Parish Clerk announces retirement date

Parish Clerk Roland Hewson has announced his retirement date. He will step down on March 31st 2015, shortly before the current council reaches the end of its term.

Laurie Tucker, seated centre, with the current Colnbrook with Poyle Parish Council

Roland Hewson, here pictured with the last 2007-2011 parish council, back row, fourth from left.

Chair Peter Hood made the announcement ten days ago during to councillors.

Mr Hewson has been the clerk for Colnbrook with Poyle since it came into existence in 1995. He also fulfils the role of “responsible finance officer” (RFO) maintaining the parish books.

A “Parish Clerk and Responsible Finance Officer Designate” will be appointed to ensure a seamless handover.

Hood told the meeting of the Finance & Policy Committee that Mr Hewson’s retirement is an opportunity to look at the job description and future aspirations of the Council, presumably alluding to the stated aim to apply for Quality Parish accreditation next year.  The move would have implications for the role.

While accounting experience may be required to be an RFO there are no formal qualifications needed to be a parish clerk and the role can even be performed by a councillor on an unpaid basis. A clerk in a Quality Council, however, is expected to have a Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA) from the National Association of Local Councils (NALC), or equivalent.

Parish Clerks earn anywhere from £16,054 to £31,754 with recipients of a CiLCA commanding higher salaries.

Mr Hewson has already prepared a draft advertisement for his successor, and he will join Cllrs Hood and Angell in a “working party” to consider the role description.

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