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National Conference

Exciting Announcement: BBC’s former Chief Political Correspondent & Strictly Come Dancing star confirmed for National Conference 2019!

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.

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!
  • 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

Your exciting programme is currently being planned and will be available soon.

We will be holding an evening with our exhibitors from 6.30pm - 7.30pm on Tuesday 1st October. Meet our friendly exhibitors and discuss your product/service requirements over a complimentary glass of wine.

Full package from £375 + VAT
Day Delegate from £130 + VAT per day

Early bird discount ends 28th August 2019

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

A closer look at your sessions...

Public Speaking - Take the Platform
Becky Walsh

Becky is an expert in personal development and communications. Her first career was in Theatre as a West End of London having trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. This career took her all over the world working on such events as the Hong Kong handover to China.

From this Becky went into personal development. Presenting an agony aunt style phone in radio show on LBC Radio in London which enjoyed 97,000 listeners. She 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 then went on to present on BBC Radio and have her own TV show ‘Anything goes with Becky Walsh’. As well as being a worldwide media pundit in personal development.

Are you a convincing and persuasive speaker? Watch the video to find out how Becky's session will help you:
Becky is a sought-after speaker and has appeared at the world-renowned seminar ‘I can do it’, as well being a coach and script editor for TEDx speakers. Becky has a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco and is a qualified life coach.

She also writes for Huffington Post and Psychologies Magazine. Becky also has her own company called ‘Ample South West’ bringing personal development classes with a range of subjects and teachers, live in person and broadcast online. Workshops in emotional resilience and emotional intelligence are delivered in businesses and at universities.

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

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 free out of hours transportation service for NHS hospitals.
Winning tickets will be drawn at The President's dinner on the 2nd October 2019.

Click here to purchase your charity tickets or buy your 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 three 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.

National Conference was generously sponsored by:


Disclaimer:  Whilst the SLCC tries to ensure all speakers present accurate and reliable information, the SLCC does not endorse, or approve, or certify all such information, nor does it guarantee the accuracy, completeness, efficacy, timeliness, or correct sequencing of such information. All presentations represent the opinions of the speaker and do not necessarily represent the position or the opinion of SLCC or its members. Reference by the speaker to any specific commercial product, process or service by trade name, trademark, service mark, manufacturer, and corporation or otherwise does not constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation, or favouring by SLCC.

We advise that you do not purchase non-refundable travel tickets to the event until you have received confirmation from the SLCC, which will be finalised 2 weeks before the event.  Many travel companies do not offer refunds on advanced bookings and the SLCC will not be held liable in the unlikely event of cancellation.


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