The Regional contact for the North East and Yorkshire & Humberside:
Name: James McLaughlin
Authority: Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
REGIONAL NETWORK MEETING – Friday 14 December 2018
The next regional network meeting will take place on Friday 14 December at York City Council’s offices – West Offices, Station Rise, York Y01 6GA
Agenda Papers for the meeting can be found here –
ADSO NEYH Regional Network Agenda_2018-12-14
Agenda items include:-
- Life after Democratic Services as an NHS Trust Secretary – Matthew Kane (Associate Director – Corporate Affairs and Trust Secretary at Sheffield Children’s Hospital)
Life as an NHS Trust Secretary
- National ADSO Developments – John Austin (ADSO Chair)
- Regional Training and Development – what would Members wish to see provided regionally
- Workshop Discussion – Overview and Scrutiny
- Regional Good Practice – how can we better share and learn from the good work that we do
#NotWestminster – 15 & 16 February 2019
Local democracy enthusiasts from across the country will be assembling in Huddersfield on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 February 2019 for #NotWestminster. ADSO has been proud to sponsor this event for the last few years.
It is a free event which includes workshops, quick-fire talks, practical activities and conversations with a variety of people outside of the local government bubble. Attendees should expect to be asked to do something to make local democracy better!
If you can’t make it, but you are interested, you can follow from afar through #NotWestminster on social media.
It is great that this event is held in our region, so please get involved.
REGIONAL NETWORK MEETING – Friday 21 September 2018
A regional meeting was held in York on Friday 21 September 2018, where Members received a great presentation from Carl Whistlecraft, Head of Democracy at Kirklees MBC on the work of the Kirklees Democracy Commission.
A further presentation was delivered by James McLaughlin, Head of Democratic Services at Rotherham MBC on ‘The Rotherham Story’. This presentation detailed the improvement journey, the complex governance implications associated with government intervention and the role of Democratic Services.
The real highlight of the meeting came from John Lynch who shared his experiences and funny stories from his lifetime of service in Democratic Services. One of the key things that came out of John’s talk was the need to look for opportunities and exploit them for the benefit of Democratic Services. Members found John’s insights both amusing and valuable.
The next regional meeting will be held in York on Friday 14 December 2018.
Developing the ADSO Regional Network
I am keen to enable ADSO Members to get more involved in the association’s activities at a local and regional level. Given the geographical spread of the region from Sheffield to Northumberland, it won’t always be feasible for Members to make regional meetings regularly.
I would welcome thoughts on developing county networks underneath the regional network. If these arrangements are already established, then it would be really good to hear about these.