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Hertfordshire Association of Parish and Town Councils

Hertfordshire Association of Parish and Town Councils

Carina Helmn

County Officer: Carina Helmn
Kimpton Memorial Hall, Hall
Lane, Kimpton, Hertfordshire
SG4 8RD

Tel: 07956 590094

Leadership Programme for Clerks
The Leadership Programme for clerks is a self managed development programme that is designed to help Town and Parish Clerks develop their leadership role to enable them to face the challenges of the future.

Who is presenting?

David Carden; Town Clerk at Burgess Hill Town Council. David has experience in Lei­sure Management, Social Planning and Management Services for five principal au­thorities at District, County and London Borough levels. David has served as one of four co-opted Town Clerks on NALC's Larger Local Councils Committee. He has also been a trainer for the Sussex and Surrey Associations of Local Councils since 1994 specialising in Partnership Working, Community Development and Leadership.

Chris Watts; an experienced learning and development professional, facilitator, coach, trainer and presenter with extensive experience in designing and delivering learning and development solutions to meet individual, team and organisational needs. He has until recently worked in various roles for Sussex County Council : Senior Learning and Development Business Partner; Organisational Development Manager; Management Development Manager and Learning and Development Manager; L&E Insurance - Training and Development.

Chris is currently Head of Organisational Life Long Learning at the London School of Economics and Social Science

The programme consist of:

1 day launch workshop exploring the role of Leadership

360 feedback report

the development of a Personal Development Plan (PDP)

4 half day facilitated learning sets

1 day workshop on managing yourself and other through change

development support as appropriate

The programme will run over a 6 month period

Personal Development Plans (PDP)
In putting together a Personal Development Plan there are 3 fundamental questions to be asked
Where am I now?
Where do I want to be?
How do I get there?
Full guidance and coaching is given throughout the programme to help support the development of this plan.
What is Action Learning?
Action Learning is an invaluable tool for bringing problems and issues to a group and finding ways of moving forward with them. It is a process by which we learn from our actions and from what happens around us by taking the time to question and reflect on this in order to gain insights and consider what action to take in the future.
There are two other important elements to action learning:
it involves a group of people who work together on their 'doing' and their 'learning'
it requires regular meetings of the participants, to allow space and time for this process of questioning and reflection and action. So Action Learning Sets means working and learning simultaneously. Participants on Action Learning programmes will focus on work-based issues, problems and questions. These might involve an individual's managerial and personal development; team or staff-management issues; managing change, or indeed any other issue that is of concern to them.

Participants on the programme are supported by a coach/facilitator who works with the action learning set and the individual participant.

David Carden, Chris Watt