This year, SOLGM has introduced an award that recognises that excellent projects need excellent and innovative leaders. The Brookfields Emerging Leader of the Year Award is looking for nominations from people aged 35 and under with a proven track record of designing or delivering programmes, projects, processes or practices that demonstrate innovative and successful approaches with an identifiable community impact. You can find more on the criteria in the Nomination Form available as a PDF here.

Also joining law firm Brookfields (Emerging Leader Award) and McGredy Winder as sponsors of the 2016 Awards is the Local Government Funding Agency (LGFA) who are sponsoring the LGFA Transforming Service Delivery Category Award. The other four award categories are Innovation in Organisation and People Development, Innovation in Council-Community Relations, Collaborative Government Action and Innovation in Policy and Regulatory Development. You can find more information and the category Entry Form here.

Risk Management Forum - 23 and 24 February, Wellington

Strategic Finance Forum - 7 and 8 March, Wellington

NZ leg of Australasian Management Challenge - mid-March (information on actual dates and team registration, which is already open, is available here)

CE Forum/ Masterclass - 14 and 15 April, Wellington (this fits in with our Gala Dinner)

EA/PA Forum - 12 and 13 May, Wellington

Managing CCOs and Alternatives Training - 30 and 31 May, Wellington

Future Workforce Forum - 20 and 21 June, Wellington

Governance Professionals and Committee Advisors Forum - July, Wellington (final dates in July to be confirmed)

Community Plan Forum - 15 and 16 August, Auckland

Communications and Engagement Forum - 1 and 2 September, Wellington

Annual Summit 'Inspiring Leadership' - 21 to 23 September in Auckland (more information is in the 2016 Summit website)

Funding and Rating Forum - October, Wellington (final dates in October be confirmed)

‘Road to 2018’ LTP Seminars - five dates (to be confirmed) in November at various locations around New Zealand

2016 Elections Debrief - December, Wellington (final dates in December to be confirmed)

This Health and Safety Training roadshow, presented in partnership by SOLGM and LGNZ in conjunction with Simpson Grierson is designed to provide a forum to discuss key issues facing councils regarding the new Health and Safety at Work Act, coming into force on 4 April next year, through facilitated workshops and presentations by experts in the field. Participants will have the opportunity to share best practice and learn from each other. The one day Training is suitable for Elected Members, Chief Executives, Human Resource Managers and any manager whose operational responsibilities cover activities that could pose risks to the general public. Locations and dates are below - more information on the Training roadshow programme and presenters is available by clicking on the links:

Christchurch: 9 February 2016

Auckland: 16 February 2016

Palmerston North: 17 February 2016

Dunedin: 1 March 2016

Register here for this two day training on 4 and 5 February in Wellington

The next issue of our Pulse e-magazine is due out over the coming week. It'll provide extensive coverage of our recent Summit so contain plenty of valuable insight, particularly from our keynote speakers' presentations. Our member-only quarterly briefing is due out next week as well.