I am on the 2017 LG Comms Future Leader Programme and I’m very glad I took the time to fill in the application form. I followed the journey of the previous cohort and knew I’d get a lot from the scheme. I didn’t quite realise how much value I would wring from this opportunity already.
To kick the programme off, there were Best Practice days in London last month. These were two of the most valuable days of CPD I have done in the last five years. We heard from some awesome people in our industry, and we also had the space to consider what sort of leaders we want to become. It left me with a lot to take on board.
We spent day one at London Councils with Heads and Directors of Comms, experts in leadership, and social media, and finance colleagues too.
Day two consisted of spending the day in one of the Cabinet Office Briefing Rooms learning about the incredible Government Communications Service (GCS) led by Executive Director for Government Communications Alex Aiken.
I’m grateful to LG Comms, the Local Government Association, GCS and all the speakers who took time to see us in September, as well as my line manager Emily for her support.