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Jon Brown - Learning and Development Officer, Hampshire Association of Local Councils
Jon worked in democratic services and elections in a number of local authorities between 1990 and 2015. His post at HALC involves responsibility for managing the training and events service. This includes identifying training and development needs as well as planning, organising and delivering/overseeing appropriate training. In addition to his post at HALC, Jon works as a Lecturer with the Open University, teaching on social science modules.
Vendy Treagust - Member Support Officer, Hampshire Association of Local Councils
Vendy joined Hampshire Association of Local Councils (the ALC) in January 2009 as Parish Liaison Officer (covering maternity leave). The appointment subsequently became permanent with the new title of Member Support Officer heading up the desk-top query service providing information, advice and guidance to member councils. She is also part of the ALC training team.
Vendy’s role is supported by her experience as a practitioner having worked as a parish clerk for several years before joining the ALC. Prior to joining the local council sector she worked in a diverse range of environments including the travel industry, a county-wide Chamber of Commerce and TEC, town centre management and a community resource centre.
Vendy holds the sector recognized qualification Cert HE in Local Policy, which she gained in 2006; and in 2013 achieved a first-class honours degree in Community Engagement and Governance.
Dawn Hamblet - HR/Employment Officer, Hampshire Association of Local Councils
Dawn has a number of years of experience working in senior HR roles in the Public and Private sectors in Small, Medium and Large Organisations.
She has been working with LCPD since 2014 on various Human Resources Projects and has gained a good insight into the sector during this time. She runs her own HR consultancy and regularly lectures on HR Professional courses for a large university.
Dawn holds a Master’s degree in Business strategy and Employment Law and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (the Human Resources professional body in the UK). She has broad experience in all aspects of HR but has particular specialisms in Employment Law, Management Training and Employee Relations. Dawn now heads up the LCPD service on behalf of HALC.
Steve Parkinson (Associate Trainer)
Steve Parkinson has been involved in financial training for 20 years with and has delivered VAT and finance courses for local councils since 2009. He served as Town Clerk for Alton in Hampshire from 2001 to 2015 and has 30 years of local government finance experience at county, district and town council level. A member of the Association of Accounting Technicians for over 25 years, he became a Fellow in 1996.
Since 2013 Steve has been Chairman of the Joint Practitioners Advisory Group (JPAG), which produces guidance for smaller authorities and he is widely recognised for his knowledge of local council finance and VAT. He currently works part-time for the Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC) and has his own business, providing training and consultancy.
In 2009 the Hampshire ALC awarded Steve the status of Local Council Ambassador for his work as an advocate for the sector and SLCC awarded him their Outstanding Contribution award in 2010.