Being a Councillor
|Name of Local Council:||Merton Parish Council|
|Description of Office:||Parish Councillor|
DESIRABLE (not exhaustive)
|Relevant knowledge, Education, Professional Qualifications & Training|
§ Sound knowledge and understanding of local affairs and the local community.
§ Vocation or professional qualification
|Experience, Skills, Knowledge and Ability|
§ Solid interest in local matters.
§ Ability and willingness to represent the Council and their community.
§ Good interpersonal skills.
§ Ability to communicate succinctly and clearly both orally and in writing.
§ Ability and willingness to work closely with other members and to maintain good working relationships with all members and staff.
§ Good reading and analytic skills.
§ Ability and willingness to work with the council’s partners (e.g. voluntary groups, other parish councils, principal authority, charities).
§ Ability and willingness to undertake relevant training.
§ Ability to work under pressure.
§ Experience of working or being a member in a local authority or other public body.
§ 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.
§ Good standard of computer literacy.
§ Experience of delivering presentations.
§ Experience of working with the media.
§ Experience in financial control/ budgeting.
§ HR experience.
§ 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 and committed to the Council
§ Willingness to take on leadership roles