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'The first choice for elected member development'



SCRUTINY SKILLS: training for Councillors - including Police and Crime Panel Members

REPORT WRITING SKILLS: training for REPORT AUTHORS and Councillors.  Also 'Report Writer' toolkit with templates to purchase



Link again co-sponsored the Association of Democratic Services Officer's (ADSO) national conference in Nottingham.  'We were delighted to meet our customers and colleagues at the Conference'  said David McGrath of Link.  Visit http://www.adso.co.uk/




Link provides a range of courses for elected members on Governance topics such as Chairing Skills, Scrutiny, Effective Member/Officer Relations etc. Email us for our our programme of '21 courses for the 21st Century Councillor'.  Our courses are delivered at over 150 Councils by our expert team

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Link is one of the UK's longest established and most respected providers of elected member training services in the UK

Founded in 1994 by David McGrath they provide an expert and experienced team of trainers for all your member and officer training needs

01676 522775 gets you to us for a no obligation chat


Link has delivered a large number of training courses for Councillors on 'Personal Safety and Managing Challenging Situations'  Contact us now to find out how we can support your members


'Councillors are on the front line and all to often have to take very difficult and unpopular decisions.  Our course supports Councils to implement their corporate social responsibility for the well-being of their members as well as their staff.  

David McGrath

Managing Director Link Support Services 

Courses for Councillors delivered in house

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Our huge range of courses for Councillors and officers can be delivered at your venue and includes:
  • One off short courses (e.g. 'Chairing Skills', 'Scrutiny Skills', 'Questioning and Listening', 'Community Leadership and Advocacy', 'Local Government Finance', 'Public Speaking', 'Speed Reading and Smart Reading', 'Planning', 'Commissioning', 'Renewable Energy' etc.)
  • An entire induction programme for members (5 or 7 course packages)
  • Coaching support for Portfolio Holders, Leaders, Scrutiny Chairs and First Citizens
  • Training support for Police and Crime Panel members and Commissioners
  • Officer training or briefings ('Excellence in Scrutiny', 'Report Writing Skills', 'Presenting Reports')
  • Joint member/ officer seminars (e.g. 'Managing the political interface')
  • Tailor made programmes
  • Explore our website pages for our full range of courses and an indicative range of our customers.  Ask us for references too
  • Our Coaching programme for 'First Citizens' is endorsed by the National Association of Civic Officers (and includes coaching in 'Chairing Full Council', 'Speaking at events'and'The Corporate Role of the First Citzen'

About Link Support:

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Link is one of the UK’s longest established providers of member and officer training services.  It was founded and is led by veteran member trainer David McGrath, Link is 'the perfect partner for lively in-house courses'. 

Managing Director, David McGrath (pictured above) has:

  • Trained and coached members for 24 years
  • Been a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel Development since 1994
  • Been a former Councillor (Birmingham City 8 years)
  • Published toolkits and articles on elected member development
  • Been a volunteer community campaigner and advocate for over 30 years
  • Developed and delivered leading edge, highly interactive, lively and entertaining courses for members
We also have a network of 'Associates' who are qualified and experienced to provide training and coaching support to members and officers

Training for staff too. 

Contact us for details
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Courses include: 'Report Writing Skills', 'Presenting Reports', 'Raising the Bar in Scrutiny' etc.   If you would like to discuss our officer or member training services please call or email us for a no obligation chat and quotation. 

Link Support Services (UK) Ltd

Innellan House

Eaves Green Lane


West Midlands


Tel 01676 522775

Email Linkukltd@aol.com

You can contact David McGrath too via Linkedin. (elected member development trainer)

Interested in becoming an Associate of Link Support Services?

Link also has a network of experienced and skilled associates offering training support to members in areas such as  Planning, Local Government Finance and Commissioning. 

If you feel that you could add value to our range of member and officer training services,  have lively and engaging presentation skills, please contact us for a chat