National Conference 2021 Agenda

Wednesday 13 October


9.30 – 11.00

Delegate Registration

10.00 – 10.30 

Meeting of First Time Delegates

11.00 – 11.40

Conference Opening & Awards Ceremony

11.45 – 12.45

 Keynote Session
The Rt Hon. The Lord Blunkett

One-2-One Advisory Sessions

12.45 – 13.40


13.40 – 14.40

Helping Parish & Town Councils Access Apprenticeships
Jamie Saddler, Senior Adviser (Workforce) & Apprenticeships Adviser,
Local Government Association (LGA)

It’s Not Me, It’s You!
Becky Walsh, Personal Power Specialist,

One-2-One Advisory Sessions

Careers Guidance Session

14.50 – 15.50

Connecting Communities
Deana Wildgoose, THINK FC

Exciting session coming soon!

Lighting to Fulfil your Climate Emergency Goals
Katherine Owen & Garry Brown, Blachere Illumination

One-2-One Advisory Sessions

Careers Guidance Session

15.50 – 16.20


16.20 – 16.50

An SLCC Update
Rob Smith, Chief Executive, SLCC

16.55 – 17.25

Councils at the Heart of Future Communities
Sue Baxter, Chairman, National Association of Local Councils (NALC)

Local Council Developments in Wales
Lyn Cadwallader, Chief Executive, One Voice Wales (OVW)

One-2-One Advisory Sessions

19.00 – 19.30

Pre-Dinner Drinks


Incoming President’s Dinner

Thursday 14 October


8.30 – 9.00

Registration & Refreshments

9.00 – 10.00 

Freedom Of Information Requests – The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
Jonathan Goolden, Partner & Emma Hastings-Bray, Regulatory Solicitor for Wilkin Chapman LLP

10.00 – 10.45

Engaging with Principal Authorities to Facilitate Devolution
Philip Clifford, Senior Advisor, Local Government Association (LGA)

10.45 – 11.15


11.15 – 12.15

The ‘5 P’s’ of Public Leadership
Steven Griggs, De Montfort University (DMU)

12.15 – 13.15


13.15 – 13.45

Update from the Civility Group
Rob Smith, SLCC Chief Executive, Linda Larter MBE FSLCC, Clerk to Sevenoaks TC,
Steve Trice, Clerk to Haywards Heath TC & SLCC Chairman and Lee Dunkley FSLCC, Clerk to St Agnes PC

One-2-One Advisory Sessions

14.00 – 14.45

Exciting session coming soon!

One-2-One Advisory Sessions

14.45 – 15.45

Exciting session coming soon!


Close of Conference

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