Hope you are enjoying the August break, if lucky enough!

I hope everyone is enjoying the August break, traditionally this is the quieter period of the year so hope you can take advantage and catch up and do all those things on the “to do list”. Whether you are in work or taking leave i hope you manage to enjoy the good (ish) weather. Annual … Continued

Weekly update from the Chair.

Many congratulations to Fiona Hubbard from Wellingborough Council for completing her ADSO certificate. Well done Fiona  and I hope you can get to conference in November to receive your award in person. A couple of authorities have contacted me recently asking whether ADSO could be involved in the apprenticeship scheme and levy, particularly through our … Continued

Enjoy the summer break!

I previously advised that Matt Kane had resigned from his role as regional representative in the East Midlands. At the July meeting, the ADSO Board expressed their thanks to Matt for his great service to the association. We have decided to delay seeking his permanent replacement until after the summer holidays. If you are interested, … Continued

Weekly update from the Chair

Congratulations to Katie Nellist from the Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Authority who has just completed her ADSO certificate. Well done Katie. We hope to see you receive your award at conference in November. Conference bookings are now open at the early bird rate. The response so far has been encouraging and thanks to those who … Continued

Can we help?

I have had a couple of requests for information from Northern Ireland and Scotland. Firstly, Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council currently award Freedom of the Borough status and is considering introducing an ‘Honorary Citizen’ award. They have asked ADSO if any of our member Councils have done anything similar. Please complete this questionnaire extension: docx … Continued

Recent news from the Chair

Congratulations to Sharon Griffin from Central Bedfordshire Council for successfully completing her ADSO Certificate. Well done Sharon! The early bird bookings for the conference in November are now open. If you are booking accommodation at the Doubletree hotel, please use the “group code” ADSO17 when making your reservation. Otherwise you may be told that there … Continued

Thanks to Matt, East Midlands Board Member

I am sorry to say that Matt Kane, regional representative from the East Midlands, has resigned from that post. Some of you will know that Matt moved into the NHS last year and the pressure of his new role has meant that he understandably has not been able to devote the time he would like … Continued

Update on conference and West Midlands regional meeting

I’m pleased to say that the arrangements for this year’s annual conference are progressing well. It will be held once again at the Doubletree Hilton in Nottingham on 23 and 24th November, with the dinner on the night of the 23rd. The theme is ‘Democratic Services – Shaping the Future”. Following on from last year, … Continued

Help with council meeting procedures

I hope you are enjoying some good weather. I have posted a request on the members’ forum for good flowcharts for council meeting procedures such as amendments, motions, call-ins etc. This is to support ADSO’s work with a local authority. If you think you have any that you can share, please either post them on … Continued