National Conference 2021 Agenda

Tuesday 12 October


18.45 – 19.30

Exhibitor Opening Drinks

From 19.30

Outgoing Presidents Dinner

Wednesday 13 October


9.30 – 11.00

Delegate Registration

10.00 – 10.30 

Meeting of First Time Delegates
Conference 11

11.00 – 11.40

Conference Opening & Awards Ceremony
Paris Suite

11.45 – 12.45

 Keynote Session
The Rt Hon. The Lord Blunkett
Paris Suite

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)
Paris Suite

It’s Not Me, It’s You!
Becky Walsh, Personal Power Specialist,
Conference 11

Self-Assessment Toolkit for Community Councils
& an Update on the Introduction of GPoC
Kevin Griffiths, Head, Local Government Partnerships, Welsh Government
Conference 12

One-2-One Advisory Sessions

Careers Guidance Session

14.50 – 15.50

Connecting Communities
Deana Wildgoose, THINK FC
Paris Suite

Information Overload
Patricia Marks, Founder & CEO, Somerset Business Agency
Conference 11

Lighting to Fulfil your Climate Emergency Goals
Katherine Owen & Garry Brown, Blachere Illumination
Conference 12

One-2-One Advisory Sessions

Careers Guidance Session

15.50 – 16.20


16.20 – 16.50

SLCC Update
Rob Smith, Chief Executive, SLCC
Paris Suite

16.55 – 17.25

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

Local Council Developments in Wales
Lyn Cadwallader, Chief Executive, One Voice Wales (OVW)
Conference 12

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
Paris Suite

10.00 – 10.45

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

10.45 – 11.15


11.15 – 12.15

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

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
Paris Suite

One-2-One Advisory Sessions

13.50 – 14.45

The Big Jubilee Lunch
Tracey Robbins, Head of UK Delivery for the Eden Project Communities
Paris Suite

One-2-One Advisory Sessions

14.45 – 15.45

Self-Care for Changemakers
Anj Handa, Founder of Inspiring Women Changemakers
Paris Suite



Close of Conference

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