SOLGM is the national membership organisation for local government professionals. We provide a wide range of services designed to support and promote professional excellence in the local government sector.

The following benefits are available to our individual members. In some cases these benefits are only available to our Full Members - please refer to information on membership categories here.

Please see the About Us page for the other services we provide the sector including our LGSectorGoodToolkit, available to councils that subscribe to our Sector Good Work Programme.


Overseas Manager Exchanges – These provide local government managers with the opportunity to share knowledge and ‘best practice’ in Local Government in another country. An Overseas Manager Exchange is both a cultural and a personal management development experience designed to enhance our Members' careers in Local Government. With the support of our sponsors, JLT and Civic Assurance, we currently provide exchanges to Canada, Australia and the USA.
Leadership Scholarships – Through our sponsors, the Leadership Development Centre* and the Skills Organisation we are able to provide outstanding leadership development opportunities to our Members.Entries usually open in October each year and the recipients are announced at our annual Gala Dinner in April.
Member-only Quarterly Briefings - Members receive quarterly briefings containing information that is highly relevant to management roles in local government. The briefings, delivered via email, are designed to save busy managers time sorting through the plethora of available information. We are also exploring the idea of holding Member-only webinars to accompany these briefings.
Event Registration Discounts – All our members receive attractive discounts when registering for most of our events. Typically discounts from two or three of our events will cover the annual Full Membership Application Fee. All our current events are published in our Event Calendar.
Working Parties - Members of SOLGM’s five Working Parties have the opportunity to influence and support sector activities of national importance as well as contribute to our key work programmes. Members participating in our Working Parties gain a wealth of knowledge and insight in respect to issues that are critical to local government professionals while also enhancing their leadership skills and career opportunities.
Professional Recognition – SOLGM’s Distinguished Management Award is given to Members who have contributed substantially to the status of the local government profession by establishing a reputation for professional service. As well, every year SOLGM recognises members who have been working in local government for many years via the Long Service Certificate Awards
Helping support professional management in the sector - A strong membership base places SOLGM in a strong position to advocate on behalf of professionals working in the sector, partner with local and international organisations and connect up local government managers across the country and around the world.
* SOLGM Members are also able to access the Leadership Development Centre's courses and products directly from LDC. These are usually only available to those working in the Public Sector.
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Information on the full range of services we provide the sector (not just our members) can be found here.