Wingham Parish Council Vacancy 2023


Following the resignation of Peter Prebble last November, the Parish Council would like to co-opt a new councillor to fill the casual vacancy.

Skills/experience/knowledge/abilities essential for any Parish Councillor:-

  • Sound knowledge and understanding of local affairs and the local community
  • Solid interest in local matters
  • Ability and willingness to represent the Council and their community
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing
  • Ability and willingness to work closely with other members and to maintain good working relationships with staff
  • Good reading and analytic skills
  • Ability and willingness to work with the council’s partners (eg voluntary groups, other parish councils, principal authority, charities)
  • Ability and willingness to undertake relevant training
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability and willingness to attend meetings of the council (or the meetings of other local authorities and local bodies) in the evening and events in the evening and at weekends
  • Flexible
  • Enthusiastic

Other desirable, but not essential skills could be:-

  • A levels/Degree level and/or specific Vocational training or professional qualification (eg accountant, teacher, surveyor, architect)
  • Knowledge of HR, procurement, contract management, financial control or risk management and compliance, public relations
  • Experience of working in another public body or not for profit organisation
  • Experience of working with voluntary and or local community/ interest groups
  • Basic knowledge of legal issues relating to town and parish councils or local authorities Experience of delivering presentations
  • Experience of working with the media
  • Experience in financial control/budgeting
  • Experience of staff management

For more information on becoming and being a Parish Councillor please take a look at the Good Councillors Guide. This guide introduces the work of local councils and the part you play as a councillor in the tier of local government closest to the people. Its also a useful reference. It is divided into five parts to help you find your way as a new, or even as an experienced, councillor.

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