Chief Executive Officer

Jayne Cole is a widely recognised and popular expert in the Parish and Town Councils and Parish Meetings field and is renowned for delivering advice on complex issues in clear, non jargon language with straight forward solutions. Friendly and approachable, you will find it easy to discuss any matter with Jayne in the knowledge, that it will be in complete confidence

Jayne has been advising Parish ,Town Council and Parish Meetings in law and procedure for many years, including three years very successful years as Chief Executive Officer to Local Council Public Advisory Service. Over the last three years LCPAS has attracted 100's of Councils into subscription making it the fastest growing support body. LCPAS has also achieved and maintained a very high resubscription rate. Jayne has also leads a Training Team that has trained in excess of 1,200 delegates including, clerks, councillors, councils and other officers.

Jayne previously spent seven years as Deputy Chief Executive Officer for Suffolk Association of Local Councils.

Jayne has helped resolve disputes, relationships issues, developed new services, undertakes transfer of assets, employment matters , has dealt with theft and fraud cases, appearing as an expert witness in County Court and Employment Tribunals, and Employment Disciplinary. Sat on Standards Adjudications, Writes and delivers technical training for councillors and officers plus speaks at conferences and events. Jayne also advises colleagues in other local authorities on matters relating to parish and town councils.  

Jayne delivers the Certificate in Local Councils for LCPAS and advises councils undertaking the The Quality Council scheme, assisting councils to take their applications forward and qualify.

Jayne also helps councils recruit staff , advised on appraisals, job evaluations, salaries,  grievances and other employment related issues . 

Jayne  helped to draft and  implement  the Suffolk Code of Conduct while at SALC,  working locally with  colleagues within local authorities,  helping to ensure that Suffolk has a single clear code and advice applicable to all councillors to adhere to.  This included written guidance on the new code, interests and the application  of dispensations.

Jayne has vast experience in writing and advising on Standing Orders,  Financial  Regulations, Contracts, Deeds, leases, Licences,  Agreements and all other related documents as well as creating advisory notes and  summaries of Acts, Bills, Consultations and topic notes.

Over the years, Jayne has also served as vice-chair to a parish council, served as a member of Standards Committee taking part in adjudications, served on an Equality and Inclusion Panel, served on a Monitoring Officers group,  served as an officer to a town council and has participated in many national  programs.

In addition Jayne is a experienced Computer Engineer and can help with IT, Networking & Social Media related matters.

Jayne has two children, David has recenty graduated in History and is working for Suffolk University, Sophie also recently graduated and works works part-time as an office assistant and database manager with LCPAS.  Jayne was born in Essex and has lived the majority of her life in West Suffolk.

LCPAS are based in Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk and we travel across the Country assisting Councils and delivering Training.

 Whatever your  query is, or problem you need help with, Jayne will be very  happy and able to assist you.  

Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Julia Prior was trained in the Women’s Royal Army Corps with the Signals Regiment serving in UK and Hong Kong as a Data Telegraphist. After leaving the forces Julia used her army training working in London for Marine Midland Bank, Shipping Companies and Chrysalis Records. After which Julia returned to her home town of Gosport in Hampshire and became a book-keeper for a Fareham ESSO garage. This included office administration, bought ledger accounts, stock ordering and staff training. This led to a position with B & Q as a Remedial Works Administrator responsible for liaising with B & Q’s customers and kitchen, bathroom fitters. This entailed negotiation on costs and organising the work in a timely fashion and ensuring that all work was carried out to the customers’ satisfaction.  After three years in this role, Julia set up her own business dealing in books. This involved sourcing stock, financial management and dealing with members of the public. In 2009 Julia  opened a shop selling books, gifts and an art gallery and training facilities. Julia was completely responsible for the day to day running of the enterprise and business development. A number of different courses were offered and Julia was responsible for the tutors and the administration of each event.

As DCEO of LCPAS, Julia is responsible for the day to day administration of the office, bookings for training and the accounts. Julia also undertakes a marketing and advertising role, sources suitable event and training venues and also liaises with councillors and clerks requiring appointments and additional or follow up work required. Julia is also responsible for handling subscriptions and renewals. Julia is now part of the growing training team specialising in Health and Safety and organises the training events, bookings and venues. As the first port of contact Julia is always delighted to be of assistance.

Julia was born in Gosport in Hampshire and moved to Suffolk in 2009. During Julia’s time in Suffolk she has served on a Market Town Partnership and a Town Team (Mary Portas pilot bid). Julia enjoys playing an active role in the community and has helped at various local events.  Julia has an interest in antiques, auctions and often attends antique fairs.

Just a very few of Jayne's Professional Endorsements: 

"In our time of need we were  extremely  fortunate to have your knowledge, experience and dedication to guide us through" Flixton, St Cross & Mgt St Elmham

'I believe we would not of stayed in post without your expert help " Badingham PC

"Many thanks for all your advice and assistance, with your friendly and approachable manner it has been a pleasure working with you" Beccles TC

" I can say very truthfully that you have been a real help and asset whenever the town council needed help, you have always given excellent advice" Newmarket TC

" Thank you on behalf of Chelsworth Parish Meeting, for the work for have done on our behalf, and the insights and knowledge that you have brought to bear on our concerns. You have been our mainstay and our  security  blanket for many years and helped us stay sane in a bureaucratic world. Thank you particularly for your help extending our powers as parish meeting, I think even Babergh DC were startled by that!" Chelsworth Parish Meeting

"Your help and information has been always invaluable and always given with a smile" Gt Barton PC

" Thank you so much for your help and advice" Glemsford PC

" Thank you for your perspective and wisdom" Felixstowe TC

" Thank you for all your help and support" Melton PC

" Thank you on behalf of councillors and staff for your help and guidance you have given us over the years" Hadleigh TC

" Thanks for help, support and good advice over the last few years" Framlingham TC