Who We Are

The Somerset Association of Local Councils (SALC) represents, supports, trains, and provides advisory services to more than 260-member city, town, and parish councils and parish meetings across Somerset.

We are the first point of contact when guidance is needed by member councils on all aspects of local government.

SALC is one of 40 county associations affiliated to the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) and we appoint a councillor to sit on the National Council as the representative for Somerset. NALC plays a pivotal role in lobbying the government to ensure the views of city, parish, and town councils are heard, and SALC acts to ensure Somerset has a voice in this process. 

SALC is also the body responsible for checking and submitting all borrowing applications from Somerset’s parish and town councils to the Secretary of State.

The SALC office is staffed by a team of four officers, led by Justin Robinson, Chief Executive Officer. All members of the team can be contacted via info@somerset-alc.org.uk

Meet the Team

Our advice, guidance, and training covers a raft of topics including financial, legal, human resources, health and wellbeing, governance and procedural issues. Members can view and download from this website the latest NALC legal topic notes, policy briefings, publications, document templates, and other sector specific information.

Justin Robinson BA(Hons) MA

Chief Executive Officer

Justin joined SALC in 2013 with significant knowledge and experience of the sector.

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Justin Robinson BA(Hons) MA

Justin joined SALC in 2013 with significant knowledge and experience of the sector. Justin has served as a parish clerk, councillor, including as a town mayor, and is a former deputy leader of the county council, where he held the community services portfolio for four years and served as chairman to a number of strategic and project boards. Justin enjoys representing SALC at the local and national level and delivers a variety of training direct to councillors and clerks. Justin is available full time Monday to Friday (including some evenings) to provide advice to members on all local council matters.

Sam Winter LLB(Hons) Assoc. CIPD

Council and Business Support Officer
Sam worked for SALC between 2013 and 2017, leaving to work full time as a clerk within parish and town councils.
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Sam Winter LLB(Hons) PSLCC Assoc. CIPD

Sam worked for SALC between 2013 and 2017, leaving to work full time as a qualified clerk within parish and town councils. On her return to SALC in 2022, Sam’s role includes responding to members' enquiries and sharing updates through her regular newsletter. As a qualified adult trainer, Sam leads on SALC’s Essential Clerk training and delivers training for the CiLCA qualification. Sam is qualified in human resources as a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development, and is a qualified workplace mediator compliant with the Civil Mediation Council. Sam is available full time Monday to Friday to provide advice to members on all local council matters.

Ann Diment CFIOSH MSc BSc (Hons)

Health & Wellbeing Officer

Ann is helping SALC to deliver its health and wellbeing project, which aims to reduce health inequalities for Somerset residents.

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Ann Diment CFIOSH MSc BSc (Hons)

Ann is helping SALC to deliver its health and wellbeing project, which aims to reduce health inequalities for Somerset residents. Ann is taking the lead on providing all parish and town councils with dedicated support, networking opportunities and training to deliver the 3-year programme. Ann has influenced health, safety, and wellbeing management across the UK for over 20 years in a range of settings and recently managed the ‘Thriving Communities Somerset’ social prescribing project with Spark Somerset. Ann is available full time Monday to Friday to provide advice to all councils on health and wellbeing matters.

Simon Pritchard

Assistant County Executive Officer

Simon joined SALC in 2017 and works part time, Mondays and Fridays.

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Simon Pritchard

Simon joined SALC in 2017 and works part time, Mondays and Fridays.

Simon served for almost a decade as a town & district councillor before becoming a CiLCA qualified local council officer. Simon delivers new councillor training for SALC. 

He is available on Mondays and Fridays to provide advice to members on all local council matters

SALC runs training courses for both member and non-member councils on a wide range of issues, including popular topics such as:

Training for all councillors

Specialist training for the council chairman

Essential courses for clerks

We also partner with external training providers in specialist areas. Information on our scheduled training courses can be seen on our Training page.

Company Name: Somerset Association of Local Councils Limited
Address of Registered Office: Edgar Hall, Somerton Business Park, Somerton, Somerset, TA11 6SB
Company Number and Place of Registration: No: 11942896 registered in England and Wales

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