Practitioners’ Conference 2021 Agenda

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Tuesday 23rd February

All sessions apply to England & Wales unless specified otherwise


09.30 – 10.00

Welcome to the Virtual Practitioners’ Conference including the Community Governance Awards
Linda Larter MBE FSLCC, SLCC President, Michael King, SLCC Chairman, Rob Smith, SLCC Chief Executive, Jane Biscombe FSLCC, Clerk to Weymouth Town Council, followed by Elisabeth Skinner MBE FSLCC, SLCC Academic Leader & Blachere Illuminations

10:30 – 11:30

The Importance of Mental Health Self Care
Ken Hancott, Motivation, Positivity Training, Coaching & Therapy

11:40 – 12:40

Looking to 2021 with an Eye on Responsible Investment
Mark Davies, CCLA Relationship Manager, Local Government & Kelly Watson, CCLA Relationship Manager

13:00 – 14:00

Parish & Town Councils Toolkit
Deborah Evans, LLG Chief Executive, John Austin, ADSO Chair & Paul Hoey, Co-Director Hoey Ainscough Associates Ltd

14:20 – 15:20

Medium Council Networking
Lee Dunkley FSLCC, Clerk to St Agnes Parish Council & Jane Biscombe FSLCC, Clerk to Weymouth Town Council

Northampton Town Council – The Story So Far
Richard Walden, Acting Town Clerk for Northampton Town Council

ILCA & CiLCA Qualifications Workshop
Lesley Swinbank FSLCC, SLCC Professional Development Officer

15:40 – 16:40

You know more than you think you know, just as you know less
than you want to know
Johnathan Bourne BA(Hons) PGCAP FHEA FSLCC, Module Tutor, Community Governance

Managing Burial Ground Memorials
Alan Fairchild MBE, FSLCC, SLCC Honorary Vice President

17:00 – 17:30

Mindfulness Taster Session
Annie Knapman, Yoga, Mindfulness & Relaxation Teacher

Wednesday 24th February

All sessions apply to England & Wales unless specified otherwise


10:00 – 11:00

Values & Purpose at Work
Suki K Bassi, Chief Happiness Officer, HappyMaven

11:30 – 12:30

Ramblers, Don’t Lose Your Way
Jack Cornish, Programme Manager, The Ramblers

Creating Positive Content For Social Media and Managing Negativity
Sam Flynn, Managing Director, Sam Flynn Social Media

13:00 – 14:00

Unleashing Community Power
Paul Morgan, Devon and Cornwall Police / Trustee, C2 Communities

Climate Emergency: Easy wins and practical actions for local councils
Rachel Coxcoon, Programme Director, Climate Emergency Support

14:30 – 15:30

Diversity, not so Black & White
Becky Walsh, Personal Power Specialist, 

Small Council Networking
Katie Walding PSLCC, Sway Parish Council

Join Kelly, Jamie and Mark for a gossip about current events over a much-needed cuppa
Mark Davies, CCLA Relationship Manager, Local Government, Kelly Watson, CCLA Relationship Manager & Jamie Charters, Sales Support & Administration Manager

19:00 – 20:00

How to taste Prosecco & Sparkling Wine …like a Pro!
Lesley Swinbank FSLCC, Wine Connoisseur since 1970 and Linda Larter MBE FSLCC & Wine Superfan

Thursday 25th February

All sessions apply to England & Wales unless specified otherwise


10:00 – 11:00

“Do you have grave concerns?” – an overview on cemetery management and compliance
Sofia Allana, Technical Services and Journal Officer, Institute of Cemetery & Crematorium Management

Community Engagement: Food for Thought?
Elisabeth Skinner MBE FSLCC, SLCC Academic Leader, Dominic Stapleton FSLCC, Community Governance Assistant Course Leader & Community Governance Students: Stacey Worden PSLCC, Elaine Brown PSLCC, Tina Crookes & Lara Jacob

11:30 – 12:30

Grant Applications: How to Increase Your Chances of Success
Ian Morell, Development Manager, @65 High Street


Markets Supporting the High Street
David Preston FSLCC, NABMA Chief Executive

Update from the Advisory Service
Yvonne Colverson FSLCC, Senior Advisor & Induction Support Officer

13:00 – 14:00

Finance – Getting Ready for Year End
Lisa Roberts PSLCC, SLCC Advisor

14:30 – 15:30

Why Plan for an Emergency?
Patricia Marks, Somerset Business Agency

Accessibility in Office: The Fundamental Accessibility Considerations Creating Accessible Word & Excel Documents
Adam Tweed, Service Development Manager, AbilityNet

An Optimistic Story of Resilience, Change & Courage to Make Life Altering Decisions
Matt Ellison, Motivational Speaker

16:40 – 16:50

Summary & Thank you
Linda Larter MBE FSLCC, SLCC President & Rob Smith, SLCC Chief Executive,

Please note: If you have booked to attend this conference, you will be required to register for each session before the event begins. A delegate pack will be emailed to you before the conference containing the registration links and the session recordings will be emailed to you after the conference.

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