Practitioners’ Conference 2022 Agenda

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Tuesday 15 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
Rob Smith, SLCC Chief Executive, Philip Peacock FSLCC, SLCC President, Jane Biscombe PSLCC, Clerk to Weymouth Town Council, followed by Elisabeth Skinner MBE FSLCC, SLCC Academic Leader & Blachere Illumination

10:30 – 11:30

The Power of Community
Shahin Sadafi, Entrepreneur, Inspirational Speaker, Grenfell Survivor & Founding chairman of Grenfell United

11:50 – 12:30

Digital Levelling Up – Working Smarter Using Microsoft 365
David Hall, Managing Director, CloudyIT, Conference Sponsor
and Linda Chandler Industry Executive, Local and Regional Government, Microsoft

13:15 – 14:00

Civility and Respect Project Update
Michelle Moss, Civility and Respect Project Manager

14:30 – 15:30

GDPR (Subject Access Requests)
Sarah Jeffries, SLCC Advisor and SLCC Induction Support Officer

How to Market your Parish to Attract Visitors
Becky Walsh, Personal Power Specialist,

VAT: The Basics and Making VAT Digital
Jake Mee, CEO to South Swindon Parish Council


Unfortunately, due to speaker illness, the VAT: The Basics and Making VAT Digital session at 2.30pm today has been cancelled.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused and hope that you are able to join us on another session.

16:00 – 17:00

Getting the Best from your Councillors
Lesley Swinbank FSLCC, SLCC Professional Development Officer

Lighting Up Time
– Experiences of a Small Parish in Upgrading their Street Lighting
Mark Hunter FSLCC, Clerk to Chelveston Parish Council

Tackling Poverty through Partnership
Sam Scotchbrook, Partnerships Support Officer Advice in County Durham Partnership and Scott McInally, Assistant Assessment and Awards Manager Durham County Council

17:15 – 17:45

Self-Compassion Practice
Annie Knapman, Yoga, Mindfulness and Relaxation Teacher

Wednesday 16 February

All sessions apply to England & Wales unless specified otherwise


10:00 – 11:00

Open Space Management
Roger Taylor, Consultant at Wellers Hedleys

11:30 – 12:30

Risk Assessments – Getting the Fundamentals Right and
Health and Safety Made Easy
Emily Hobbins, Senior Auditor, SWAP and Andy Moss, Health and Safety Consultant, Norfolk County Council

How Melksham’s Apprenticeship Programme Works for the Town Council and the Community
Linda Roberts FSLCC, Clerk to Melksham Town Council and
Jamie Saddler, Senior Adviser (Workforce) and Apprenticeships Adviser, Local Government Association (LGA)

Qualifications Workshop
Elisabeth Skinner MBE FSLCC, Academic Leader, Johnathan Bourne FSLCC, Community Governance Module Tutor, Sue Hobbs FSLCC, Module & Personal Tutor: Community Governance and Pauline Whitehead FSLCC, Personal Tutor and Module Tutor

13:00 – 14:00

Understanding the Public Sector Procurement Process
Patricia Marks, Founder and CEO, Somerset Business Agency

Levelling Up Locally
Philip Clifford, Senior Advisor, Local Government Association (LGA)

Member Induction: Supporting New (and Returning) Councillors
Mark Galbraith, SLCC Wales Policy Liaison Officer and Clerk to Llanelli Rural Council


New Clerk Introduction: Getting The Basics Right
Yvonne Colverson FSLCC, SLCC Senior Advisor and Induction Support Officer

Get Ready for the Changes in Wales
Kevin Griffiths, Head of Local Government Partnerships, Welsh Government
Wales Only

Acas: Behaviours at Work, your Rights and Responsibilities
David Campbell, South West Publicity Manager, ACAS
and Michael Gardner, Senior Advisor, ACAS

16:00 – 17:00

Play Must Stay
Mark Hardy, Chairman, Association of Play Industries (API)

19:00 – 20:00

CloudyIT Big Fat Council Quiz of the Year
David Hall, Managing Director, CloudyIT – Conference Sponsor

Thursday 17 February

All sessions apply to England & Wales unless specified otherwise


10:00 – 11:00

Time Management
Patricia Marks, Founder and CEO, Somerset Business Agency

Allotment Association – Self-Management for Councils
Liz Bunting, Legal and Operations Manager, The National Allotment Society

Contracts and Employment
Ian Smith, SLCC National Employment Advisor

11:30 – 12:30

The Past, the Present and the Future
Mike Attenborough-Cox, Smaller Authorities Audits and Appointments (SAAA) Chairman


How to be Assertive and Learn to Say No!
Mia Neupauerova, People Management Training and Coaching

Statutory Training Plans for Welsh Councils and
Preparing your Council for Hybrid Meetings with CloudyIT and Industry Partners
Elisabeth Skinner MBS FSLCC, Academic Leader, Kevin Griffiths, Head of Local Government Partnerships, Welsh Government and David Hall, Managing Director, Mia Legner and Katrine Kvanvik Eriksen, Decisions, Edward Orchard, Logitech and Kathryn Charles Neath Town Council
Wales Only

13:00 – 14:00

Local Council Memorial Administration and Safer Burial Grounds
Alan Fairchild MBE, FSLCC, Honorary Vice President
and Philip Potts, British Register of Accredited Memorial Masons (BRAMM)

Medium to Large Council Networking
Helen Ball FSLCC, Clerk to Shrewsbury Town Council

Small to Medium Council Networking
Katie Walding PSLCC, Clerk to Sway Parish Council

14:30 – 15:30

Building Resilience and Protecting Self-esteem
Becky Walsh, Personal Power Specialist,

Neighbourhood Planning – Taking a Different View
Faye LeBon, Clerk to Poringland Parish Council

15:40 – 16:40

How to Make Critical Decisions when the Stakes are High
Andrew Pain, Leadership Coach & Keynote Speaker

16:40 – 16:50

Summary and Thank you
Rob Smith, SLCC Chief Executive and Philip Peacock PSLCC, SLCC President

Please note: If you have booked to attend this conference, you will be required to register for each session before the event begins.

Practitioners’ Conference 2022 is generously sponsored by CloudyIT.

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