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The ChALC Board is made up of:

  • Twelve individuals nominated by Local Councils (with no more than six nominations from any Principal Authority Area), voted for by representatives attending the Annual Meeting and elected to serve a four year term;
  • A Chairman and a Deputy Chairman from above;
  • A President and up to three Vice-Presidents nominated by the Executive Board and confirmed by the Annual Meeting;
  • One representative appointed by each Partner Organisations including (but not exclusively) Cheshire West and Chester Council; Cheshire East Council, Cheshire Community Action and the Society of Local Council Clerks;
  • The Chief Officer of ChALC.

Each year 1/4 of the Board retires and the Annual Meeting votes for their preferred candidates. There is no barrier to an outgoing member standing for a further term of office (4 years). The membership is notified annually of who is standing down and who has been nominated.

Our Current Board Members
Brian Kerr – ChALC President
Cllr Brian Kerr OBE – ChALC President
Saughall & Shotwick Park Parish Council

A member of Saughall & Shotwick Park Parish Council for 45 years. Continuous member of ChALC Management Board since 1994. Chairman 1996 to 2000 when I was elected Chairman of NALC and served in that capacity for 5 years. Elected President of the Association in October 2010.

Frank Walton
Frank Walton – ChALC Vice President

I became involved in Local Government when I was appointed Clerk to Cranage Parish in 1954 (at a Salary of £12 per year) a position I held for 54 years. During that time I was also Clerk to 3 other Parish Councils. I also helped out at other P C s when needed.

I was elected to Congleton R.D.C. in 1970 and under re-organisation in 1974 I became the first Mayor of the new Congleton Borough Council. In 1981 I was elected to Cheshire County Council but did not seek re-election in 1989.

I joined the Association at the same time that Jackie was appointed Chief Officer (or whatever the position was called in those days) becoming a Vice President a few years ago. Ill health has prevented me from attending meetings during the last 12 months but I still take an interest in what is going on.

Lesley Smetham Full
Cllr Lesley Smetham – ChALC Vice President
Cheshire East Council

My husband, David and I lived in Bedfordshire, moved to Belgium for four years, then back to Bedfordshire, before coming to Cheshire in 1985 with my husband's work.

I became a Gawsworth Parish Councillor in 1999 and then a Cheshire East Councillor in the shadow year following boundary changes in 2008. Former Mayor 2018-2019, Cheshire East Borough Council; Vice-President, ChALC (Cheshire Association of Local Councils); Vice-President, CCA (Cheshire Community Action); Former Director, Orbitas Bereavment Service; Director, Macclesfield Sillk Heritage Trust

Terry O'Neill
Cllr Terry O'Neill – ChALC Chair
Helsby Parish Council

Professional engineer who worked in the Electricity Supply Industry for 36 years both in the U.K. at Fiddler's Ferry and Yallourn, Australia. Part of the team who were awarded the ROSPA Sir George Earle trophy. New Connection Business Manager – £57m budget, 120 staff ROSPA Gold Award winners (East Midlands Electricity). Parish Councillor for 20 years, Chairman 4 times. Chairman of Village Plan and Neighbourhood Plan Group. Ex footballer and rugby player who has been involved with Helsby Community Club from 1965 – originally as a player and now as Chairman. Instrumental and successful in attempts to get a new club built in 2020 (Frodsham Forward). School Governor at Helsby High School and Hillside Primary School. Executive member of ChALC, former Finance Chair and Vice Chair and ChALC Chair since 2021.

Alan Bailey
Cllr Alan Bailey
Saughall and Shotwick Park Parish Council

Resident of Saughall in Chester for the last 45 years. My career as a Police Officer took me all over Cheshire until I retired after 31 years' service, re-training as a Financial Consultant for a further 17 years before retiring in 2016. I have been involved with many local community organisations for over 40 years, before becoming a Parish Councillor. Former Chair at Saughall & Shotwick Park Parish Council. I have served a total of 16 years as a Councillor. I was co-opted onto ChALC in 2020.

Lillian Burns
Cllr Lillian Burns
Prestbury Parish Council

Councillor Lillian Burns represents the Cheshire Association of Local Councils (ChALC) on the National Assembly of the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) where she is the vice chair of the national Policy Committee. She also serves on NALC's Smaller Councils Committee and its governance task and finish group. An independent parish councillor since 1999, she has served on the ChALC board since 2004.

A journalist by training, Lillian has focused on voluntary planning policy work for town and parish councils and for the third sector since the mid 1990s.

John Cornell
Cllr John Cornell
Weston & Basford Parish Council

Key Skills – Planning and the Environment, thorough working knowledge of Local Government at every level, people management, interpersonal and communication skills.

Steve Jones
Cllr Stephen Jones
Plumley with Toft and Bexton Parish Council

Steve Jones, Councillor at Plumley with Toft and Bexton Parish Council. Has led on road safety, speed limits and Pilot scheme for Average Speed Cameras. Former Chief Executive of large Unitary Councils and portfolio career in property development, Health, Management Consulting and Mentoring. Chairman of a Charity which supports people with physical and learning disabilities and Non-Executive Director of companies providing business and IT services to rapidly growing organisations.

David Rowlands
Cllr David Rowlands – Chair of Finance Committee
Mickle Trafford Parish Council

I am a long standing Board member and chair the Finance Committee.
I am a Mickle Trafford Parish Councillor and a former Chester City and Cheshire County Councillor.
I farm in partnership with my wife and son, and am an active member of several Rural interest groups.
I am a School Governor, and a Trustee of the Oldfield Educational Trust.

Colin Todd
Cllr Colin Todd
Willaston Parish Council

I have spent many years in various leadership and management roles and following my retirement I joined my local Parish Council so that I could make use of the skills I had developed in a different challenging environment.

My key skills include: Leadership, team working, communication and listening, problem- solving, decision-making, strategic thinking, negotiating, and having a positive can-do attitude.

Kay Wesley
Cllr Kay Wesley
Congleton Town Council

I am a Town Councillor in Congleton and also Chief Executive of an international digital company working in the healthcare sector, Kanga Health Ltd. My chief area of interest and expertise is Equality Diversity and Inclusion – I am on Cheshire Police EDEI Board and the CEDSAP Board, and a Trustee of Congleton Pride as well as branch leader of the Women's Equality Party. I am also involved in green issues especially community engagement around carbon emission reduction and biodiversity.

Julie Eastty
Cllr Julie Eastty
Rixton with Glazebrook Parish Council

A financial services professional with over 35 years experience, working with government, voluntary and or local community / interest groups – social services, the police, debt advice agencies, support agencies (the Samaritans, MIND), schools, and national regulators.

I was co-opted to Rixton with Glazebrook Parish council one year ago and was recently co-opted to the ChALC Board.

Keith Gilby
Cllr Keith Gilby
Cholmondeston & Wettenhall Parish Council

Currently Chair of Wettenhall & Cholmondeston Parish Council.

Originally from the south east, but I've lived in Cheshire for 31 years and consider myself a naturalised and proud northerner. Married with one Son. I enjoy all forms of motorsport, and classic cars/motorcycles. A semi retired former business owner, and keen follower of politics.

Steve Edgar
Cllr Steven Edgar
Cheshire East Representative

Steven Edgar, Cheshire East Councillor for Haslington Ward and member of 4 local Parish Councils. I sit on the Strategic Planning Board and am Chair of the Haslington Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group.

Outside of local government I am a keen genealogist and allotment holder.

Mike Jones
Cllr Mike Jones
Cheshire West and Chester Representative

Mike Jones has had a successful career in the Utilities sector, holding senior roles in Manweb, Scottish Power, Transco and Skanska. With experience in developing strategy and implementing radical business and cultural change in large and complex organisations, supported by leading edge technology to deliver business performance improvements, including profitability and shareholder value. Mike is currently involved in the Telecommunications industry building optical fibre networks across the UK.

Mike was elected as a Councillor for Chester City, representing the Tattenhall Ward in 1992 and was Lord Mayor in 2005/06. Mike was elected as the representative of Tattenhall for the new council and was elected as the first leader of Cheshire West and Chester, creating the council in 2008 and won the UK's best council award in 2015. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical Engineers and the Chartered Institute of Management and a Member of the Institute of Directors.

John Heselwood
John Heselwood
Cheshire Community Action Representative

John is a representative of Cheshire Community Action, where he has worked since 2006 and brings experience and expertise in helping communities understand their housing needs, produce neighbourhood plans, manage and develop their community buildings and he has worked on a wide range of community led initiatives, including community led housing. John is passionate about empowering communities to protect and improve the places and spaces that are important them.

Adam Keppel-Green
Society of Local Council Clerks Representative

Adam serves on the board as the representative of the Cheshire Branch of the Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC). Working in the sector since 2012, he is Town Clerk at Knutsford Town Council and Clerk to Gawsworth Parish Council and was the 2021 NALC Clerk of the Year. He also serves on the board of SLCC and is the Training Officer for the Cheshire SLCC. Adam is a Fellow member of the SLCC holding the Community Governance Foundation Degree and currently working to complete the BA.

Jackie Weaver
Jackie Weaver
Chief Officer ChALC

As head of our small dedicated team I have key responsibilities for delivering training and promoting the interests of town and parish councils within the Cheshire, Warrington and Halton area.

My key skills are providing face to face; telephone and e-mail advice and guidance to our member councils.  Key areas of support are as a professional counsellor and qualified mediator.

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