National Conference 2021

Together we can do so much

Our ‘showcase’ event, now in its 47th year! A unique opportunity for clerks, deputies, assistants and Responsible Financial Officers (RFO’s) to take part in relevant training to keep up-to-date and network with sector colleagues and experts.

The 2021 hybrid conference will take place at Jurys Inn Hinckley Island Hotel, Leicestershire and also virtually on 13 and 14 October 2021.

Attend National Conference and find out how to:

  • Bring new resource into your workforce & fill skill gaps at your council using the apprenticeship scheme
  • Work with your principal authority to strengthen your role in service delivery & place-shaping
  • Bring your community together to create positive action
  • Tackle the Climate Emergency by providing recyclable and biodegradable lighting solutions
  • Create community wealth through local ownership of significant assets
  • Identify your learning pathway to achieve your career goals


Attend in-person

What’s in it for you?

  • Join the 12 inspiring, keynote sessions taking place in the main conference room and the Q&A’s. Sessions will be delivered by expert speakers including a luminary speaker from the sector (to be announced)
  • Join the informative sessions taking place in the break-out rooms (13th Oct)
  • Receive a link to the recordings of all the sessions available for 60 days after the event.
  • A dedicated exhibitor area showcasing a range of products and services – our friendly commercial exhibitors will be available across the two-days to answer your queries. We will be holding an opening of the exhibitor area on the evening of 12th Oct.
  • An SLCC Zone providing information on professional development and qualifications. The Zone will also feature the SLCC Bookshop giving you the chance to peruse and take away your books.
  • Two SLCC dinners providing the chance to network with sector colleagues and exhibitors. The Outgoing President’s Dinner, 12th Oct (in support of the Breast Cancer Now charity, attendees are invited to wear something pink) and the Incoming President’s Dinner, 13th Oct.
  • CPD points – accrue CPD points to increase your knowledge as well as building your CPD log. To be eligible to claim the full 4 CPD points you will need to have attended at least 10 sessions, i.e. 5 sessions per day over 2 days. CPD points are self-awarded
  • The Annual General Meeting (AGM) for SLCC members will take place 12th Oct and be available in hybrid format

Attend virtually

What’s in it for you?

  • Live access to 12 inspiring, keynote sessions taking place in the main conference room. Sessions will be delivered by a expert speakers including a luminary speaker from the sector (to be announced)
  • Opportunity to join the live Q&A in the main room
  • Ability to view the informative sessions taking place in the break-out rooms via a recorded link after the event. This link will be available to virtual delegates for 30 days after the event.
  • CPD points – accrue CPD points to increase your knowledge as well as building your CPD log. To be eligible to claim the full 4 CPD points you will need to have attended at least 10 sessions, i.e. 5 sessions per day over 2 days. CPD points are self-awarded
  • Choose your sessions – pick from a range of sessions to develop your own learning agenda
  • The Annual General Meeting (AGM) for SLCC members will take place 12th Oct available in hybrid format

Not sure how to attend the conference? View your options using the comparison chart below.

Delegate Options

Clerks in Wales – you could be eligible for a bursary towards 50% of the cost (up to the value of £100). Click here to find out more.

Note: This year’s National Conference will focus on bringing people together and promoting networking, learning and fun. To put the spotlight on well being and the feel-good factor of the event we have decided not to provide wine on the table during dinner. We hope that you understand our decision and want to reassure you that this will not detract from the usual hospitality National Conference is renowned for.

A closer look at your sessions...

The Rt Hon. The Lord Blunkett

Hear David’s incredible life story at National Conference 2021.

Growing up in poverty, David’s circumstances were made even tougher when at the age of twelve he lost his father in a work accident. Rejecting the dismissal of many, and with the help of evening classes and day release from work, he entered the University of Sheffield and went on to become the youngest ever councillor in the city.

Lord Blunkett has served in public life for over 40 years. From leader of England’s fourth largest city, to Home Secretary at the time of 9/11, he has taken on some of the most challenging roles in politics. Few senior politicians have experienced quite so many ups and downs, and none have achieved high office having been blind since birth.

Watch the video to find out more!

It’s Not Me, It’s You!

Becky Walsh, Personal Power Specialist,

Becky Walsh is a one-woman radical reinventor of personal development. This talk on mental and emotional health resilience is being performed in the style of stand-up comedy. Come to learn new skills and laugh whilst doing so.

Becky Walsh has worked in theatre for fifteen of years, she is a speaker and comedian herself and she works with the globally renowned TEDx conferences helping speakers create dynamic talk scripts. She also works as a Communications Officer for Weston-super-Mare Town Council.


Helping Councils Access Apprenticeships

Jamie Saddler, Senior Adviser (Workforce) & Apprenticeships Adviser, Local Government Association (LGA)

Join the Local Government Association (LGA) Apprenticeships Adviser, Jamie Saddler, to discover how apprenticeships can help your council fill skill gaps and bring new resource into your workforce.

The session will cover:

  • What is the apprenticeship levy?
  • Brief overview of the government’s reforms
  • What apprenticeships might work best in parish and town councils
  • How to access funding – from co-investment with the government to receiving levy transfers from other employers

Jamie is the LGA’s Apprenticeships Adviser and a Senior Adviser in the Workforce Team. In this role, Jamie leads on the delivery of the LGA’s National Apprenticeship Programme, providing advice, guidance and practical support to help councils deliver more apprenticeship starts year on year, meet their challenges and deliver on their apprenticeship priorities. Jamie joined the LGA from London Councils where he was a Principal Policy Officer leading on skills and apprenticeships. Prior to that he worked in Parliament for eight years in a number of roles including as Political Adviser to Local Government Minister, Andrew Stunell, and as Head of the Parliamentary Support Team.



James Saddler, Helping Town and Parish Councils Access Apprenticeships at National Conference 2021

Freedom Of Information Requests – The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Jonathan Goolden, Partner & Emma Hastings-Bray, Regulatory Solicitor for Wilkin Chapman LLP

Join this session for:

  • A detailed explanation of freedom of information requests and the regulatory framework
  • A review of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 – what is and isn’t covered and timescales for responding to a request
  • How you should approach a request – the different types of requests such as vexatious requests and exemptions contained within the Act
  • Practical steps for handling requests


Jonathan Goolden, Partner, Wilkin Chapman LLP

Engaging with Principal Authorities to Facilitate Devolution

Philip Clifford, Senior Advisor, Local Government Association (LGA)

In the context of the Government’s commitment to Level Up communities across the country this session provides a practical overview of the steps town and parish councils can take to work more closely and effectively with principal authorities to strengthen their role in service delivery and place-shaping.

Philip Clifford is a Senior Adviser at the Local Government Association (LGA) and leads on devolution, place-based growth and international policy. For much of his professional career Philip has worked on issues of place-based leadership and economic development: as part of the Government’s London Thames Gateway Initiative and with partners across London Local Government on a range of issues including housing investment, migration, welfare reform and devolution. Recently, his work at the LGA has focused on economic recovery, sustainable development, local governance reform and international trade. Philip has an academic background in global political economy and lives in north east London.


Philip Clifford is a Senior Adviser at the Local Government Association (LGA)

Connecting Communities

Deana Wildgoose, THINK FC

How might you connect in your community? What do people most love about their area? Who might you play Community Asset Bingo with, and why might you want to play it? If you are interested in exploring the answers to these questions you’ll enjoy this presentation.

Deana Wildgoose from THINK FC will share the story of Coalville C.A.N. (Communities and Neighbours). An insight into why, how, what has happened so far and what the future plans are for working collaboratively in Coalville, bringing people together to create positive action and to create community wealth through local ownership of significant assets.

This interactive session will provide you with the tools to use in your community.



Deana Wildgoose, Connecting Communities at National Conference 2021

Lighting to Fulfil your Climate Emergency Goals

Katherine Owen & Garry Brown, Blachere Illumination

Join the National Conference sponsor, Blachere Illumination, as they introduce the NEW range of eco-friendly lighting options and a Summer range designed specifically from feedback received from local council clerks across the country. The tailor-made designs will help your council tackle the Climate Emergency by providing recyclable and biodegradable solutions. Join the largest supplier of festive lighting in the UK for this informative session to ensure your council are doing their part to protect our planet and safeguard the future for everyone.

Councils at the Heart of Future Communities

Sue Baxter, Chairman, National Association of Local Councils (NALC)

In this conference session, Cllr Sue Baxter will reflect on her four years as the first ever female chair of the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) and set out what still needs to be done to ensure local councils are relevant to the future of communities.

Cllr Baxter was elected as NALC’s first female chairman in December 2016. Sue is Chairman of Wythall Parish Council and a member of neighbouring Alvechurch Parish Council, both in Worcestershire. Sue is also an independent member of Bromsgrove District Council. She believes that local people understand the needs of their area best and by making decisions about the services they value, they can build stronger and thriving communities.



Sue Baxter, Chairman, NALC

One-to-One Advice & Career Guidance

One-to-One Advice

Book a face-to-face appointment with our expert advisory team to discuss your professional queries.

Career GuidanceNEW for 2021

Discuss your career goals with Karen Hawkes FSLCC, Clerk to South Woodham Ferrers Town Council, who will help you identify the knowledge, information, skills, and experience necessary to succeed. Suitable for officers at any stage of their career.

SLCC Advisory Service

Celebrate & Nominate!

Be a cheerleader for your clerk colleagues

SLCC’s Annual Awards celebrate the skills, dedication and professionalism of senior officers serving councils large and small throughout England and Wales.

Submit your nomination(s) and a panel appointed by the Board of Directors will determine the best three nominees in each category and the winner will be announced at the opening of the Conference on Wednesday 13 October.

  • New Clerk of the Year
  • Bryan Metcalf Award for Volunteering
  • Professional Innovation Award
  • Best magazine article by a member
  • Best case study at an SLCC event
  • Long Service Award(s)

Click here to view the award criteria and submit your nomination.

We ask that you submit your nomination with a statement no longer than 300 words and complete it before 1 September 2021.


SLCC Annual Awards, nominate your colleague in the 2020 Awards

Feedback from 2020

Thank you to everyone @SLCCnews for a brilliant week long virtual #SLCCNational conference

Closing session of the #SLCCNational Conference.  Congratulations @SLCCnews for pulling off a great Zoomathon!  A whole week’s worth of useful and inspiring sessions, and great value for money too!

An absolute honour to hear John’s story of the Thai cave rescue. I am humbled and in awe. What a way to end a conference! Thank you @SLCCnews #SLCCNational #localgov

National Conference 2021 is generously sponsored by Blachere Illumination.

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Blachere Illumination are the sponsor of National Conference 2021