Warwickshire hosts regional conference!

ADSO East and West Midlands Regional Conference, 3 July 2015

“Looking Ahead” was the theme for this year’s regional conference for the East and West Midlands branches of the Association of Democratic Services Officers. Democratic Services – as the core facility that underpins local authority governance and decision-making – has to be a flexible and adaptable service to effectively responds to local and national political agendas. As “geographers of the political state” Democratic Services staff have to be one step ahead, constantly horizon scanning and ensuring that robust governance and decision-making continues as their organisations transform and reshape.

The regional conference was hosted by Warwickshire County Council and included plenary sessions from David Carter, Monitoring Officer at Warwickshire County Council, and John Gregory, Grant Thornton, on the future of local government and democratic services. Simon Goacher, from Weightmans LLP, provided an update on recent case law affecting the sector.

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The event, which was sponsored by Audiominutes, Astech and Modern.gov, attracted 50 delegates from across the Midlands. In addition to the plenary sessions, there was a strong focus on the development of practical skills and knowledge. Delegates had a choice of three workshops which reflected the other theme for the event: working in a hung council (facilitated by Janet Purcell, Warwickshire County Council), combined authorities and new models of governance (James Doble, Cherwell and South Northamptonshire Councils) and career development (Laura Latham, Stockport CCG and Sarah Cottam, North East Derbyshire District Council).

Mala Mistry, Solihull MBC said: “I thoroughly enjoyed the ADSO Conference and came away feeling refreshed and re-energised. The plenary sessions were informative and interesting and there were lots of opportunities in the workshops and throughout the whole day to discuss a wide range of issues that we as Democratic Services officers are all grappling with at the moment. A very worthwhile event which I would completely recommend.”

For more information about the Association of Democratic Services Officers, visit the web page: http://www.adso.co.uk/

 

 

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