Alan Fairchild MBE, FSLCC, Honorary Vice-President of Society of Local Council Clerks
Having spent more than 40 years as a local council clerk and responsible financial officer to a number of rural and a large urban council on the fringe of Norwich, Alan has gained an extensive understanding of parish and town council administration across a wide range of council operated and funded local services.
A founder member, president and now an honorary vice-president of the Society of Local Council Clerks he has been a national advisor and tutor on cemetery and churchyard management as well as local council meetings and procedures to clerks and councillors in Norfolk and other counties for many years.
Charlotte works in a freelance capacity advising parish councils and charities on charity governance matters. She also does charity and CIO (charitable incorporated organisation) registrations, strategic planning sessions, project evaluations, terms of reference, policies and terms of delegation.
Charlotte worked as a Development Officer at Community Action Norfolk (CAN) for seven years, where she developed a particular interest in charity governance matters especially in the relationship between parish and town councils and charities, where tensions can arise due to lack of clarity around trustee roles and responsibilities. Her role as a company secretary for a national charity, further developed her knowledge of governance.
Chris Moses holds a Masters Degree in Employment Law, with Distinction, from Leicester University. He is also a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and has over twenty years front line HR experience.
He is recognised by the UK's major supermarkets to conduct audits of their suppliers' employment practices under the Ethical Trading Initiative, and has extensive experience helping businesses to meet these standards.
In addition he has over fifteen years experience of helping small Councils to comply with their legal obligations as Employers.
Chris runs his own company, Personnel Advice & Solutions Ltd.
Michael Rayner has been involved with planning issues since the early 1990s when he helped to form the Battlefields Trust, and dealt with planning matters for the following 20 years. He has worked closely with Historic England, currently as a member of its Expert Advisory Group. Since 2017 he has worked as a Planning Consultant largely for CPRE Norfolk, and also for Parish Councils and various individual clients. Michael is also a Parish Councillor within Breckland district.
Nicki Williamson is a qualified trainer, hypnotherapist and NLP Practitioner with over 15 years experience in mental health. Nicki is the founder of The Wellbeing People. Based in Norfolk, The Wellbeing People offer an extensive range of services designed to encourage and maintain ongoing positive mental health for adults and children alike.
Nicki runs her own company, The Wellbeing People Ltd.
Pauline James is an experienced Clerk, currently working for Acle Parish Council. Previously an accountant, Pauline has a passion for figures and brings them to life making her courses engaging and informative to even those who find council accounts the least exciting element of their role.
Phil Brown is a data protection practitioner and has been providing advice and support to a variety of businesses across the region since September 2017. Having served as a councillor in his local parish in North Norfolk, Phil understands thoroughly the data protection related expectations placed on parish and town councils. This means he is ideally placed to deliver the most relevant information and offer a pragmatic approach to meet applying the every day needs of a parish clerk.
A freelance consultant specialising in community-led design, working with communities to make great places. Rachel is passionate about engaging communities in shaping the places where they live and work and has over 18 years' experience of working locally and regionally across the East of England. In particular, she has a strong reputation for facilitating community consultation events, delivering high quality practical training and writing Neighbourhood Plans. She has worked on a range of projects, from small-scale community projects, through to the management and delivery of large regional programmes.
Steve Parkinson is an AAT Licensed Accountant with 34 years experience in the public and voluntary sectors. He was Town Clerk for Alton in Hampshire from 2001 to 2015 and has been delivering training in the local council sector for 12 years.
Steve's company is The Parkinson Partnership.
The Parkinson Partnership LLP provides specialist advice on VAT and other financial matters for parish, town and community councils in England and Wales. They have provided services to more than 100 council clients, advising on millions of pounds worth of projects, including village halls, pavilions, community centres, offices, theatres and even a swimming pool.
The partnership has agreements with 24 organisations (including Norfolk ALC) to provide advice to their members and customers, as well as providing quality training for County Associations of Local Councils and bespoke training for organisations and individuals.