WALC Annual Conference and AGM

WALC Annual Conference and AGM

This year is the start of a full four-year cycle and is the perfect time to think ahead about what your council can and should be doing during that time.  Many of you will have new councillors and it is important to engage them in a new programme for your Council while they are enthusiastic.  For that reason, we have selected a range of topics that should apply widely and will hopefully inspire you to pick up on some of the ideas.

Event date Sat 9 Nov 2019 9:00
Event Ends Sat 9 Nov 2019 15:30
Registered 47
Registration closes Thu 7 Nov 2019 10:00
Notes £60 to Members, £30 County Committee, £120 non-members (AGM FREE to Members)
Location Shire Hall (Warwick)
Event Categories WALC, Specialist Council Training
Attachment(s) 1.WALC CONFERENCE 2019 PROGRAMME.pdf
4.1.2019 AGM agenda and papers.pdf

Registration is now closed

9.00 am


and refreshments

9.30 am


Introduction by Mr I. Prosser, President of WALC

9.40 am

Keynote Speaker: The Bishop of Coventry

Shaping cultures of hope for the good of all: church and local government working together for Warwickshire and the West Midlands

In his address, Bishop Christopher will explain how and why the Church of England seeks to be a Christian presence in every community and what that means for the good of the whole community.
Based on over 10 years’ experience as a diocesan bishop in the West Midlands, he will identify the various issues of shared concern on which the Church and local government have worked and can further work together to address. Drawing on existing examples of partnership between parish churches and parish councils from across the Diocese of Coventry and the neighbouring Diocese of Birmingham, Bishop Christopher will outline some principles of good practice for future cooperation in the region.

10.30 am

Kushal Birla

Warwickshire County Council Assistant Director Business and Customer Services

Connecting Communities - Warwickshire County Council and Parish Councils Working Together

  • What are the current strengths and future opportunities?
  • What are the outcomes we want to deliver together?
  • The Voluntary and Community Sector Strategy - next steps

11.00 am

Refreshment break

an opportunity for networking and to visit trade stands

11.30 am

Facilitated Discussions

  1. Developer Contributions and Local Councils
    with Janet Neale from Warwickshire County Council
    An opportunity to consider how Local Councils might be able to benefit from S106 contributions as well as a look at the implications of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). This will include a look at the way Local Councils should expect to access CIL as well as the requirements it imposes upon them. I hope to look at a couple of test examples of when CIL might become available and when a Local Council might consider contacting their Local Planning Authority about possible support through a S106 contribution. This will not though be me doing all the talking as I think it is really important we talk about the issues and from a County Council perspective, I want to know what we can realistically do to help Local Councils. This will be a learning opportunity for me.


  2. Standards in Public Life report
    with Jane Moore from NALC
    The discussion will consider local government standards in light of the findings and recommendations in the Committee on Standards in Public Life report and the Ledbury case. The discussion will also encourage delegate participation on the practical implications


  3. Why Every Council Should Use a Digital Mapping System (DMS)
    with Tristram Cary and Chris Mewse from GeoXphere
    All councils are involved in geographical issues. Neighbourhood Plans, Planning Applications, Asset Registers, Event Planning, Resilience Planning and Management of Events such as road closures all require geographical analysis. The PSMA and the APGB agreements allow all councils free access to detailed maps, address data and aerial photography. In addition there are many other data sets which are freely available to councils such as Natural England, English Heritage, EA Flood Zones, Land Registry polygons etc – but to make effective use of all this data requires the council to have access to a Digital Mapping System. The presentation and discussion will cover the attributes required of a digital mapping system; how a council should go about procuring and making effective use of their DMS; and how a DMS can be used to facilitate effective inter-tier working.
    There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.

12.30 pm


and an opportunity for networking and to visit trade stands

The afternoon sessions are free to all members

2.00 pm


2.30 pm

“Question Time”

To be facilitated by Howard Davis

Are poor transport networks increasing isolation and loneliness?
A panel of providers, commissioners and users will examine the current provision of all aspects transport in rural areas, the gaps that exist and the impacts on communities. The focus will also be on good practice and ideas for doing things differently going forward.

Hopefully a stimulating discussion of value to all Parish Councils which will encourage contributions from the floor.

Question Time

Panel includes

Marie Darwen, Stratford on Avon District Council
Kate Morrison, WCAVA
Tony Gillias, Parish Champion Rugby Borough
Jude Henderson, WRCC
Bridgette Chandler, Clerk to Shustoke Parish Council
Mrs Pat Mills, transport user

3.30 pm


Attending Exhibitors

  • Amberol
  • BHIB Insurance
  • Blachere Illumination
  • DCK Accounting Solutions
  • EDGE IT Systems
  • HAGS
  • Westcotec Traffic Safety Systems
  • Zeta Specialist Lighting Ltd


£60 to Members

£30 County Committee
£120 non-members
AGM FREE to Members

Help with delegates fees

WALC will subsidise Member Councils

  • Members with a budgeted income up to £15,000 will get half price for all delegates
  • Members with a budgeted income between £15,001 & £30,000 can send two for the price of one
  • Members with a budgeted income between £30,001 & £50,000 can send three for the price of two
  • Members with a budgeted income over £50,000 can send five for the price of four



Any delegate cancellations

must be received in writing 7 days before the event for a full refund of the fee. Substitute delegate(s) may be named at any time up to the event.

Terms and Conditions of Registration

Before registering please read

Full terms and conditions of registration



Free parking will be available in the Cape Road staff car park
Barrack Street staff car park will be available to pay & display. Charge 4-6 hours is £3.40

  • Disabled parking is available in Barrack Street staff car park

Bishop Christopher

Diocese of Coventry, Church of England

CHRISTOPHER COCKSWORTH, Bishop of Coventry, read Theology at the University of Manchester. After teaching Religious Studies and Economics in secondary education, he trained for ordination and pursued doctoral studies. Bishop Christopher has served in parochial and chaplaincy ministry and in theological education, latterly as Principal of Ridley Hall, Cambridge. In 2010, he was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity by the University of London for his services to education. Bishop Christopher has written several books and articles in the area of Christian theology and worship. Bishop Christopher is Chair of the Faith and Order Commission of the Church of England and in 2017 was appointed Chair of the Co-ordinating Group for the Episcopal Teaching Document on Marriage and Human Sexuality. He entered the House of Lords in January 2013 where he contributes on international matters, education and ethics of beginning and end of life; he also seeks to give voice to life on the ground in Coventry and Warwickshire.

Kushal Birla

Warwickshire County Council

Kushal Birla is Assistant Director for Business and Customer Services at Warwickshire County Council. In this role she has strategic responsibility for a range of services including Localities and Partnerships, Customer Feedback, Library Service, Heritage and Culture Service, Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages Service, Customer Service Centre, One Stop Shops, Family Information Service and Business Support Services. Previous to this role Kushal was Head of the Library Service and Assistant Chief Trading Standards Officer for Warwickshire County Council. Her current role requires her to work proactively and collaboratively with elected members, colleagues and partners to ensure the authority is delivering excellent modernised services for residents and customers.

Jane Moore

National Association of Local Councils

Jane has more than 10 years' post qualification experience at NALC and leads the four solicitor NALC legal team. Jane advises client member councils on a wide variety of legal issues including information law, employment law, land law, charity law and constitutional matters. Jane and the NALC legal team are also responsible for publishing bespoke guidance on subjects such as GDPR, disciplinary and grievance procedures and Model Standing Orders as well as producing a well-received bi-monthly legal update bulletin and delivering legal training to members countrywide.

Derek Kemp

DCK Accounting Solutions

Qualifying in 1969 Derek has specialized in council accounting since 1996. Highly experienced in advising Towns and Parish’s on various accounting matters, frequently attending council’s to run training courses and to also provide presentations to councillors. Respected on the circuit at seminars for clerks and councillors for accounting issues; Derek is now NALC National Accounts and Audit Adviser.

Howard Davis

Formally Principal Adviser for the LGA

Before choosing to take Voluntary Redundancy in July 2015, Howard was the Principal Adviser (Regional Director equivalent) for the Local Government Association (LGA) in the West Midlands. In a similar role, he had also covered both the South West and the North West.
He is a former local authority Chief Executive, is a Chartered Engineer and a member of the Institute of Civil Engineers. His work for the LGA included working in partnership with other agencies to ensure a coordinated approach to improvement within the region (he was a board member of IEWM, Improvement and Efficiency West Midlands).