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The following are the criteria on which a persons suitability for co-option to become a councillor will be considered.

Relevant knowledge, Education, Professional Qualifications & Training.


  • Sound knowledge and understanding of local affairs and the local community.
  • Other requirements as appropriate.


  • A levels/Degree level and or
  • Specific Vocational training or professional qualification (e.g. accountant, teacher, surveyor, architect) may be specified.

Experience, Skills, Knowledge and Ability.


  • Solid interest in local matters.
  • Ability and willingness to represent the Council and their community.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing.
  • Ability and willingness to work closely with other members and to maintain good working relationships with all members and staff.
  • Good reading and analytic skills.
  • Ability and willingness to work with the council’s partners (e.g. voluntary groups, other parish councils, principal authority, charities).
  • Ability and willingness to undertake relevant training.
  • Ability to work under pressure.


  • Knowledge of HR, procurement, contract management, financial control or risk management and compliance, public relations.
  • Experience of working in another public body or not for profit organisation.
  • Experience of working with voluntary and or local community/ interest groups.
  • Basic knowledge of legal issues relating to town and parish councils or local authorities.
  • Experience of delivering presentations.
  • Experience of working with the media.
  • Experience in financial control/budgeting.
  • Experience of staff management.

Other requirements:


  • Ability and willingness to attend meetings of the council (or the meetings of other local authorities and local bodies) in the evening and events in the evening and at weekends.
  • Flexible.
  • Enthusiastic.

For reference you may wish to view this sample Parish Councillor Job Description.

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