This was our 10th Annual Conference and we are delighted to say that it was another great event. Over 150 delegates attended the two days in Nottingham and were able to network with colleagues as part of the facilitated discussions and workshops and more informally during the drinks reception and dinner.

We heard from a wide range of speakers, moving from hearing about the implications of Brexit for Local Government in one session to learning about the 149 and Glimpse of Brilliance techniques in the next! We had a great panel for our Question Time event which was well chaired by Peter Stanyon from the AEA and provided a wide range of views in response to questions from the audience.


A particular highlight was the annual Awards evening and I was really pleased to welcome 21 learners onto the stage to collect their certificates from the Sheriff of Nottingham, having completed their qualification over the last year. It is worth noting that there were another 34 learners who had achieved their qualification but were unable to attend conference.


We would like to say well done to Chris Ward from Aylesbury Vale who recognised as Learner of the Year. Congratulations also go to the London Borough of Sutton who won the Team of the Year award and to the London Borough of Brent who were highly commended. We also managed to raise £448 for the Mayor’s charity from a raffle held during the dinner.

Finally a huge thank you to all the delegates, speakers and sponsors who took part in the conference.

Here are some of the materials from the conference

updated conference programme 2018

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Speaker’s Biographies

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Facilitated Discussion_ GDPR and DPA 2018 and elected members

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Facilitated Discussion_ Electoral Reviews

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Facilitated discussion_ Scrutiny of External Partners

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Faiclitated Discussion – Facilities and Support for independent Members

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Workshop 1 – Monitoring Officer – John Austin-Phillip Horsfield

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Workshop 2 Handling difficult conversations – Sam Dyer

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Workshop 3 Members Behaving Badly – Paul Hoey

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Workshop 3 Scenarios handout

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Workshop 4 – You be the judge – Simon Goacher [Compatibility Mode]

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Workshop 5 The Northamptonshire Story – Paul Hanson

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Workshop 7 – Road to West Suffolk

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Workshop 8 Member Development The Essex Story.

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Highlights from last year


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