Herstmonceux Parish Council

Serving the people of Herstmonceux Parish

Clerk: Clare Harrison
The Parish Office, 4 The Old
Forge, Gardner Street
Herstmonceux, East Sussex
BN27 4LG

Tel: 01323 833312

Clare Harrison

Clare Harrison

Clerk to the Parish Council

Address
Parish Office, 4 The Old Forge
Gardner Street
Telephone
01323 833312

The Clerk is the Proper Officer of the council, the principle executive and independent and objective adviser who provides legal and procedural advice to manage, guide and support the Council in its duties, (must do's), and its powers, (can choose to do), and limitations.

The Clerk is required to give clear guidance to Councillors, including the Chair,
before decisions are reached, even when that guidance may be unpalatable. The Clerk must also liaise with the Monitoring Officer at the district council on ethical issues and the Councillors' Register of Interests.

The Clerk is responsible for advising the council on staffing provision and managing the recruitment process. In smaller councils the Clerk may also carry out the role of the Finance Officer.

Many parish councils encourage their clerks to seek professional recognition for the
work that they do. A qualified Clerk is one of several pre-requisites for a parish council
achieving Quality Council status and also in becoming a council eligible to exercise the power of competency. The council is responsible for all decisions.

The Clerk:

  • has a statutory duty to carry out all the functions of a local authority's Proper Officer according to statute;
  • implementats actions as requested by the Council, who make the decisions;
  • provides effective management of the council, it's resources and its employees;
  • is the delegated representative for making of urgent decisions on behalf of Council.
Karen Crowhurst

Karen Crowhurst

Responsible Finance Officer

Address
Parish Office, 4 The Old Forge
Gardner Street
Telephone
01323 833312

The Council must employ a Responsible Finance Officer (RFO) who has the responsibility for the proper administration of their financial affairs, (Local Government Act 1972 S151).

The RFO is a Proper Officer of the Council, the employee who manages the Council's financial records and activities. the RFO has specific duties relating to the
budget, annual accounts and audit ensures proper financial management and transparency.

The RFO is responsible for the financial administration of the Parish Council;

  • overseeing the implementation of financial procedures in accordance with duties and powers set out in s151 of The LGA 1972;
  • Ensureing that these procedures comply with proper practices as per the Accounts and Audit regulations in the 'Governance and Accountability for smaller authorities in England, March 2017 Practitioners Guide.