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Agendas are the key tool for a successful meeting and minutes are a requirement at all local council meetings. This interactive one day training course is designed for anyone who would like to acquire or improve their skills, knowledge and understanding of working effectively in meetings.
Why should you attend:
  • Recognise how best to prepare both agendas and minutes.
  • Consider the best style and variations in content for agendas.
  • Find out how to practice your skills of listening, note taking and writing.
  • Understand the formalities and legal duties of minute taking, logging and signing.

Who should attend?

  • New clerks
  • Deputies, committee managers and aspiring administration assistants.
  • Current clerks looking to refine their meeting skills or to acquire new techniques to further increase their effectiveness at meetings

Course outline:

  • What are agendas and minutes?
  • Good and bad examples.
  • How to lead a great meeting?
  • Exercises

"Excellent – went home ready to bring the council up to date and in line with legislation" Teresa Drew, Ermington Parish Council


0930 - 1630*
* This is a one day course. Exact timings will be confirmed when you receive your joining instructions.

About the trainer:

Bruce has been a Parish Clerk for over 32 years having just retired from three small Parish Councils one being Bleadon Parish Council where he has been for some 26 years. In addition he has been serving East Huntspill Parish Council and Puriton Parish Council for 11 years and 10 years respectively. Currently he is the Parish Clerk to South Petherton and Town Clerk to Shepton Mallet Town Council.
He is a Past President of the Society of Local Council Clerks 2010/11 having served on its National Executive Council and as Cabinet Member for a number of years. Currently he is Chairman of the Somerset Branch of Town and Parish Clerks and the County Mentoring Officer. He is CiLCA Trained and holds the Certificate for the Power of Well Being. He gained a 2.1 Bachelor of Arts Degree in Local Policy with the University of Gloucestershire in 2010. From this he continues to act as an Employment Support Officer and runs Training Courses for both SLCC (Society of Local Council Clerks) and SALC (Somerset Association of Local Councils).
Bruce holds Fellowship Membership of the Institute of Local Council Management and is a Master Municipal Clerk with the International Institute of Municipal Clerks. In May 2015 he was sworn in at the Hartford Connecticut IMMC Conference as one of two Regional Board Directors for Region XI. Region XI representing clerk organisations outside North America
He is married to Ann who between them has 5 children and 7 grandchildren. He thoroughly enjoys family life and his outside of work activities includes his local Church Scouting and Masonry 

Trainer for Wales:

Gwilym Rippon is a Town Clerk to Kington Town Council in Herefordshire, a clerk to 2 small Parish Councils in Shropshire Bettws y Crwyn and Newcastle and a clerk to a Community Council in Powys, Abermule (with) Llandyssil Community Council. Previously a Police Officer for 33 years he came into the sector by accident but now thoroughly enjoys the work. Gwilym is the only clerk that holds CiLCA England and Wales qualifications, has attended the University of Gloucestershire and has attained a Certificate of Higher Education in Community Engagement and Governance. He wears several hats of the society, those being. Trainer for Wales, Employment support Officer and Deputy Advisor for Wales. He has been elected by Powys Branch to sit on the NEC ( National Executive Council) for the SLCC. At the time of writing Gwilym is also a board member of the ILCM (Institute of Local Council Management) and is a member of the Institute. Gwilym is also a member of the IIMC (International Institute of Municipal Clerks) and attended his first internal conference in Brussels in June 2014.

Delegate Fees:

If your Clerk attends, subsequent bookings for the same course from members of the council may attend at the member rate.

There is not just value in your investment in attending the training course, but these are also great opportunities to network with like-minded individuals and make new contacts.

Book your next personal development opportunity now!

* Your registration will secure you a place on the course. Your booking will only then be confirmed and invoices issued approximately 3 weeks before the course date. It is advised you wait until this time before booking your travel arrangements. At a similar time you will also be sent a delegate list and joining instructions detailing the venue, parking, trainer and any other details relevant to the course.

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