As of March 2021, LGRC has 32 Associates based around the country. Here are some of the names and faces
Nick Randle, OBE, Director
Nick was chief executive of the Society of Local Council Clerks for 13 years from 2000-2013, prior to which he was Town Clerk at Chard Town Council, Somerset, from 1993-2000. During this time he was also lead trainer providing new clerks training for South West Provincial Employers.
He was European Board Director for the International Institute of Municipal Clerks between 2008 and 2012. He is a Parish Councillor and Chairman of his Parish’s Neighbourhood Plan Steering Committee. He was awarded an OBE for services to Local Government in the 2010 Queens Birthday Honours List.
Wendy Randle, Director
Wendy has been involved in Education for most of her career, firstly as a teacher and then as Manager of Devon School Library Service for 15 years.
She has been Clerk to a small Parish Council in Devon and was instrumental in preparing its Neighbourhood Plan which was successfully adopted in 2017.
Louise Steele, Senior Associate
Louise is a former Town Clerk and RFO to a Town Council in Surrey, where she worked for 12 years. She is a qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy and has experience as an HMI of Magistrates Courts.
Louise has expertise in strategy and business planning, undertaking organisational reviews and financial matters. She has successfully worked on varied projects and Locum assignments for LGRC over several years.
Janet Eustace CiLCA, Senior Associate
Janet has extensive experience in the local council sector, having worked as a Town Clerk and RFO in Oxfordshire for 12 years. She has also been Clerk and RFO to a large parish council in Buckinghamshire and is currently clerk to a small council in Gloucestershire.
Prior to her career in local government, Janet had a 25-year career in the Civil Service, chiefly in the Department for the Environment, but also in Education, the Cabinet Office, and Surrey County Council. Janet advised ministers on Housing, Sport and Recreation, and Finance policies. She also spent 4 years in Personnel, including carrying out job evaluations for senior Civil Service posts.
Hannah Surtees CiLCA, Associate
After starting her career in the private sector, Hannah became the youngest town clerk in the country when appointed to the role at Lutterworth Town Council in 2006. Over the next 10 years in that role, Hannah gained broad experience covering a wide variety of large scale community projects (eg playground refurbishment, Memorial Garden refurbishment, and relocation of council offices), asset transfers from the local district council, and disposal of other assets. Hannah also successfully obtained the Quality Status award for Lutterworth.
In addition to her CiLCA qualification, she holds a Certificate of Higher Education in Community Engagement & Governance.
Natalie Austin, HR Associate
Natalie graduated from the University of Southampton in 2005 with a 1st class honours degree in Politics and subsequently obtained a Masters degree in Social Statistics. She joined the Marks and Spencer HR Graduate scheme and since then has worked in a variety of challenging HR roles, most recently completing 8 years as the HR Manager for a large vending services company.
Natalie has extensive experience of redesigning and streamlining key processes including Recruitment, Absence Management and Disciplinary policies, and has served as a Councillor for a Town Council in Dorset.
Steve Milton FSLCC, Associate
Steve is a Fellow of the SLCC and an Associate of the Chartered Governance Institute. He has over 35 years local government service in various senior executive and managerial roles including 10 years as Head of Community Governance at Wiltshire Council.
Steve specialises in community engagement and governance and in 2011 acted as an advisor to the Coalition Government on the implementation of the Localism Act.
Steve has served as a Town Councillor and is currently Clerk to a Parish Council in Wiltshire.
Reg Williams, Associate
Reg is an experienced public sector Open Spaces Manager and a former Town Clerk to one of the largest parish level Councils in the country. He holds qualifications in Amenity, Horticulture & Landscaping, Leisure & Amenities and a Postgraduate Diploma in Management in Local Government.
Since 2017, Reg has been a freelance consultant and is an acknowledged expert in the management of local amenities and open spaces.
Karen Singleton, Associate
Karen is a fully qualified Chartered Certified Accountant who has been a Fellow of ACCA since 2009. She held the post of RFO and Deputy Clerk at a Best Value Town Council in West Sussex for 16 years, with responsibility for staff supervision and management of a large budget.
Karen now specialises in finance consultancy and dispute resolution, primarily within the local council sector.
Carmel Wilkinson, Associate
After a career in statutory access and countryside management, Carmel took early retirement from Dorset County Council. She is an experienced public sector manager and has delivered a wide variety of projects, and also represented the south west region’s professional access managers at national level.
Carmel holds an MSc in Public Rights of Way and Countryside Access Management and is a member of the Institute of Public Rights of Way Managers. She was a founding director of a local food business and retains an interest in sustainable development. She is a magistrate in the adult criminal court.
Samantha Haywood CiLCA, Associate
Samantha is an experienced HR and Finance Manager, having worked in the private sector in both capacities for the past 20 years. She holds qualifications from the Association of Accounting Technicians, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and is close to completion of her Level 5 CIPD.
Samantha has worked as a Parish Clerk and RFO for over 10 years and as a Burial Officer since 2019. She specialises in all areas of HR, finance, social media and administration and has acted as an Employee Support officer with the ALCC since 2017.
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