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National Conference

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Are you moving your council forward? Invest in yourself and return to your council with new ideas, approaches and opportunities.

Attend your 2019 National Conference and...

  • Return to your council with an improvement plan to make a difference straight away!
  • Understand the practical steps your council can take to combat climate change
  • Get the best deals for your council by learning essential negotiating skills
  • Uncover coming constitutional and structural changes with a leading political commentator
  • Hold the attention of your audience with public speaking expert Becky Walsh
  • Understand your responsibilities as a Charity Trustee
  • Put your questions to an advisor in a dedicated one-to-one session

Tuesday 1st October
The SLCC Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place at 4.45pm in the Lakeside Suite. The meeting is open to full members, past service members, honorary vice presidents and any persons whose presence is approved by the meeting.

We will also hold an evening with our exhibitors from 6.30pm - 7.30pm on the 1st October. Feel free to come and meet our friendly exhibitors and discuss your product/service requirements over a complimentary glass of wine.

Full package from £375 + £61 VAT
Day Delegate from £130 + VAT per day
We invite clerks from councils of all sizes to join National Conference but unfortunately this Conference is not open to councillors

SAVE £50! Does your council have a precept of less than £75,000? Take advantage of the special discounted day rate, £80 + VAT (members) and £115 + VAT (non-members)

Attend this event and log 2.5 CPD points per day! Click here to log your CPD points.

A closer look at your sessions...

John Sergeant, BBC’s former Chief Political Correspondent & Strictly Come Dancing star
John Sergeant will be kicking off this year’s National Conference! John will be setting the scene for conference by using his unique insight to reflect upon recent seismic political and democratic changes, occasioned in the main by Brexit, what this means for the national body politic and the potential impact upon local government generally and parish and community councils in particular.

Climate Change Emergency Declaration
Mike Child, Head of Science, Policy & Research, Friends of the Earth
With many climate emergencies now declared across the country the question is, what to do next? Understand the practical steps your council can take.

Mike has worked for Friends of the Earth for almost 30 years in a wide-range of roles, including leading the successful campaign for the Climate Change Act. More recently he has been providing research support to Friends of the Earth grassroots Climate Action Groups which are campaigning locally for greater action on climate change by local authorities.

"Sport is a Business, Business is a Sport"
Derek Redmond, former British World Champion Athlete

Derek Redmond, the well known former British World Champion Athlete, will be opening the second day of our National Conference. The memorable moment at the Barcelona Olympics when Derek pulled his hamstring whilst leading the final leg of the 400 metres relay but continued to complete the race, touched the hearts of the nation. The video of that moment has now been watched by a staggering 110 million people. Derek completes the line up of speakers and presenters at Conference and his inspirational story, which is in demand around the world, will provide a superb start to the second day of our premier event.

Tackling Bullying & Harassment
Deborah Evans, Chief Executive, Lawyers in Local Government
Join Deborah Evans, Chief Executive of Lawyers in Local Government (LLG), to hear how the LLG, SLCC and Association of Democratic Services (ADSO) have joined forces to tackle the problem of bullying and harassment in town and parish councils. Deborah will update you regarding plans for a new Code of Conduct, Sanctions, and tools for managing poor behaviour to improve the quality of decision making.

Where's my Council?
The Royal Society of Arts, Community Governance teaching team, ComGov Think Tank and Johnathan Bourne FSLCC, Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council
A session to provoke vigorous debate about what local councils should be, the approaches for taking the sector forwards and the central role of the clerk. This unmissable session has the potential to influence the strategic development of the sector, whatever the size of the individual council.

Session 1 - Thursday 3rd Oct, 10am
After hearing fresh and even controversial views, participants will give their councils a ‘score’ 1 – 4 against indicators, the scores will be (anonymously) collated and discussed.

Session 2 - Thursday 3rd Oct, 11.10am
Participants will map their council’s profile and discuss three critical questions:
1. Is there a case for change in how local councils approach things?
2. What needs to change?
3. What is the role of the clerk in effecting change?
Comgov will then (anonymously) summarise all aspects of the debate in order to compile a model action plan which can be used by individual councils to stimulate debate amongst councils’ elected members and staff.

These sessions have the potential to influence the strategic development of the sector, whatever the size of the individual council.

Public Speaking - Take the Platform
Becky Walsh, Public Speaking Expert

Becky is an expert in personal development and communications. Becky is the author of four self help books including ‘You DO Know – Learning to act on intuition instantly’ which is published in four languages. She has presented on BBC Radio and had her own TV show ‘Anything goes with Becky Walsh’.

She also writes for Huffington Post and Psychologies Magazine. Becky also has her own company called ‘Ample South West’ offering workshops in emotional resilience and emotional intelligence.

Part-time Becky is the communications officer for Weston-super-Mare Town Council.

Are you a convincing and persuasive speaker? Watch the video to find out how Becky's session will help you:

More speakers coming soon...

Your Luxury Charity Raffle
All proceeds from the raffle will be donated to the Institute of Local Council Managers Educational Trust for clerks and SERV Wessex providing an out of hours blood and organs transportation service for NHS hospitals for urgent operations.
Winning tickets will be drawn at The President's dinner on the 2nd October 2019.

Purchase your charity tickets from SLCC Officers on the first day of conference.

SLCC Awards
National Conference will commence with the SLCC Annual Awards Ceremony to celebrate the skills, dedication and professionalism of senior officers serving councils large and small throughout England and Wales.

Every branch is now invited to submit nominations for the various categories. A Panel appointed by the Board of Directors will determine the best three in each category who will then be invited to Conference, where their contribution can be recognised and the final winner announced.

The various categories of awards are:
  • New Clerk of the Year - presented to a member who has excelled in the early stages of their clerk’s career. Nominees can be any clerk with less than four years’ service in the role (any clerk who entered the profession after 1st October 2015).
  • Bryan Metcalf Award for Volunteering – awarded in memory of one of the SLCC's greatest and longest serving volunteers, this award is presented to a member who has demonstrated exceptional voluntary service to the SLCC.
  • Professional Innovation Award – awarded to recognise your SLCC's core values, this award is presented to a member who has demonstrated exceptional creativity or an innovative approach in any element of the delivery of their council’s work.
  • Best magazine article by a member - presented to the member who has contributed the best article to The Clerk Magazine in the preceding year (from October 1st 2018).
  • Best case study at a regional or residential event - awarded to the member who has presented the best-case study at an SLCC conference or Regional Training Seminar in the preceding year (from October 1st 2018).
  • Long Service Award(s) - awarded to a limited number of nominees annually who have served the SLCC over an extended period. Please note that the minimum criteria for a successful nomination are: 30 years’ service as a clerk, active service to SLCC, retired or retiring between 1st June 2019 and 31st May 2020
Branches have until 1st September to submit their nominations, so make sure your branch is aware of whom you feel merits an award!

Our professional Illustrator captured the key learnings, outcomes and the spirit of the 2018 thought-provoking event:

Click here to view a selection of photos from National Conference 2018.

Joining instructions will be sent to you 3 weeks before the event and your invoice will be sent 5 days after the event. We advise that, on receipt of the joining instructions, you are liable for any fees incurred in order to attend the event.

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