Branch Conference


Thursday 27th September 2018
9:00am to 4:30pm

Canalside Conference Centre, Middlewich 

Following the hugely successful event in 2017 we are delighted to present the second Cheshire SLCC Branch Conference, taking place in September 2018. Thinking about attending? Here are four  reasons you should:

  1. A great programme of training to help you in your role
  2. Opportunity to meet and network with fellow clerks
  3. Advice Surgeries on a number of topics
  4. Chance to meet exhibitors providing services to the sector

The outline programme is below. We are currently confirming the speakers for the last few sessions.Data Protection, Code of Conduct and Promoting your Council are plenary sessions. The remaining eight are breakout sessions.


(plus one more TBC)

2018 Conference Sessions

Data Protection: Practical Tips and Busting Myths  

Robert Foulke, SLCC Advisor

The Data Protection Act 2018 is fresh on the statute books; is it still a bit of a minefield, do you need reassuring that you’re following the rules? This session will provide practical tips and bust the myths around Data Protection.

Interests and Code of Conduct: How to advise Councillors 

Paul Hoey, Hoey Ainscough

We’ve got experts in Standards and the Code of Conduct, Hoey Ainscough, delivering a session to help clerks advise councillors on code of conduct issues and when they should be declaring what interests.

Promoting your Council                     

Facilitated Group Discussion

This session will focus on sharing best practice tips and tricks for engaging with your communities and promoting your councils.

Managing Risk: Open Spaces and Property 

Vicky Jacomb, Came and Company

From cemeteries to parks and village halls to offices there are a number of risks that need managing. Vicky provides so practical guidance to ensure that if the worst happens, your council is as protected as it can be.

It’s your Job: Hours, Evaluation and Pay            

Lis Moore FSLCC, Head of SLCC Advisory Services

The ALCC is negotiating revised clerk profiles to coincide with the major changes to payscales for 2019; Lis will provide an update on this work as well as providing practical advice on how to put the case forward for additional hours and job evaluation.

Digital Clerks                                                              

Adam Keppel-Green PSLCC, Knutsford Town Council

“Don’t work harder, work smarter” this session will take you on a tour of different software and apps to help make a clerks life easier.

Working in Partnership with Principal Councils 

Andrew Tubb, NALC

Find out how we can work more effectively in partnership with our borough councils through the recently launched NALC/LGA guide.


Steve Parkinson, Parkinson Partnership

From small contracts to large building projects the chances are all councils will be involved with procurement at some stage. Steve Parkinson helps ensure you get it right.

Preparing Budgets 

Steve Parkinson, Parkinson Partnership

The end of the year is budget setting season and Steve leads a second session on how to get it right and ensure your finances are governed by an effective budget.