Earlier this week, the most recent cohort of the LG Executive Leaders Programme graduated. They came together over dinner to celebrate their achievements including three of the cohort taking up Acting CE roles. Programme graduates Alan Bird (New Plymouth District Council), Fiona Greenhill (South Taranaki District Council) and Neil Jorgensen (Waitaki District Council) have all accepted Acting CE roles since entering the Programme.

Neil Jorgensen said "I can recommend the SOLGM LG Executive Leaders Programme as an effective programme for those on a leadership journey. I learnt a lot about communication, the way I and others think and how to create trusting relationships. I recently had the privilege of a three month role as Acting Chief Executive whilst Council’s newly appointed CE relocated to Oamaru. I was able to 'stress test' the learnings from the Programme and found that they worked well and I have been able to build on fine tuning them further. The Programme and greater leadership experience has left me well placed to continue my own leadership journey."

The Executive Leaders Programme is a 12 month programme designed to develop the next generation of local government senior leaders and Chief Executives. The Programme brings together the latest thinking in brain based science and leadership effectiveness and, as such, is unique. It is a cohort based experience balanced with the emphasis on meeting the development needs of the individual. Recent graduates value the trust their cohort built up and the one-on-one coaching sessions they received.

If you wish to apply for this Programme by Monday at 5pm, please click here to download the application form. Places are filling fast but there are still a few places available.

Upcoming events

SOLD OUT Funding and Rating Forum, 9-10 October in Christchurch

Contract Management, 17-18 October in Wellington

NEW Better Advocacy Webinar, 1 November webinar

Conference 2017 - Risk and the communication of Risk, 7 November in Christchurch

NEW How to win a SOLGM Award, 8 November webinar

Communication and Engagement Forum, 13-14 November in Queenstown

Project Management, 28-29 November in Christchurch