National Conference 2019

2nd & 3rd October 2019, Jurys Inn, Hinckley Island Hotel, Leicestershire

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

A closer look at your sessions....

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.

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Full and Past Service Members are invited to attend the AGM which will take place on the 1st October at 16.45pm in the Lakeside Suite at Jurys Inn Hinckley Island.


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.

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?

Ian Burbidge from the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), Max Wide FRSA from ComGov Think Tank, the Community Governance teaching team and Johnathan Bourne FSLCC from 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

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.

National Conference is generously sponsored by Came & Company Local Council Insurance

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