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Leaders Assembly

A two day event for everyone who works on Big Local to learn and share ideas about community leadership

Friday 28 September 3:00pm - Saturday 29 September 4:30pm

The Slate, Scarman Road, Warwick University, Coventry, CV4 7SH

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Book now by contacting the Programmes team on 020 3588 0565 or email

About this event

Every Big Local needs great leaders.

The Leaders Assembly is a brilliant opportunity for everyone who works on Big Local to learn and share leadership ideas and approaches, as well as develop your skills.

We know many Big Locals are already rich in leadership talent which is why some of our workshops will be led by Big Local residents. You will also have the chance to hear from an array of people from outside Big Local who specialise in community leadership.

We will ask what leadership means to you and together identify the many different forms a good leader can take. Your contributions and feedback will innovate how Local Trust supports the development of Big Local leaders.

The Leaders Assembly is open to everyone across Big Local who's interested in community leadership. You can attend on both days or just Saturday if you prefer.

There will also be plenty of opportunity for you to socialise and have some down time. We look forward to seeing you there.

Print a copy of the latest agenda which includes room details, by clicking here

Please be aware some of the speakers and focus of the workshops has changed. We apologise if a session you wanted to attend is no longer running.

Registration for the Leaders Assembly is now closed.

For an agenda overview, see below.

Agenda Friday 28 September

Time Description
15.00 - 18.00

Registration, refreshments and a chance to meet up with people from Big Locals across the country, speakers and Local Trust staff.

15.00 - 16.30

Community Leadership market place with drop-by stalls where you can discuss a range of different topics with Local Trust staff, reps and fellow Big Locals.

16.45 - 17.30

What types of leaders are involved with Big Local?

This session looks at Big Local, what roles leaders play and considers if other types of leaders should be encouraged to join us.

Jim Boot and Steve Skinner, Big Local Reps

18:00 - 18:15

Welcome and introduction from Matt Leach, Chief Executive, Local Trust.

18:15 - 18:45

Community leadership: what does it mean and why does it matter?

Speaker to be confirmed

18:45 - 20:00

Dinner and time to catch up with everyone attending the event.

20:00 - 21:00

A chance to relax and have fun after dinner.

Agenda Saturday 29 September

Time Description
07:00 - 09:00


08:50 - 09:20

Registration for those only attending on Saturday.

09:20 - 09:45

Matt Leach, Local Trust Chief Executive, will talk about the different workshops running today and go through all the useful, practical stuff you'll need to know.

10:00 - 11:00

Workshop choice 1: Leadership in Big Local

How does Big Local 'do' community leadership?

Angus McCabe, Third Sector Research Centre

10:00 - 11:00

Workshop choice 2: Your leadership skills

Being an effective leader.

Estelle Neuman, Director of Social Change

10:00 - 11:00

Workshop choice 3: Exploring key issues for leaders

Big Local DY10 grows its own community leaders.

DY10 Big Local

11:15 - 12:35

Shared Leadership

An approach for Big Local? A session to discuss and explore the idea of shared leadership.

Research team, Local Trust

12:35 - 13:40


13:40 - 14:30

Workshop choice 1: Engaging communities and individuals

Learn about the six key factors that get people engaged and maintain that engagement over time. Using learning from those working to get people more physically active, hear how you can raise and sustain people’s motivation to do difficult things.

Jim McKenna, Leeds Beckett University

13:40 - 14:30

Workshop choice 2: Maintaining wellbeing and good mental health for leaders

Learn how to manage the stresses of leadership and the importance of self-care.

Shaks Ghosh, Clore Social Leadership

14:45 - 15:45

Workshop choice 1: How could an entrepreneurial approach to leadership apply to Big Local and support your objectives?

This session will help you identify entrepreneurial qualities in yourself or others and share ideas on how to develop these.

Naomi Griffith and Georgie Grant, Onion Collective

14:45 - 15:45

Workshop choice 2: Recognising your leadership style

This session asks what sort of leader are you and how can you use your approach to leadership to maximise your impact?

Shaks Ghosh, Clore Social Leadership

14:45 - 15:45

Workshop choice 3: What can we learn from other countries on developing community leadership?

The aim of this session is for each participant to have learned and go on to apply new creative and innovative leadership approaches from communities outside of the UK.

Bob Walley, Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership

14:45 - 15:45

Workshop choice 4: Exploring themes that are essential to the next generation of leaders

This interactive session will explore themes that young people say are essential for progress and their leadership.

Venu Dhupa, Community Links

15:55 - 16:15

Wrap up session and next steps.

Speaker to be confirmed

16:15 - 17:00

You can take some time to have a chat before making your way home.

More about this event

The event is free for anyone who lives or works in a Big Local area. We will provide meals and accommodation. We also provide financial support for travel, childcare and other care costs to residents in Big Local areas. For information on expenses and support, please email us or telephone 020 3588 0565.

If you are attending a Big Local event as part of your paid work/employment then we ask that your employer cover your expenses. However, we can pay or contribute towards worker’s expenses in exceptional circumstances. Please ask when booking for further information.

Interested in participating? Want more information?

Registration for the Leaders Assembly is now closed. If you registered before 2pm on Friday 21 September, the programmes team will contact you to arrange your travel and accommodation. If you have any questions, contact the programmes team by email or telephone 020 3588 0565.

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