Become a peer

Enabling learning, development and improvement: being a peer as part of the LGA peer challenge programme.


At the heart of the LGA’s Sector Led Improvement programme are officer and member peers.

From the public, private and voluntary sectors people give their time and expertise to act as peers on improvement projects such as peer challenges and leadership mentoring to help local government improve and learn. The LGA are currently running a programme of remote peer support while national restrictions preclude face-to-face peer challenges.

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Peers understand the current challenges faced by local government and they bring credibility, trust and mutual respect to the improvement process. They engage and listen, explore and question, and work as a team to bring innovative ideas and experiences from elsewhere.

Peers not only support and challenge local government they also benefit from the places they visit and always take back learning and practice that will help their own organisations.

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You can read about the experiences of local government officers, elected members and others who have participated as peers in the LGA Corporate Peer Challenge Programme – Hear from others who are peers

What do peers do?

Sector Led Improvement including peer challenges are managed and delivered by the sector for the sector. Peers are at the heart of the peer challenge process. They provide a 'practitioner perspective' and 'critical friend' challenge. Working as a team, and supported by an experienced LGA peer challenge manager, peers spend time onsite at a council, fire and rescue service or other organisation to help with it with its improvement and learning. Through a series of meetings and workshops, peers and the council work together to discuss their current priorities and future plans. The LGA peer manager and peers produce a presentation and short report to feedback to the council their findings and recommendations. Peers help build capacity, confidence and sustainability by challenging practice and sharing knowledge and experience.

A role description summarises the officer peer role and responsibilities – Peer Role Description

A role description summarises the officer peer role and responsibilities:

Member Peers

If you are a Councillor, you will need to speak to the relevant LGA Political Group Office to become a Member Peer

Member peers are involved in a range of peer support activity in addition to peer challenges, including support to new leaders and administrations following a change of control, mentoring and councillor development.

Conservative

Email: gporter@sholland.gov.uk or lgaconservatives@local.gov.uk

Labour

Email: stephen.houghton@local.gov.uk or Rania.Ramli@local.gov.uk

Liberal Democrat

Email: alan.connett@btinternet.com or  Ryan.Priest@local.gov.uk 

Independent

Email: mike.haines@teignbridge.gov.uk or sarah.woodhouse@local.gov.uk

If you are interested in supporting the Children’s programme find more information about becoming a peer for Children’s Services on their web page.

A call for peers

To deliver our Sector Led Improvement programme we need your help.

The LGA is committed to ensuring that our peers bring diverse and varied voices to help local government improve. We understand that one size does not fit all and bringing together people of different backgrounds, ethnicities, genders and with different life experiences is key to delivering improvement and innovation.

We welcome interest from all people working in a senior leadership role across local government, health and the voluntary and community sector but particularly encourage individuals from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds and those with a disability to express an interest in becoming a peer.

In addition, the specific skills and expertise continually changes and currently we welcome interest from chief executives, and from directors or senior officers with current roles and/or experience of one or more of the following:

  • finance
  • governance
  • equality and diversity
  • transformation
  • commissioning and procurement
  • economic growth
  • third sector

To express your interest go to our peer recruitment page.

Further information

For further information about the peer challenge programme and role of peers, please contact:

Alex Marshall
Alexandra.marshall@local.gov.uk
0779 9268 739

Alison Gover
Alison.gover@local.gov.uk
07789 932515

Ged Perkins
Ged.perkins@local.gov.uk
07789 932515