on 21st January 2021, the second date will now take place on 28 January – full details below.

This course is aimed at Democratic Services Officers who wish to develop their understanding of the different kinds of local authorities, what they do and how they fit into the wider government landscape of the UK.  The target audience will be those who are relatively new to democratic service teams and those with a few year’s experience.

The content is also linked to the Council and Governance module of the ADSO Certificate so it will help learners with their research for this module.

How the course will be delivered
The course will be delivered virtually, to maximise the delegates learning experience the course has been broken into two virtual workshops.

The workshops will

  • Help learners understand local government in its wider context
  • Describe the evolution of local government to the present
  • Invite learners to discuss and dissect the structure of local government today

The workshops will include plenary presentations, case studies and smaller group working, enabling delegates to learn with delegates from across the country.

Ian is a solicitor who has worked in local government in the UK for more than thirty years. He is presently Head of Governance at Fylde Council in Lancashire, where he has worked seventeen years. Ian was council’s statutory Monitoring Officer for nine years and has acted as Deputy Returning Officer for local, national and European elections.

Ian is a past chair of the North West branch of the Association of Council Secretaries and Solicitors.

Dates and times

  • 21 January 9:30 – 11.30
  • 28 January 09:30 – 12:00 (please note that this session will last 2 hours and 30 minutes)

Please note that changes have been made to the previously advertised course date.

Delegates are required to attend both workshops.  You only need to book once to access both modules of the course.


  • ADSO Member rate – £110 per person to attend the course
  • Non-ADSO Member rate – £160 per person to attend the course

All costs subject to VAT.

ADSO reserve up to two places on this course for an ADSO learner depending on demand – please contact us if you wish to be allocated a learner place.

Virtual Platform
The virtual workshop will be held using Zoom.

To book a place please visit here

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