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.
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.
Next Meeting NAC AGM 11am on Friday 2 October 2020 The Glenavon House Hotel, Cookstown ** MEMBERS MUST REGISTER TO ATTEND, SEE THE HOME PAGE FOR FURTHER DETAILS**
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
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
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
 
 
 
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.
NAC February 2020 Members’ Meeting The first NAC Members’ Meeting for 2020 took place on 19 February in Mossley Mill, Newtownabbey. The Mayor of Antrim & Newtownabbey, Ald John Smyth greeted attendees as they arrived and in his welcome address to the NAC members, he spoke about the borough’s success at the December 2019 all Ireland IPB Pride of Place Awards where they were named as the Best Local Authority.
The NAC Chair, Ald Tommy Sandford, asked Ald Smyth to convey our thanks to Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council for hosting the meeting.
NAC MEETINGS UPDATE – September 2020 The NAC Executive Committee monthly meetings in July and August took place by Zoom but for the September meeting we have arranged to meet in person, whilst operating within the government guidelines for social distancing. If this goes according to plan the meeting will take place on Monday 7 September 2020 at The Guildhall, Derry/Londonderry. We had our first Zoom Members’ Meeting during August and, despite a few minor teething problems, many of our members joined in and welcomed the opportunity to receive feedback on the NAC’s actions, take part in the discussions, and share details on how our various councils are currently operating under the challenges of the COVID-19 restrictions. The NAC Annual General Meeting is still scheduled for Friday 2 October 2020 and we are working through the practicalities as to whether this can take place in our chosen venue of the Glenavon House Hotel in Cookstown, as it has done in the past few years. We will inform members when this is confirmed.
These are currently suspended due to COVID-19, when we receive details from the NAC UK General Secretary, Cllr Brian Nelson on future events, we will inform our Members.
National Association of Councillors AGM 2019
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.
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.
Next Meeting NAC AGM 11am on Friday 2 October 2020 The Glenavon House Hotel, Cookstown ** MEMBERS MUST REGISTER TO ATTEND, SEE THE HOME PAGE FOR FURTHER DETAILS**
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
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
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.
NAC February 2020 Members’ Meeting The first NAC Members’ Meeting for 2020 took place on 19 February in Mossley Mill, Newtownabbey. The Mayor of Antrim & Newtownabbey, Ald John Smyth greeted attendees as they arrived and in his welcome address to the NAC members, he spoke about the borough’s success at the December 2019 all Ireland IPB Pride of Place Awards where they were named as the Best Local Authority.
The NAC Chair, Ald Tommy Sandford, asked Ald Smyth to convey our thanks to Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council for hosting the meeting.
NAC MEETINGS UPDATE – September 2020 The NAC Executive Committee monthly meetings in July and August took place by Zoom but for the September meeting we have arranged to meet in person, whilst operating within the government guidelines for social distancing. If this goes according to plan the meeting will take place on Monday 7 September 2020 at The Guildhall, Derry/Londonderry. We had our first Zoom Members’ Meeting during August and, despite a few minor teething problems, many of our members joined in and welcomed the opportunity to receive feedback on the NAC’s actions, take part in the discussions, and share details on how our various councils are currently operating under the challenges of the COVID-19 restrictions. The NAC Annual General Meeting is still scheduled for Friday 2 October 2020 and we are working through the practicalities as to whether this can take place in our chosen venue of the Glenavon House Hotel in Cookstown, as it has done in the past few years. We will inform members when this is confirmed.
These are currently suspended due to COVID-19, when we receive details from the NAC UK General Secretary, Cllr Brian Nelson on future events, we will inform our Members.