Sue Baxter, NALC National Panel Chairman, will be the keynote speaker at the ChALC Annual Meeting on 20th October 2021. Sue will be reflecting on the highlights – and lowlights – of the last 5 years, and talking about the challenges facing the sector moving forwards.
Cllr Baxter was elected as NALC's first female chairman in December 2016 and is Chair of Wythall Parish Council and a member of neighbouring Alvechurch Parish Council, both in Worcestershire. She is also an independent member of Bromsgrove District Council.
Sue believes that local people understand the needs of their area best and by making decisions about the services they value, they can build stronger and thriving communities.
ChALC is delighted that our very own Jackie Weaver has been confirmed as one of the three headliners at this year's NALC Conference. Jackie will be joining Mick King (Local Government and Public Services Ombudsman), and Lord Evans (Committee on Standards in Public Life) who
will centre around three main themes; NALC's #MakeAChange campaign and diversity, public services, and civility and standards.
Jackie became an overnight viral sensation early in 2021 when footage of a council meeting, where she was standing in for the clerk, was shared extensively across social media. A trained counsellor, her calm approach and no-nonsense sensibility in the face of a difficult meeting has been much applauded and admired and – when not working as the ChALC Chief Officer – she continues to share her advice and wisdom across the airwaves and digital spectrum. Jackie is also an ambassador for Compassion in Politics .
Future Communities 2021 which takes place on 2 December 2021, will focus on why local (parish and town) councils are pivotal to building back stronger and better and shaping thriving, resilient future communities.
The ChALC Staff Team are really excited that ChALC has been named a finalist in the National Association of Local Council's (NALC) Star Council Awards 2021.
We are in the running for the County Association Project of the Year award. This is for the work we did last year to capture and showcase the amazing stories from local councils responding to the challenges of Covid-19.
In addition, ChALC is absolutely delighted that Adam Keppel-Green, clerk, Knutsford Town Council and Chris Shaw, clerk Northwich Town Council are finalists for the Clerk of the Year award, and that Cllr Nathan Pardoe, Mayor, Winsford Town Council is a finalist for the Young Councillor of the Year award.
Please see here for the full list of finalists and to read their entries.
The winners and runners-up for the Awards will be announced at an online ceremony in October.