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Medway first council in Kent to receive charter

Date: 26/08/2008           Category: Learning and Achievement

Medway Council has become the first council in Kent to achieve the South East Charter for Member Development. The South East Charter has been developed by South East Employers, in partnership with the Improvement and Development Agency. It is based on the well established and successful North West Employers’ Charter regional Member Development Charter, which all councils in that region have made a commitment to. The Charter is committed to developing Elected Members in order to achieve the council’s aims and objectives, which includes a member learning and development plan. There are five key stages in working towards the South East Charter on Elected Member Development; signing up to the Charter and forming an action plan, improving the development of elected members, assessment, awarding the charter and finally, re-assessment. Medway Council’s Learning and Development team submitted a portfolio of evidence to South East employers in June 2006. An on-site assessment was carried out by a team of Elected Members/Officers of South East Employers, and the council was informed of its success at the end of May this year. Neil Davies, Chief Executive of Medway Council, presented the award to Cllr Mrs Janice Bamber, Portfolio Holder for Customer First and Corporate Services on Thursday, 21 August at Medway Council’s offices in Gun Wharf, Chatham. Cllr Bamber said: "it is a great privilege to receive this award and we're very proud that Medway has become the first council in Kent to receive it. I'd like to personally thank all members and staff involved in achieving the charter". ENDS Editors: For more information contact Lisa Caleno on 01634 338308 or email lisa.caleno@medway.gov.uk Photograph 1 Cllr Mrs Janice Bamber receives the South East Charter from Medway’s Chief Executive, Neil Davies Photograph 2, from left to right; Back Row (from left to right): Cllrs Matthew Bright, Paul Godwin, Maureen Ruparel, David Royle, Geoff Juby and Leader of Medway Council, Cllr Rodney Chambers Front Row (from left to right): Cllrs Diana Smith, Janice Bamber, Ken Bamber and Julie Shaw Photograph 3, from left to right: Jane Ringham, Head of Member Services and Elections; Cllr Mrs Janice Bamber; Helen Parkes, Learning and Development Officer; Anne Louise Clark, Head of Learning and Organisational Development