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In-Council Training 

LGMA offers short and extended courses that are aimed at increasing the skills and capabilities of local government officers.  As with all LGMA programmes, these workshops offer practical, hands-on learning within the local government context to maximise application to officers’ roles.

Sessions can be provided for an individual council at their location or neighbouring councils may choose to form a group training session to reduce costs and share knowledge and experience.  Topics offered are diverse and can be tailored to align with your specific policies and procedures.  Programmes can run from 2 hours to 6 days, depending on the topic chosen and the desired outcomes.

In addition to the topics outlined below, LGMA can work with you to develop and tailor in-council training programmes to meet your requirements.  For more information, please contact LGMA on 07 3174 5006 or email:

Meet Our Trainers

Fiona Cullen

Fiona has had an interesting career path, split between pursuing elite amateur sporting dreams and developing her skills as a leadership development facilitator and communications professional.

With over 20 years’ experience working with a wide variety of organisations in the commercial, not-for-profit and public sectors, Fiona has worn many hats including strategic marketer, events manager, business development lead, communications officer and now leadership coach and professional development facilitator.

In her role at LGMA, Fiona facilitates leadership development programmes for local government officers to develop the skills they need to lead and shape themselves, their teams, their organisations and their communities. 

David Stanley

Your learning zone is outside your comfort zone and for more than 40 years Dave has enjoyed helping people learn. His focus with the LGMA is coaching and also delivering programmes on leadership, high performing teams and culture. He has found working with local government to be an amazing insight to how communities are built and sustained.

Dave brings to the LGMA services leadership and coaching experience gained across diverse industries which helps him listen to and connect with just about anyone. Most of the last two decades has involved executive coaching in the private sector.  He has given talks to educators in 6 Australasian countries on educational neuroscience. Dave has consulted on CRM systems and data protection and setup call centres - both the infrastructure and the teams. 

Last century, he taught mathematics at high school, coached water polo at the Uni of NSW, had been general manager of a franchisor across Australia and New Zealand and held various sales management positions. He aims to maintain his fitness and continue qualifying as a casual surf lifeguard well into his sixties.

Dave and his family believe in community contribution. He has over 30 years participation in surf lifesaving, is part of the SLSQ drone-pilot program and is in his club’s training team. Additionally, he holds a commercial boat Master NC<24 licence and has 14 years with Coast Guard, training and building teams of volunteers to perform offshore rescues in sometimes dangerous conditions. 

Effective team work, operational success and satisfaction in doing a meaningful task correlate well with the requirements of local government teams.

Tracey Stinson 

Tracey Stinson is an accomplished executive, board director and facilitator. She has held executive positions within local government for many years and now runs her own successful management consulting business. Tracey has a proven ability to respectfully challenge the status quo and assist organisations and teams to realign their strategic direction and focus on productive collaboration. She has an MBA, a Graduate Certificate in Dispute Resolution, a Bachelor or Economics and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


  • Mediation (helping people collaborate, negotiate and resolve conflict)
  • Leadership development training and executive coaching (public and private sectors)
  • Management consulting (governance, facilitation of change management, strategic and corporate planning processes)
  • Stakeholder engagement and consultation (for complex and controversial developments and major public infrastructure)


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