Increasing the pool of talent from which councillors are elected is a key challenge for local government. We need councillors who are capable, vibrant, energetic and engaged, with a commitment to local people and a passion for change.

Ensuring that councils better represent their electorate is not simply a case of encouraging more diversity in terms of age, gender or ethnicity, although that does play a part in making councils more relevant. The most important thing is raising the quality of all councillors. We need different kinds of people willing to stand for election so that parties get a choice of quality candidates.

The Be A Councillor programme is looking for female Councillors to join the Women’s Mentoring Network and inspire others to think about becoming councillors.

What would be needed from you

  • You would be informal/first point of call contact as one of the initial steps for potential candidates.
  • You would also be invited to a mentoring training session.

You would also be invited to a mentoring training session.

If you are interested in volunteering, you must be able to demonstrate a clear commitment to your own and others’ development.  Please email

Bernadette Eckersley-Fallon says

Newly elected after a hard fought campaign, happy to help

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