Clerks' Conference 2023 with Dorset SLCC

Thursday 28 September 2023 
09:15 breakfast Q&A's
10:00 Conference starts
15:00 Conference closes
 Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester
Clerks & Officers in the Dorset Council Area


Registration is now closed for this important conference delivered by DAPTC in conjunction with the Dorset branch of the Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC), delivering the first significant briefings on the May 2024 elections, and an opportunity to hear from the Elections Team on key changes and processes you will need to understand and be familiar with for councillors who are re-standing and for new candidates. In addition to this topic, we will have interesting and informative speakers relevant to Dorset, plus opportunities to engage with fellow clerks and officers. It will also be a chance to network with other colleagues from Dorset Council.

This Conference is suitable for all clerks and officers, regardless of experience and length of time in post.


Following feedback asking us to ensure more small councils can afford to send their clerk, and in recognition that some councils send more than one delegate to the conference, we are pleased to announce that we are holding last year's conference prices for 2023 as follows:


Town and Larger Parish Councils (more than 3,000 electors)
£70 for one delegate
£62/delegate for two attending from the same council
£56.67/delegate for three or more attending from the same council


Parish Councils (less than 3,000 electors)
£45 for one delegate
£40/delegate for two or more attending from the same council



Images, outputs and links to our partners involved in the day will be available on this page after the conference has taken place.

Clerks' Conference 2022 - It's a wrap!

Thanks to all those attending the 2022 DAPTC Clerks' Conference, especially guest speakers, exhibitors and sponsors. On this page you can find some images, outputs and links to our partners involved in the day. Further down is the format of the event and the topics covered.

2023 Clerks' Conference - 28th September 2023 at Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester. Please click on REGISTRATIONS to ensure you have a place at this important conference delivering the first significant briefings for the May 2024 elections. The agenda for the day will be available shortly.

Clerks' Conference Resources

HM The Lord-Lieutenant of Dorset, Angus Campbell sent a video message for officers of parish and town councils across Dorset, thanking them for their dedicated hard work during the pandemic, the Queen's Jubilee and the recent commemoration of her life.

Roundtable discussions - the morning sessions focused on the working relationship between Dorset Council and parishes / towns. The outputs from these discussions can be found in the following document:

Session 1 and 2 Outputs 

Matt Prosser CE Dorset Council


Matt Prosser, Chief Executive of Dorset Council kicked proceedings off with an opening address reflecting on the establishment of the unitary council and brought delegates right up to date with current issues. This was followed by a Q&A on some wide ranging topics.

Cllr. Laura Beddow (Cabinet Member for Culture, Communities and Customer Service) launched session 2 discussions. Delegates held two roundtable discussion about what parish and town councils can do to help working relationships with Dorset Council. Further focus was given to how to engage elected members, other community groups and ensure geographically and size-wise all parishes can get involved. 

Clerks Conference

DAPTC with the help of clerks will be socialising a 'working together' document to start to gather wider views and inputs.

This will be done by individual councils, DAPTC Area Committees and DAPTC AGM in the coming weeks.

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Guest Presenter - Find out more about Becky

 Becky Walsh....and now for something completely different

We were pleased to welcome Becky Walsh to our event all the way from Weston Super Mare. Becky ran a session on 'personal resilience and self protection'. This is a webinar on offer through the Society of Local Council Clerks and she presented a short version for us. 

This 'thought provoker' provider the ideal warm up for Jonathan Mair, Dorset Council's Monitoring Officer who closed the event.

DAPTC are talking to Becky about some dates for further sessions specifically aimed at help and support for Clerks which is often a lonely role as well as demanding. Watch out for more information.

Find out more about Becky here: Becky Walsh 

Becky Walsh

Dorset Branch | SLCC 

The Dorset Branch have joined forces with us to promote not only membership of SLCC, but also a drive to increase the number of CiLCA qualified clerks.

Thanks to Martin Ayres (Branch Chair) and Linda Scott-Giles (Secretary) for their support and help in bringing the event together. 

Congratulations to the SLCC on reaching 50! 

Event Running Order and Content

9:30 | Arrive and network with coffee and biscuits in case the journey has been a nightmare!
10:00 | Conference Starts
10:00 - 10:15 | Introductions & Welcome 
10:15 | Dorset Council - Working Together | Matt Prosser Chief Executive
11:10 | Coffee & Comfort Break 
11:35 | Working Together - What We Need To Do
12:30 | Message from HM Lord-Lieutenant of Dorset 
12:45 | Lunch - Race for the Vol-au-vents 
13:30 | Becky Walsh - Personal Resilience and Self Protection
14:15 | The Monitoring Officer for Dorset Council - Standards in Public Life
15:00 | Close and Wrap Up - DAPTC