If you have any problem or query relating to your work as a councillor. If there is anything you think would make the job easier. If there is any help or support we could give you. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.
National Association of Councillors Northern Ireland Region Sketrick House Jubilee Road Newtownards BT23 4YH
Members’ Meetings We provide a bi-monthly forum for councillors to exchange information and experiences, and to voice their opinions and concerns at our Members’ Meetings.
NAC April Members’ Meeting The April NAC Members’ Meeting was hosted by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council. The Mayor Cllr Uel Mackin and the staff at The Island Civic Centre provided a warm welcome to the guest speaker Dr Andy Johnston of LGiU and the NAC Members’ Delegates. Pictured L to R – NAC Regional Secretary, Cllr Joe Boyle, NAC Chairman, Ald Michael Henderson MBE, LCCC Mayor, Cllr Uel Mackin and Dr Andy Johnston, LGiU.
Meeting with LAMA January 2019 Members of the NAC Executive Committee met with members of the LAMA Officer Board. Both organisations provided an update on what they have been working on and exchanged information on the structure of their organisations and discussed items relevant to Elected Members within their areas. Please click here for more information
MEETINGS
NAC UK AGM & Conference 23 to 25 November 2018 A number of Councillors from Northern Ireland attended the 2018 NAC UK Annual Conference and AGM which took place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Chester. The conference focus was Standards in Local Government & The Code of Conduct for Councillors and the speakers included Marie Anderson, the Northern Ireland Local Government Commissioner for Standards. Councillors from all regions of the UK, participated in the Q & A sessions and contributed to the conference workshops and training.
NAC NI Region Chairman, Ald Michael Henderson MBE, with Northern Ireland Councillors and NAC UK Officers at the 2018 NAC UK AGM in Chester
Annual General Meeting – October 2018 The NAC AGM took place on 5 October 2018 at the Glenavon House Hotel in Cookstown. Invited guests in attendance were the NAC National Chairman, Councillor Marie Garrity and the NAC UK General Secretary, Councillor Brian Nelson. There was a good representation of Councillors from all regions there and following elections for the NAC Executive Committee they heard from Mr Kevin Higgins of Advice NI who provided a presentation on Universal Credit.
5 October 2018 NAC NI and NAC UK Officers address the NAC Members at the Annual General Meeting
Meeting with AILG August 2018 Pictured from left to right NAC Jnr Vice Chair, Cllr Terry Andrews, AILG President, Cllr Damien Geoghegan, NAC Secretary, Cllr Joe Boyle, NAC Women’s’ Representative, Cllr Beth Adger MBE and NAC Chair Ald Michael Henderson MBE.
Following a request made by our Members we arranged a meeting with the President, Cllr Damien Geoghegan and Co-Director Mr Tom Moylan of the Association of Irish Local Government (AILG). This was very interesting and informative and AILG provided information on the development of their operation and the training and benefits available to the 949 Elected Members that span their 32 local government Councils. They also gave us an insight to their views on the possible effect of Brexit.
Meetings with NILGA – June & September 2018 NAC and NILGA continue to build a good working relationship by meeting and working together on various activities. The NAC Secretary, Cllr Joe Boyle and Treasurer, Ald Angus Carson met with the NILGA Chief Executive, Derek McCallum in June 2018 to discuss areas of common interest between our organisations; NAC officers are contributing to NILGA’s Elected Member Development Working Group; Derek McCallum presented to the NAC Executive Committee in September 2018 and representatives from both organisations met with the new SOLACE Chairman, Mr John Kelpie in September. NAC also sponsored a category at the recent Local Government Awards which are co- ordinated by NILGA and the Association of Public Service Excellence (APSE).
Next Members’ Meeting CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE FOLLOWING THE GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE ON COVID-19
NAC June Members’ Meeting The first NAC Members’ Meeting for the new term of office was hosted by Mid Ulster District Council at their offices in Magherafelt. We were delighted to see a number of newly appointed councillors and re-elected councillors in attendance including the Mid Ulster Chairman, Cllr Martin Kearney, who provided a welcome speech which can be viewed by clicking on following link: Cllr Kearney’s Welcome Speech NAC Meeting
Local Government Training Group Meeting Officers from NAC and NILGA met with the Chair of the Local Government Training Group, Mr Stephen Reid on 7 August 2019. Mr Reid outlined the review process and provided draft Terms of Reference in relation to this. During discussions the importance of training programmes being designed to cover topics that are relevant to councillors’ was made and it was pointed out that with a number of newly elected councillors serving, the duration and content of training sessions should be carefully considered to avoid information overload. Mr Reid answered questions asked in relation to the review process and elected member programmes and a follow-up meeting has been arranged for Wednesday 23 October 2019.
The National Association of Councillors, Northern Ireland Region, Annual General Meeting 2019 took place on Friday 4 October 2019 at the Glenavon House Hotel in Cookstown. Following the elections in May the NAC Officers were delighted to welcome back the NAC Delegates that have retained their seats and also to welcome, for the first time, all newly elected NAC Delegates. Invited guests were also in attendance from: National Association of Councillors UK Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA) Association of Irish Local Government (AILG) Local Authorities Members Association (LAMA) Our highly acclaimed guest speaker, ANDREA WINDERS of DISRUPTIEVE provided a dynamic presentation on the Regeneration of Towns and Villages. As an Urban Disruptor, Andrea shared her unique method for approaching failing areas, applying disruption, whether physical, digital or other, and she gave details of a live project in the UK. Andrea is available for discussions or meetings with councils and she can be contacted by email at andrea.winders@disruptieve.com
National Association of Councillors AGM 2019
L to R – Cllr Micheál Anglim LAMA, Cllr Brian Nelson NAC UK, Andrea Winders Disruptieve, Cllr Mick Cahill AILG, Ald Michael Henderson NAC NI, Cllr Frances Burton NILGA, Cllr Terry Shannon LAMA, Cllr Joe Boyle NAC NI
NAC UK Conference 3rd to 5th April 2020 ‘Keep It Local’ The Royal Hotel, Scarborough Keep It Local Network brings together councils that are choosing to move away from big outsourcing contacts and instead are commissioning local community organisations. For further details please click the following links: NAC UK April 2020 Conference Invite NAC UK April 2020 Conference Booking Form
NAC NORTHERN IRELAND REGION MEMBERS’ MEETING DATES FOR 2020 Wednesday 19th February Wednesday 15th April Cancelled Wednesday 17th June Wednesday 19th August Wednesday 18th November
The Annual General Meeting will be held on Friday 2nd October. Please note that these are the planned dates and may be subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.
October November 2019 Meetings NAC NI Region Officers have participated at the following meetings: 11/10/2019 – NILGA Executive Meeting 23/10/2019 - Elected Member Development Steering Group Meeting in relation to the LGTG review 14/11/2019 – Meeting with the NIPSO Deputy Ombudsman in relation to the Code of Conduct 19/11/2019 – Meeting with DfC Officials in relation to the Code of Conduct review 20/11/2019 – NAC Members’ Meeting hosted by Newry, Mourne & Down District Council Members will be kept informed of outcomes and progress made.
Venue
13 January
London
National Executive Meeting
24-26 January
Ripon, N Yorkshire
Conference
28 February - 1 March
Glasgow
Conference
3 - 5 April
Scarborough
Conference
11 May
London
National Executive Meeting
26 - 28 June
Blackpool/ Lytham
Conference
25 - 27 September
Sheffield
Conference
27 - 29 November
Liverpool
Conference and AGM
Date
Details
NAC UK Executive Meetings and Conference Dates for 2020
For further details and bookings please contact the NAC UK General Secretary: Councillor Brian Nelson, National Association of Councillors Tel: 0191 3789947 Email: generalsecretary@nationalassociationofcouncillors.org
Cancelled
Cancelled
 
 
 
Meeting on LGTG Review 22 January 2020 At this meeting the Chair of the Local Government Training Group (LGTG), Mr Stephen Reid advised that the contract for the e-learning portal currently provided by Learning Pool will be expiring soon but it can still be accessed until December 2020. He also said that an independent consultancy will carry out a review proposal with input from organisations including the NAC, the review will help decide how things go moving forward and benchmarks from across the UK will be looked at.
Meeting with SOLACE 17 January 2020 A meeting with representatives from SOLACE, NILGA and the NAC took place at the NILGA offices in Belfast. The NAC had put forward a number of items for the agenda in relation to our members’ concerns and following discussion the SOLACE Chair, Mr David Jackson, agreed to raise these matters with all council chief executives at the next SOLACE meeting which is scheduled to take place on 7 February 2020. We will keep our members updated on the meeting outcomes when feedback is received.
National Association of Councillors Northern Ireland Region
If you have any problem or query relating to your work as a councillor, if there is anything you think would make the job easier, if there is any help or support we could give you, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.
National Association of Councillors Northern Ireland Region Sketrick House Jubilee Road Newtownards BT23 4YH
MEETINGS
Members’ Meetings We provide a bi-monthly forum for councillors to exchange information and experiences, and to voice their opinions and concerns at our Members’ Meetings.
NAC April Members’ Meeting The April NAC Members’ Meeting was hosted by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council. The Mayor Cllr Uel Mackin and the staff at The Island Civic Centre provided a warm welcome to the guest speaker Dr Andy Johnston of LGiU and the NAC Members’ Delegates. Pictured LtoR NAC Regional Secretary, Cllr Joe Boyle, NAC Chairman, Ald Michael Henderson MBE, LCCC Mayor, Cllr Uel Mackin and Dr Andy Johnston, LGiU.
Meeting with LAMA January 2019 Members of the NAC Executive Committee met with members of the LAMA Officer Board. Both organisations provided an update on what they have been working on and exchanged information on the structure of their organisations and discussed items relevant to Elected Members within their areas. Please click here for more information
NAC UK AGM & Conference 23 to 25 November 2018 A number of Councillors from Northern Ireland attended the 2018 NAC UK Annual Conference and AGM which took place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Chester. The conference focus was Standards in Local Government & The Code of Conduct for Councillors and the speakers included Marie Anderson, the Northern Ireland Local Government Commissioner for Standards. Councillors from all regions of the UK, participated in the Q & A sessions and contributed to the conference workshops and training.
NAC NI Region Chairman, Ald Michael Henderson MBE, with Northern Ireland Councillors and NAC UK Officers at the 2018 NAC UK AGM in Chester
5 October 2018 NAC NI and NAC UK Officers address the NAC Members at the Annual General Meeting
Meeting with AILG August 2018 Pictured from left to right NAC Jnr Vice Chair, Cllr Terry Andrews, AILG President, Cllr Damien Geoghegan, NAC Secretary, Cllr Joe Boyle, NAC Women’s’ Representative, Cllr Beth Adger MBE and NAC Chair Ald Michael Henderson MBE.
Following a request made by our Members we arranged a meeting with the President, Cllr Damien Geoghegan and Co-Director Mr Tom Moylan of the Association of Irish Local Government (AILG). This was very interesting and informative and AILG provided information on the development of their operation and the training and benefits available to the 949 Elected Members that span their 32 local government Councils. They also gave us an insight to their views on the possible effect of Brexit.
Meetings with NILGA – June & September 2018 NAC and NILGA continue to build a good working relationship by meeting and working together on various activities. The NAC Secretary, Cllr Joe Boyle and Treasurer, Ald Angus Carson met with the NILGA Chief Executive, Derek McCallum in June 2018 to discuss areas of common interest between our organisations; NAC officers are contributing to NILGA’s Elected Member Development Working Group; Derek McCallum presented to the NAC Executive Committee in September 2018 and representatives from both organisations met with the new SOLACE Chairman, Mr John Kelpie in September. NAC also sponsored a category at the recent Local Government Awards which are co- ordinated by NILGA and the Association of Public Service Excellence (APSE).
Next Members’ Meeting CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE FOLLOWING THE GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE ON COVID-19
NAC June Members’ Meeting The first NAC Members’ Meeting for the new term of office was hosted by Mid Ulster District Council at their offices in Magherafelt. We were delighted to see a number of newly appointed councillors and re-elected councillors in attendance including the Mid Ulster Chairman, Cllr Martin Kearney, who provided a welcome speech which can be viewed by clicking on following link: Cllr Kearney’s Welcome Speech NAC Meeting
Local Government Training Group Meeting Officers from NAC and NILGA met with the Chair of the Local Government Training Group, Mr Stephen Reid on 7 August 2019. Mr Reid outlined the review process and provided draft Terms of Reference in relation to this. During discussions the importance of training programmes being designed to cover topics that are relevant to councillors’ was made and it was pointed out that with a number of newly elected councillors serving, the duration and content of training sessions should be carefully considered to avoid information overload. Mr Reid answered questions asked in relation to the review process and elected member programmes and a follow-up meeting has been arranged for Wednesday 23 October 2019.
Annual General Meeting October 2018 The NAC AGM took place on 5 October 2018 at the Glenavon House Hotel in Cookstown. Invited guests in attendance were the NAC National Chairman, Councillor Marie Garrity and the NAC UK General Secretary, Councillor Brian Nelson. There was a good representation of Councillors from all regions there and following elections for the NAC Executive Committee they heard from Mr Kevin Higgins of Advice NI who provided a presentation on Universal Credit.
The National Association of Councillors, Northern Ireland Region, Annual General Meeting 2019 took place on Friday 4 October 2019 at the Glenavon House Hotel in Cookstown. Following the elections in May the NAC Officers were delighted to welcome back the NAC Delegates that have retained their seats and also to welcome, for the first time, all newly elected NAC Delegates. Invited guests were also in attendance from: National Association of Councillors UK Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA) Association of Irish Local Government (AILG) Local Authorities Members Association (LAMA) Our highly acclaimed guest speaker, ANDREA WINDERS of DISRUPTIEVE provided a dynamic presentation on the Regeneration of Towns and Villages. As an Urban Disruptor, Andrea shared her unique method for approaching failing areas, applying disruption, whether physical, digital or other, and she gave details of a live project in the UK. Andrea is available for discussions or meetings with councils and she can be contacted by email at andrea.winders@disruptieve.com
National Association of Councillors AGM 2019
L to R – Cllr Micheál Anglim LAMA, Cllr Brian Nelson NAC UK, Andrea Winders Disruptieve, Cllr Mick Cahill AILG, Ald Michael Henderson NAC NI, Cllr Frances Burton NILGA, Cllr Terry Shannon LAMA, Cllr Joe Boyle NAC NI
Next NAC UK Conference The conference scheduled to take place on 3rd to 5th April in Scarborough has been cancelled due to COVID-19, when re-scheduled the details will be circulated to all NAC Members and published here.
NAC NORTHERN IRELAND REGION MEMBERS’ MEETING DATES FOR 2020 Wednesday 19th February Wednesday 15th April Cancelled Wednesday 17th June Wednesday 19th August Wednesday 18th November
The Annual General Meeting will be held on Friday 2nd October. Please note that these are the planned dates and may be subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.
October November 2019 Meetings NAC NI Region Officers have participated at the following meetings: 11/10/2019 – NILGA Executive Meeting 23/10/2019 - Elected Member Development Steering Group Meeting in relation to the LGTG review 14/11/2019 – Meeting with the NIPSO Deputy Ombudsman in relation to the Code of Conduct 19/11/2019 – Meeting with DfC Officials in relation to the Code of Conduct review 20/11/2019 – NAC Members’ Meeting hosted by Newry, Mourne & Down District Council Members will be kept informed of outcomes and progress made.
NAC UK Executive Meetings and Conference Dates for 2020
Venue
13 January
London
National Executive Meeting
24-26 January
Ripon, N Yorkshire
Conference
28 February - 1 March
Glasgow
Conference
3 - 5 April
Scarborough
11 May
London
26 - 28 June
Blackpool/ Lytham
Conference
25 - 27 September
Sheffield
Conference
27 - 29 November
Liverpool
Conference and AGM
Date
Details
For further details and bookings please contact the NAC UK General Secretary: Councillor Brian Nelson, National Association of Councillors Tel: 0191 3789947 Email: generalsecretary@nationalassociationofcouncillors.org
Cancelled
Cancelled
Meeting on LGTG Review 22 January 2020 At this meeting the Chair of the Local Government Training Group (LGTG), Mr Stephen Reid advised that the contract for the e-learning portal currently provided by Learning Pool will be expiring soon but it can still be accessed until December 2020. He also said that an independent consultancy will carry out a review proposal with input from organisations including the NAC, the review will help decide how things go moving forward and benchmarks from across the UK will be looked at.
Meeting with SOLACE 17 January 2020 A meeting with representatives from SOLACE, NILGA and the NAC took place at the NILGA offices in Belfast. The NAC had put forward a number of items for the agenda in relation to our members’ concerns and following discussion the SOLACE Chair, Mr David Jackson, agreed to raise these matters with all council chief executives at the next SOLACE meeting which is scheduled to take place on 7 February 2020. We will keep our members updated on the meeting outcomes when feedback is received.