An effective Chairperson plays an important role in ensuring that their Committee functions properly by encouraging full participation from all Committee Members. It is the chairperson’s responsibility to recognise Members and witnesses who are seeking to speak during proceedings; to ensure the rules of the Committee meeting are respected and adhered to; and to maintain order during Committee proceedings.
Therefore, it is imperative that there is a good working relationship between the Chairperson and the Clerk to the Committee, as they need to work closely together to make sure all relevant matters are discussed and that effective decisions are made and implemented.
The Politics Plus Chairing Programme has been developed with all this in mind. It aims to equip both the Chairperson and the Clerk with the necessary skills to carry out their respective roles effectively.
This programme will be delivered over 3 half day sessions.
The first session of the programme will be delivered to the Chairperson and the Clerk individually, with the remaining sessions delivered to the Chairperson and Clerk together.
Chairperson – One to one expert training session on understanding Committee roles/responsibilities; Exploring Good Practice and Key Chairing Skills; Expanding your skills in chairing meetings effectively to deliver Committee outcomes; Considering the relationship between Chair and Clerk.
Clerk – One to one expert training session on exploring Committee roles/responsibilities; Expanding your skills in clerking meetings effectively to support the Chair, and delivering Committee outcomes; Considering the relationship between Chair and Clerk.
Building a Good Team – Session delivered to Chair and Clerk on the importance of working as a team/collective voice; Chair/Clerk Team; Getting the best from everyone; Dealing with difficult people.
Driving the Progress – Session delivered to Chair and Clerk on controlling the flow; Time/Agenda Management; Encouraging Contribution from Members.
These sessions are open to Members and Clerks. Please contact Politics Plus to initiate participation in this programme.
For any enquiries regarding these sessions, please contact:
Tel: 02890 521980
22 June 2017
Downshire Civic Centre, Ardglass Road
23 June 2017
Long Gallery, Parliament Buildings
21 September 2017