Ever wondered what a Borough Councillor's role entails?

Ever wondered what a Borough Councillor's role entails?
I did! I was elected as a Councillor for the Lynn South & West ward of the Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk on 5th May 2011.

A little bit about me:
I have lived in South Lynn for 7 years with my wife and work locally for the Norfolk Primary Care Trust as an IT Manager.

I am a Labour Councillor and whilst the local Labour group made some encouraging gains in the May elections (moving from 4 councillors to 13) we are still very much a minority opposition as the Tories hold 42 of the 64 council seats.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Giving the Union Dues

Have spent the evening at an awards ceremony for the HPMA Excellence in HRM 2011 Awards. I was invited along as a member of NHS Norfolk's Staff Management Council (in my role as a Unison Rep). NHS Norfolk was nominated in the Social Partnership/Partnership Working category for is work in having implemented a true partnership Staff Management council for commissioning staff from scratch after the formation of Norfolk Community Health & Care took most of the previous union members and all of the representatives/stewards etc. out of NHS Norfolk.
Working with the unions (in particular Unison) the HR team encouraged remaining members to become more involved and formed a Staff Management Council that has helped to steer the organisation through some very difficult times with a new Chief Exec implementing a new management structure followed by a consultation to 'right-size' the organisation and prepare for the effects of the Governments' Health White Paper.
Thanks to the sterling efforts of a now departed (to another NHS body) HR Advisor, Damon Williams, the excellent partnership working and presentation in front of the judging panel by another HR advisor, Michelle Pelling & our Unison Link, Noel Glover... and of course the continued good work of the staff and management side reps on the SMC, we won the award! A great feeling! It recognises the work we all put in as a group on behalf of the whole organisation.

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