Virtual National Conference 2020

The Training Festival for Clerks!

Introducing our first-ever virtual National Conference packed with best-practice advice taking place from 12th – 16th October 2020.

This week-long festival of learning signifies an immense step forward for the SLCC in terms of virtual conferencing and is offered to you at an exclusive, one-off rate for SLCC members – don’t miss out!

The festival is designed for clerks in England and Wales working for councils of any size and will provide relevant advice in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as guidance covering budgeting, well-being, climate change, investments, risk management & more.

What’s in it for you?

  • Choose your sessions – pick from a range of sessions throughout the week to develop your own learning agenda, or attend all of the sessions throughout the week
  • Tailored content – the mix of online workshops & plenary sessions will include relevant advice for clerks in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as guidance covering budgeting, well-being, climate change, investments and risk management.
  • CPD points – accrue valuable CPD points throughout the week to increase your knowledge as well as building your CPD log
  • Join your colleagues – meet up with your colleagues in the virtual networking session to share your experiences, learn from fellow clerks or just meet up with friends
  • Save time – the online delivery means there is no travel time plus you can learn from the comfort of your home or office!
  • Save money – our valued sponsors have enabled us to offer this to you at a one-off, heavily discounted rate with no impact on the quality & quantity of the sessions and advice

How much?

The pandemic has had a massive impact on everyone, especially you, our valued members and your communities. Therefore, we want to enable all of our members to have access to best-practice, high quality training and advice.

Thanks to our generous panel of sponsors, it has been made possible to offer you this full week of learning for the one-off, heavily discounted rate of only £25 + VAT for SLCC members or £149 + VAT for non-members.

How will this content be delivered?

The packed agenda will provide a series of interactive, online tutorials delivered via Zoom from 10am to 4pm each day throughout the week.

How do I book?

Book the event here, we’ll email you confirmation of the booking and, nearer the time, provide you with your unique link to access the week-long festival. You can pick and attend the individual sessions that you most want to learn about or need help with……then sit-back and learn!

A closer look at your sessions....

Tom Swarbrick

Inside The Storm: Crises from 10 Downing Street

Tom Swarbrick is an LBC Presenter and former Adviser to Theresa May.

During his time working within the government, he was by the side of the Prime Minister when Donald Trump was elected President, Article 50 was triggered and the Brexit negotiations began and was by her side too for the General Election.

Toms role was to be part of the team that briefed the Prime Minister before every major interview and worked with the PM and the Director of Communications on the Government’s communications strategy.

Tom left Downing Street to return to a career in broadcasting in March 2018 and can be seen regularly as a commentator on Sky and CNN as well as his own LBC show. He saw off household names from the BBC to be named both the National Radio Journalist of the Year and the International Reporter of the Year. In 2015 he became the station’s Chief Correspondent and the youngest ever presenter of a national talk radio show.

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Tom Swarbrick, Political Speaker to speak at the Virtual National Conference

John Volanthen

Achieving The Impossible

John Volanthen is a world record-holding British caver and cave diver who has been involved in cave exploration over the last two decades.

In 2018, John played a key role in the Tham Luang Thailand cave rescue and was named one of TIME magazine’s “Heroes of the Year.” John attended the incident in Thailand, along with his cave dive partner, Rick Stanton. The duo were able to successfully locate the missing children—something not even special forces were able to do—and then participated in their extraction and successful rescue, leading the team two-and-a-half miles through a flooded dungeon of a cave buried deep inside a mountain. A video of Volanthen and Stanton making initial contact with the team has since gone viral globally.

In 2004, Volanthen and Stanton set a world record for greatest depth achieved in a British cave, cave diving 76 m (249 ft) at Wookey Hole in Somerset.

John has been involved in a number of search, rescue, and recovery incidents including the recovery of Paul Esser, the Gliesion Colliary flooding, and the search for Eric Estable in the Ardeche for which John was awarded the Royal Humane Society Bronze medal.

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John Volanthen, Thailand Rescue Cave Diver to speak at the Virtual National Conference

Dr Penny Pullan

Virtual Leadership

Dr Penny Pullan is the author of lockdown best-seller ‘Virtual Leadership: Practical Strategies for Getting the Best Out of Virtual Work and Virtual Teams’ and is a well-respected expert in virtual and hybrid leadership working with organisations such as Astra Zeneca and the UK Government.

Since March 2020, Penny’s advice has been in demand worldwide as industries have had to adapt in order to survive during the pandemic and she has also been writing articles and regularly appearing on national TV and radio.

The best-selling book is now available on the SLCC website and we eagerly await what will be a most timely and relevant session in today’s workplace.

Click here to purchase ‘Virtual Leadership: Practical Strategies for Getting the Best Out of Virtual Work and Virtual Teams’ at the special members price of £15.99 or non-member price of £19.99.

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Penny Pullan discusses virtual leadership at the Virtual National Conference 2020

Patricia Marks

Crisis Management

The COVID pandemic left even the most prepared organisations battling to deal with operational and managerial difficulties which were never anticipated let alone planned for. Develop your four step, emergency plan to future-proof your council.

Consider your councils capabilities and establish your planning team to ensure your council are ready to implement the plan if the unthinkable should happen.

Patricia Marks is a highly client focused and commercially astute senior business professional specialising in business development and project management, significant experience of working with public sector organisations and a proven record of accomplishment in the successful delivery of programmes and development projects.

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Patricia Marks is a highly client focused and commercially astute senior business professional specialising in business development and project management, significant experience of working with public, private and third sector organisations and a proven record of accomplishment in the successful delivery of programmes and development projects within the areas of employment, education, charity, healthcare, business, environment and agriculture.

Becky Walsh

Your inner power

Power isn’t a dirty word. Yet, there are many negative connotations in association with it.

“Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely”, Sir John Dalberg-Acton.

Our distaste for power is a cultural unconscious belief. It holds many brilliant people back, from stepping up to positions of power or even getting their voices heard when their ideas are needed the most.

In this talk Becky will teach you the three power states:

  • Inner genius
  • Inner knowing (intuition)
  • Inner clarity

If you can’t own your own power, how can you empower anyone else?

Becky Walsh works as a Communications Officer for Weston-super-Mare Town Council and also presented an agony aunt style phone-in radio show on LBC Radio in London. She is the author of four self-help books and presented on BBC Radio.

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Becky Walsh, Public Speaking Essentials

Yvonne Colverson FSLCC

A Clerk’s Life – The Truth!

Looking back at 14 years of being a parish clerk and sharing some of the challenges, achievements, sad times and long-term side effects of the job. Every local council clerk will relate to this truthful, honest and sometimes funny look at the life of a parish clerk and, hopefully, may inspire some to consider supporting others through the SLCC mentor scheme.

Like many Clerks, Yvonne Colverson FSLCC fell into the profession after a varied career covering horticulture, customer service management, the care industry and time as a school bursar. Yvonne is currently Clerk to North Wingfield Parish Council in Derbyshire and now has 10 years’ experience in the sector.She acts as an Advisor within SLCC’s Advisory Service and also runs webinars to support students in achieving their ILCA qualification.

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Yvonne Colverson, SLCC Advisor

Cast Your Vote!

The 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 AGM on Thursday 15th October.

The various categories of awards are:

  • New Clerk of the Year – presented to a clerk who has excelled in the early stages of their career. Nominees can be any clerk with less than three years’ service in the role (any clerk who entered the profession after 1st October 2016).
  • 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 clerk 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 clerk 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 clerk who has contributed the best article to The Clerk magazine in the preceding year (from October 1st 2019).
  • 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 2020 and 31st May 2021

Click here to submit your nominations.

We ask that you submit your nomination with a statement no longer than 300 words and complete it before the 18th September 2020.

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With thanks to the generous sponsors of the Virtual National Conference:

Came & Company Local Council Insurance are the generous sponsors of the Virtual National ConferenceBlachere Illuminations sponsor Community GovernanceCCLA sponsor the New Clerk Event