Part 2: Working in a Political Environment

14th April 2021 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Online via Zoom
Kirsty Lowe

ADSO are delighted to announce the launch the interactive, virtual course ‘Working in a Political Environment’.  Working in a Political Environment will be delivered as two, two and a half hour workshops held virtually.  Delegates will be required to attend both of the virtual workshops.

This course is aimed at Democratic Services Officers who wish to work more effectively with elected members. The target audience will be those who are relatively new to democratic service teams and those with a few years experience.

The content is also linked to Module 6, Members and Officers in Local Government, 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 seek to:

  • Explore and better understand the differences between the roles and responsibilities of elected members and officers.
  • Examine the legal, constitutional and procedural framework regulating the conduct of members and officers.
  • Enhance your understanding of the political environment around you.
  • Develop your knowledge and skills of how to operate effectively in a political environment.

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

The virtual workshops will be led by Michael Robson. Michael has worked in the Democratic Services Team at North Tyneside Council for over 30 years. During this time Michael has supported a wide variety of democratic functions, including a period as a scrutiny officer. Michael’s current responsibilities include planning and scrutiny committees, the health & wellbeing board and school admission appeals. Since electing its first Mayor in 2002, North Tyneside has experienced significant periods of political turbulence, particularly when the Council and its overview and scrutiny committees were controlled by the opposing group to the Elected Mayor.

Michael serves on the ADSO Board as the Regional Representative for the North East. As well as a trainer, Michael is also a qualified A1 Assessor working with learners undertaking the Certificate In Democratic Services Knowledge.

Date and time

  • 7 April 2021 – 9:30 – 12:00
  • 14 April 2021 – 9:30 – 12:00

Delegates are required to attend both workshops.  Please note that you only need to book on the 7 April course date to be able to attend both workshops.

How to book a place
To book a place please use the online booking form via the link below.

Please note that you will need to supply a purchase order number.  This can either be done by adding to your online booking, alternatively email the purchase order to


  • 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.

Deadline for booking tickets: Wed 24 Mar 2021

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

Virtual Platform
The virtual workshop will be held using Zoom.

If you have any questions about the course contact

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