Lead Members’ Group

Sharing ideas and learning from others, to the benefit of all

Happy pupils sitting and listening attentively in a classroom

The role of Lead Member is key to the leadership of Children’s Services.

We recognise the wealth of experience, enthusiasm and talent of our Lead Members and as with our DCSs, the support of colleagues and safe environment to share ideas and learn from each other is beneficial to all.

The SESLIP Programme Board has agreed to develop a work-stream to support the learning and development of Lead Members as a part of the SESLIP Improvement Plan. 

During 2020-2021 we piloted a programme of self-assessment and triad/ quartet peer challenge which were complementary to the DCS-led self-assessment and peer challenge and support. This programme will run again this autumn 2022.

The Lead Member Sponsor is Cllr Hannah Allbrooke, Lead Member at Brighton and Hove.

South East Region’s Lead Members Group is supported by Alison Michalska,  the LGA Regional Children’s Improvement Advisor, as part of LGA’s ongoing sector-led improvement offer and Deborah Glassbrook who is an approved SESLIP Consultant and LGA SEND Improvement Advisor

We’ve facilitated regular workshops since 2021 which can be accessed using the button above.

Governance & Reports

Confidential organisational information is shared under the terms of the current SESLIP Memorandum of Understanding.

A contact list for the Lead Members Group is here.

Useful resources

Check out the LGA website for a wealth of helpful resources to support you in your role as Lead Member for Children’s Services. We have picked out seven key documents below as starters.

Upcoming Events

  • SE Branch ADCS Joint with Lead Members

    In-person London or online

    08 December 2023
    12:00 - 13:00

Please use the contact details below to find out more.

Please contact Alison Michalska or Deborah Glassbrook (contact details below) if you would like to find out more.

Next Meetings

Tuesday 5th December 2023 – either 3.00pm – 4.30pm or 5.00pm – 6.30pm

Self-assessment workshops supported by Alison and Deborah

Friday 8th December 2023 – 10.00am – 2.30pm

Lead Members Regional Network Meeting and joint meeting with DCSs

Please contact Alison Michalska or Deborah Glassbrook for more information (details below)

Contact Details

SESLI Programme Manager: Richard Tyndall (South East Sector-Led Improvement Programme)


07880 787007

LGA Children’s Improvement Adviser: Alison Michalska (South East Sector-Led Improvement Programme)


07920 727626

SESLIP Consultant and LGA SEND Improvement Adviser: Deborah Glassbrook (South East Sector-Led Improvement Programme)


07882 158959