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Local Authority Challenge 2019

28th November 2019

The third North East Local Authority Challenge event will be held on Thursday 28 November 2019 at Durham County Cricket Club, Chester-Le-Street – 2019 LA Challenge – What’s It All About

What is the Local Authority Challenge?  Further information can be found in 2019 LA Challenge – What’s It All About and North East LA Challenge – First Steps

The Local Authority Challenge will offer you, as an aspiring (or new) manager a rare opportunity to gain exposure to issues outside of your normal working life and to give you a taste of what senior management is like.

The challenge is open to teams of up to six people from any area of the public sector. You will spend the day as the management team of one of four fictional local authorities. These four authorities (referred to as ‘independent authorities’ (IA’s) for the context of the challenge) are all located on the Isle of Linfolk, a fictional island off the coast of East Anglia.

This year these local authorities are based on the ‘unitary’ model albeit with a few bespoke changes to ensure that the playing field, in terms of knowledge and experience, is as level as possible. More detail on this will be provided in your joining instructions and on the challenge day itself.

Needless to say all four councils have issues that need resolving! This has not been helped by the resignation/removal of the previous senior management team. You are one of their replacements!

Throughout the day you will encounter many of the tasks that a real senior management team would deal with.

You will have to work as a team, with neighbouring councils and with partner organisations to deliver a new strategy for the council. You will need to deal with the Council leader, the media and a wide range of other interested parties (including local businesses and members of the public).

Ultimately, you will have to choose which areas to prioritise, decide how to deal with politically sensitive issues and still keep your focus on how to give the public the best services with limited resources.

Who took part last year?  Team information, including photographs, can be found in Participating Teams

Winners – details of winning teams can be found in Winning Teams

Role Players – details of role players, including Leaders, Partners, Cluster Leaders and Media can be found in Role Players

We received very positive feedback to the event, quotes received from those directly involved in the event can be found in Quotes

Thank you to the sponsors for the event, North East Jobs, Northern Digital Jobs and Neyber.

Photographs taken throughout the Challenge are in the gallery can be found here


28th November 2019
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Durham Cricket Club
Chester Le Street, United Kingdom


Breckland Training Services