LALC Personnel News

The Lancashire Association of Local Councils (LALC) recently sent out a news update, with details of several personnel changes which may be of interest. The text of their email, and a link to the full version, is provided below:


I hope you are well.

I wanted to update you that our long-serving Chief Officer, Marion Gelder, will be retiring from LALC on 31 January 2022. Marion has been a key player in the sector and served LALC for 17 years. On behalf of everyone at LALC, I would like to thank Marion for her sterling work over the years and her support of parish/town councils across Lancashire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester. We wish her well for the future.

We are moving to an exciting new agile model with the appointment of two new members of staff, one looking after member services and engagement with parish/town councils and the second leading on training and events. These posts will be home-based and allow us to serve our members better and be more flexible and responsive to their needs.

I’m very pleased to say we have made two excellent appointments to these posts:

Debra Platt – Member Services and Engagement Officer

Debra has 22 years experience as a clerk at a large parish council and experience as clerk to two other parish councils, was previously a LALC area secretary for a number of years, is CilCA qualified, a national SLCC advisor and for NALC carries out triaging of the Local Council Awards Scheme applications.

Val Watson – Training Co-ordinator

Val has 7 years experience of providing administrative support at LALC, which included supporting our events, conferences and training programme. Val has a wealth of experience in different tiers of local government and public sector organisations in a variety of customer service and front-facing roles.

We will ask Debra and Val to introduce themselves in a future newsletter – I know they are really looking forward to working with you – but in the meantime, if you wish to contact Debra drop her an email at or call 07950 28 1111.

Both Debra and Val have hit the ground running and started the handover process to make sure there is a smooth transition.

The current contact details for LALC will remain the same for now and I would encourage you to get in touch if you need any advice, guidance and support. I would encourage you to keep up to date with the work that LALC does on your behalf via Twitter and our website.

Thank you for your continued support.

With best wishes for Christmas and New Year.

Yours sincerely,


Darren Cranshaw
Chair of Lancashire Association of Local Councils (LALC)
& Chair of Brindle Parish Council, Chorley


Read the full version online at this link