About YLCA

Please note that YLCA is a member organisation and our Officers cannot advise members of the public on matters relating to specific parish and town councils. If you have a query about an individual parish or town council you should contact the relevant Clerk or Chairman.

Yorkshire Local Councils Associations is an independent membership organisation which includes over 500 local councils (parish, community, town councils and parish meetings) throughout North, South and West Yorkshire. The Associations are a federation of three 'county associations' which have agreed to work jointly and to deliver their services on a joint basis. Affiliated to the National Association of Local Councils, YLCA works to support councils by giving members legal and technical advice, information and training relevant to their work and generally to support their work and governance. YLCA has a sound democratic structure which promoted the ownership and involvement of the members and allows the Associations to speak with authority on behalf of local councils and parish meetings. This, in conjunction with its highly knowledgeable staff team, ensures that the Associations have a deep knowledge and understanding of the situation and needs of local councils of all shapes and sizes across a considerable swathe of rural and urban England.

Core work includes:

  • Delivering specialist information and training to members;
  • Offering casework advice on legal, procedural and technical matters;
  • Drawing members together to address issues of mutual interest;
  • Liaising with principal authorities, government departments and other local/regional/national agencies on matters affecting parish and town council;
  • Delivering specific work or projects;

The Associations are in membership of the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) and are managed by a Joint Executive Board elected from the membership on a proportional geographic basis.

The Associations have four advisory officers:

Mrs Sheena Spence – Chief Officer
Mr Chris Pilkington - Deputy Chief Officer
Mr David Morton – Local Councils Officer
Mrs Nicola Moorcroft - Local Councils Officer 

The administration officer is Mrs Joy Morgan

The Joint Annual General Meeting appoints a President who is currently Mr Michael Elsmore.  There are five Vice-Presidents who are Mr Ian Strong MBE, MPs Craig Whitaker, Julian Sturdy, Nigel Adams and former MP Anne Macintosh.  The Chairman of the Joint Executive Board is Cllr Dr John R Dunford (South Pennine Branch).

The information contained on this website is the intellectual property of Yorkshire Local Councils Associations and is therefore copyright to YLCA. In this respect it is only available to constituent members of YLCA through their clerk. Councils must pass a formal resolution to give access details for the members only section to their councillors.