Weekly message from Susan Biddle, Director of Training

Hi everyone and greetings from sunny south London.  This last few weeks I’ve been completely immersed in the London Mayor’s rapid review of the aims in his Health Inequalities Strategy.  I ran an event on social prescribing last week and one on supporting homeless people after hospital stays this week.  Obviously fascinating topics but also … Continued

Weekly message from the Chair, John Austin

I hope you are all getting some of the sunny weather we currently have in the north west. Having said that, I’m travelling to London today to attend a Lawyers in Local Government Stakeholders’ event so I hope it’s as good down there. The event is a really good opportunity to build relationships with organisations … Continued

Weekly message from Wayne Chandai, Director of Communications

Below are some events over the next few weeks that i wanted to remind members about, there are also places still available on our training courses, Just a Minute, Law and Practice and Working in a Political Environment. ADSO London Branch – Summer Seminar 5th July The ADSO London Branch Summer Seminar is taking place … Continued

Weekly message from Pete Savage, Company Secretary

As I write this (before the first round ballot unfortunately) the race to find a new Prime Minister is hotting up. Candidates are setting out their respective stalls and we will soon get to know what the collective priorites are. At this stage Brexit, tax cuts and budget proposals seem to be leading the way, … Continued

Weekly message from Director of Finance, John Lynch

John Austin and myself spent an enjoyable day at Chichester DC this week running a training session for their Members and Officers on Executive Arrangements and Declarations of Interests.  As the Council is in No Overall Control it will be interesting times for all.  If any other authorities would like help either with training or … Continued

Weekly message from Vice Chair, Dave Burn

I am sure a number of you having recovered from the joys of a last minute election are now, with that distraction out of the way, back to ensuring that your newly elected members are inducted and able to hit the ground running. These are busy times and highlight the range of tasks that we … Continued

Weekly message from John Austin, Chair

I hope you are all enjoying some glorious weather wherever you are. John Lynch, Pete Savage and I are spending 3 days in the Cotswolds playing golf. I can say without doubt that the weather is significantly better than the quality of our play – but that wouldn’t be too difficult! The programme for conference … Continued

Weekly update from Wayne Chandai, Director of Communications

Last week was Municipal’s Clerks Week and after seeing the IIMC proclamation document, Democratic Services colleagues at Birmingham City Council approached the Lord Mayor to ask if she would sign it.  Not only did she sign it, but she invited the Democratic Services team of clerks/meeting managers to her suite for coffee and cakes and … Continued

Weekly update from Susan Biddle, Director of Training

For those of you who experienced elections last week I hope they went well and that the Bank Holiday enabled you to relax and re-charge your batteries a bit.  It’s lovely to have the clutch of bank holidays around this time of year, provides so many opportunities for ‘improving’ activities such as enhancing the garden … Continued

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