LCPD Trainer Biographies | HALC

LCPD Trainer Biographies

Our Trainer Biographies provide you with an informative brief of our trainer's educational and professional background


Dawn Hamblet - Chief Executive, 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.

Amy Taylor - Member Support Officer, Hampshire Association of Local Councils

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Di Morgan-Rawes (Training & Development Officer)

Di has worked in the training sector for over 35 years running her own training business and in various organisations providing IT, Project Management and Management Skills training, winning national recognition through the Institute of IT Training, Training Manager of the Year. 

Steve Parkinson (Associate Trainer)

Steve Parkinson has been involved in financial training for 20 years 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.

Simon Catterall (Associate Trainer)

Simon is a solicitor at Tozers Solicitors LLP Exeter and has over 35 years' experience in the field of town and country planning. He has acted for local planning authorities and local councils, as well as the private sector in many housing, retail and commercial schemes. To find out more about Simon please click on this link to Tozers Solicitors website.