Update from spring board meeting & reminder about London branch seminar

We had our spring Board Meeting and it was a real pleasure to welcome Joanna Boaler (Eastern Region), Peter Forrester (North West) and James McLaughlin (Yorkshire & Humberside) to their first meetings. I’m very pleased with the current composition of the Board. They are a great team working on your behalf. Co-incidentally, we discussed succession … Continued

Congratulations and welcome to our learners, new training courses announced.

Many congratulations to Julia Stuckey from Mid Devon District Council  who has recently completed her ADSO Certificate and Karen Widdowson from Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council for achieving her Assessors Award. Well done to both of you. The ADSO qualifications go from strength to strength and we have recently inducted 24 learners on the new Certificate. We … Continued

Busy week for ADSO

Thanks to those who attended the Diploma learner day on Tuesday in Birmingham. I hope you found it helpful. I have mentioned previously that we are shortly about to embark on a review of the Diploma (as we have recently done for the Certificate) and I am very confident that we will have an even … Continued

My weekly update

I had the pleasure of representing ADSO at the Society of Local Authority Lawyers and Administrators (SOLAR) conference in Aberdeen last week from 15-17 March. I mentioned in previous bulletins that I was presenting a workshop on the role of democratic services officers in England and the ways in which you and your teams had … Continued

ADSO in Scotland and Birmingham

In keeping with our policy of providing ADSO members with as many development opportunities as possible, I have agreed to promote the following course run by one of our partner organisations, the Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC). This is a management leadership course offered at a discounted rate for ADSO members. Please go here … Continued

Working with others!

The ADSO Board place a lot of emphasis on partnership working with like minded organisations and we continue to look for opportunities to share the work of ADSO , represent and portray the views of our members.  I mentioned previously that we sponsored the recent Notwestminster conference for the second successive year. You may not … Continued

Share your work and initiatives with me!

The deadline for sponsorship applications for the IIMC Brussels symposium is close of play Tuesday 28th February so please e mail me urgently if you wish to be considered (john.austin@adso.co.uk). I am attending the SOLAR Conference in Aberdeen later in March on behalf of ADSO. They have asked me to run a workshop on ‘Democratic … Continued

Welcome to SW Councils

I am pleased to formally announce that South West Councils have been appointed to manage and administer the ADSO Certificate and ADSO Diploma. They have a wealth of experience in such qualifications and I know that they will help us develop both awards over the next couple of years or so. The new Certificate is … Continued


I start this week’s bulletin with congratulations to Victoria Rainsford from Wirral Council who has successfully completed her ADSO certificate. I met Victoria at the North West regional meeting in Preston on Friday and I know she is going on maternity leave soon. I’m sure you will all join me in sending her our best … Continued