The Improvement and Development Board (IDB) develops the strategy for, and oversees the operation of, improvement and development initiatives in the local council sector in England, It was established in 2013 by agreement between the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) and the Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC).


The core aims of the Improvement and Development Board are to:

  • Support County Associations of Local Councils (CALCs), SLCC branches and County Training Partnerships (CTPs) by providing strategic direction and a forum for discussion, consultation and collaboration for improvement and development initiatives

  • Engage with external stakeholders, including central government departments and the local government association, on improvement and development issues affecting local councils

  • Promote and maintain quality and consistency and develop a sustainable funding model for sector improvement and development initiatives


  • Jonathan Flowers, chairman
  • Cllr Sue Baxter
  • Cllr Kevin Wilson MBE
  • Elisabeth Skinner, SLCC
  • Rob Smith, SLCC
  • Linda Carter, SLCC
  • Linda Roberts, SLCC
  • Jackie Weaver
  • Jonathan Owen
  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) representive
  • Local Government Association (LGA) representive


The key programmes overseen by the Improvement and Development Board are the Local Council Award Scheme, Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA) and local councillor training packs.

Agendas, papers and minutes can be found in the members area.


All queries should be sent to:  or on 020 7290 0319.