Support for Councils and Clerks

Autumn Conference and AGM

We are thrilled to share the success of our Autumn Conference and AGM, which took place on October 4, 2023, at The Nest in Norwich. Despite some microphone and sound issues, for which we apologise, it was a day filled with insights, networking, and recognition, and we’re excited to give you a glimpse of the highlights.

With 10 expert speakers covering a range of topics, the event was nothing short of enlightening. Keynote speaker Bruno Peek, CVO OBE OPR Pageantmaster set the tone for the day, offering a captivating perspective on the history of D-Day and its significance and plans to celebrate D-Day 80.


Other notable speakers, such as David Chetwyn, Rik Martin, and Steve Parkinson, shared valuable insights on Neighbourhood Plans, the work of Community Action Norfolk, and the Financial Regulations consultation.

Jonathan Owen, Chief Executive of National ALC, along with Cllr R James of Fransham Parish Council, enlightened the audience on the Quality Awards Scheme. Healthy debate with delegates followed about standards of governance and behaviour in the sector and the limited powers available to address these problems.

Lady Dannatt MBE, HM Lord-Lieutenant and Norfolk ALC patron addressed the conference and reviewed the events of the past year including local councils response to the cost of living crisis, triggered by sky high energy prices, and increasing inflation; then reviewed some of the responses to climate change being put in place in Norfolk both now and in the future. Please read the full address for more details. Norfolk ALC are most grateful to Lady Dannatt for her ongoing patronage and support.

Holly Morris gave a very well received presentation on Public Loans Board Applications and John Fagan, CEO of Scribe Accounting, unveiled the transformative potential of AI. Katherine Brown from Blachere Illumination UK spoke on ECO Responsible Lighting, and Susan Falch-Lovesey provided a comprehensive update on the Sheringham Shoal and Dudgeon Extensions.

In addition to the enlightening speakers, attendees had the opportunity to explore more than 16 trade stands – with some last minute additions, representing leading organisations from our sector. These exhibitors showcased the latest innovations and solutions.

The day featured a special moment, the presentation of the Sarah Thorpe Award for Clerk of the Year by Sarah’s daughter. This was won by Ben Bethell from Hoveton Parish Council who unfortunately could not attend due to a family emergency but a Hoveton Councillor accepted the award on his behalf.

The event was a tremendous success, bringing together councillors, clerks, and stakeholders for a day of growth, knowledge sharing, and camaraderie. We extend our heartfelt thanks to all the speakers, exhibitors, and attendees who made it possible. With special thanks to our compere Prof Tim O’Riordan.

We look forward to seeing you all at future Norfolk ALC events.