Serving the people of Norfolk

Norfolk Association of Local Councils

Norfolk ALC, a 'not for profit' organisation, is registered with the Financial Conduct Authority as a Cooperative Society, which provides services to its members.


The Lady Dannatt MBE

HM Lord‑Lieutenant of Norfolk


Professor Tim O'Riordan OBE DL FBA

Our governance arrangements are as below:

Key features are:

  • Governing Act: Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014.
  • Members hold one share, with voting one member, one vote.
  • Our Board is elected from the members.

Our Team

Russell Reeve

Russell Reeve

County Officer

Helen Carrier

Helen Carrier

IT & Norfolk Parishes Consultant

Gabbie Joyce

Gabbie Joyce

Training Officer

Dan Howes

Dan Howes

Admin Assistant

John Pennell

John Pennell

Chairman of Norfolk ALC Well-being Task & Finish Group

Sarah Thorpe

Sarah Thorpe

Clerk Support

Our Trainers

Our Training Officer, Gabbie, delivers our many regular councillor and clerk training courses. We have a team of experienced Tutors who deliver training across their specialities, ensuring that content is topical, current and accurate.

  • Alan Fairchild
  • Charlotte Stannard
  • Pauline James
  • Phil Brown
  • Steve Parkinson
  • Rosemary Cochrane

Our Associates

Alongside the support from National Association of Local Councils, and our colleagues in our neighbouring County Associations, we work with a network of specialist practitioners to build on the services that the team (Russell, Gabbie, Helen, Dan and Sarah) provide. These practitioners include:

  • Chris Moses, Personnel Advice and Solutions Ltd, for HR advice
  • Steve Parkinson, for VAT and accounting
  • Birketts and other local solicitors, ensuring specialisms across many areas.
  • Charlotte Stannard, for charity governance
  • Alan Fairchild, for general parish/ town council advice, and particularly for cemeteries and burials matters
  • Phil Brown 'Norfolk's Data Protection Mardler' for information security
  • Ross Bullard, Came & Co Insurance Ltd, for risk management and insurance
  • Norfolk County Council and also the District Councils for advice in a number of areas relating to services/ expertise provided by them
  • Westcotec, and a number of other commercial organisations, for example in relation to energy, signs and lighting queries


Norfolk ALC provides a range of high quality, trustworthy and reliable advice services for supporting councils.

A close relationship with the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is an integral part of the membership service and significant sums are invested each year to procure the support of NALC's professional team of specialist lawyers and policy officers. Norfolk ALC is the only authorised provider of NALC's services in Norfolk.

We also have other close partnerships to complement and expand our services for indemnified specialist knowledge.

The County Officer complements these services and is also able to offer conciliation support in the resolution of difficult circumstances.

Training and Support

Norfolk ALC provides a new training programme with a broad range of relevant courses. They include training tailored to meet the needs of local councillors and clerks, including the Certificate of Local Council Administration, Word-Press website training and leadership skills.


Norfolk ALC holds a series of events each year for councillors and clerks.

Policy and Presentation

The Association speaks with a strong collective voice on policy issues affecting local councils. It actively represents members' interests to the National ALC, who in turn lobby Government on their behalf. It works in partnership with experienced teams across the county network of District, Borough and County Councils and other public service providers.


Norfolk ALC is unique amongst County Associations in providing dedicated IT support to councils.

Well-Being Initiative & Climate Action Project

Norfolk ALC is also actively engaged in issues of wider relevance to town and parish councils ranging from supporting the well-being of individuals, for example in tackling mental health and loneliness issues, to addressing the challenges facing our communities, such as reducing energy use and our carbon footprint.


Local councils benefit from the information services which Norfolk ALC provides.

Member councils also enjoy newsletters and regular email bulletins.

Development and Customised Services

Norfolk ALC offers support in specialised areas for the professional development of council administration and practices. These include tailored consultancy services such as governance reviews; operational appraisals; salary reviews; financial and policy assessments; recruitment services and professional support in dispute resolution.

Data Privacy

Norfolk ALC has a Privacy Policy to highlight the information we collect, why we collect it, and how we use it. You can find our Privacy Policy below.

For best professional support, a strong voice on local issues and good value for money - it makes sense!

Last updated: Fri, 04 Dec 2020 12:26