Alison Robinson

Chief Executive Officer: Alison Robinson
Cranham House (the OPEX
Building), Falcon Close, Green
Farm Business Park, Gloucester

  • 2018 Buckingham Palace Garden party

    2018 Buckingham Palace Garden party

  • Cllr Kevin Wilcox and his wife, Anita, at Buckingham Palace Garden Party

    Cllr Kevin Wilcox and his wife, Anita, at Buckingham Palace Garden Party

  • 2018 Buckingham Palace Garden party

    2018 Buckingham Palace Garden party

  • Representation


    Promoting and developing the work of local councils at district, regional and national levels.

Formed by Parish Councils --- Run for Parish Councils --- Delivering to Parish Councils

The Gloucestershire Association of Parish and Town Councils (GAPTC) is a not for profit membership organisation, representing, training and advising the parish and town councils of Gloucestershire, who form the grass roots tier (or first level) of local government in England.

GAPTC offer members a resource of vital, operational information and facilitate communication at all levels of the parish network - district, county, regional and national.

As a membership association we are unable to deal with queries from the public, but we are happy to make general information available through this website, which helps to increase understanding and awareness about the sector.

Latest News

Forest of Dean Dementia Action Alliance - why you should join up

You should all have been contacted by now by one of the Dementia Friendly Community Enablers to introduce themselves to you and to:

  • Talk to you about Dementia Friendly Communities
  • Ask you to become a member of the Forest of Dean Dementia Action Alliance.

We would like to get every Parish and Town Council signed up by the end of this year. Why?

  • Some of the needs highlighted by people living with dementia and their carers/families in the district need money to make them happen.
  • National and Regional funding opportunities become available periodically and we are working proactively with commissioners. Any application would be much much stronger if we could evidence that we are working with all tiers of local government. By signing up to the Alliance you could enable funding to be levered in to the District which could improve the lives of vulnerable people in your community.

Becoming a member of the Alliance is a mutually beneficial process More »

  • The membership form asks you to identify potential actions but the Alliance, the Dementia Friendly Community Enablers and I, are here for every councillor. When a need is raised you have us to call upon for advice and assistance.

Dr Martin Anstell, Consultant in Old Age Psychiatry for 2gether NHSFT working in the Forest of Dean, is one of our latest members. J

How do you sign up? - contact me on and I will send you an application form.

If you have already signed up – many thanks

There are a few parish councils who have had an enabler to a meeting, and have actually "done things" like organise an awareness session for your community, put information on your website and newsletter…… but have not completed a membership form. I know you have many calls on your time but please do complete and return the form

Those of you who haven't been in touch with your Enabler please can I ask you to do so?

If you have any query please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards

Lena Maller

PS whilst we are working intentionally on enabling Dementia Friendly Communities, by definition these are more welcoming, tolerant and understanding communities which are more resilient and inclusive.

Dementia Friendly Community Enablers:

Posted: Mon, 15 Oct 2018 14:09 by Anita Sach

GAPTC Chief Exec pleased to be part of the winning team in partnership with Stroud District Council

GAPTC Chief Exec pleased to be part of the winning team in partnership with Stroud District Council

Stroud District Council is celebrating winning a prestigious competition designed to test the mettle of the next generation of senior staff.

The Stroud District Council partnership team, run in conjunction with Gloucestershire Association of Parish and Town Councils and NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, scooped the top award ahead of 21 other teams at the annual South West Challenge. More »

Set the challenge of running a fictional council as a senior management team by organisers South West Councils, the Stroud team produced a plan to turn around council finances, and improve performance and public perception, while dealing with a wide variety of problems thrown at them throughout the day.

The team of GAPTC's Alison Robinson, SDC's Chloe Lloyd, Susan Turner, Charlotte Boileau and Ben Falconer, and NHS Gloucestershire CCG's Helen Edwards emerged as winners at the Exeter event on Thursday, October 4. Alison also made it in to the top three delegates who took on the role of chief executive at the role play event.

Working as a team, they linked up with neighbouring councils and with partner organisations to deliver a new strategy for the council. They dealt with sensitive issues while keeping focus on delivering the best public services on a limited budget.

Last year Stroud District Council finished third and Chief Executive David Hagg was delighted with the win.

"It is a very tough day and the experience is more important than the result," said Mr Hagg, who retires today after 17 years as Chief Executive of SDC. "However I am delighted that our partnership team – the first of its kind with members from across the public sector – showed all the attributes that it takes to run a council when money is tight."

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Posted: Wed, 10 Oct 2018 14:27 by Anita Sach

NALC poll shows support for single code of conduct

The majority of town and parish councils support the introduction of a single, mandatory code of conduct, according to a new poll conducted by the National Association of Local Councils' (NALC).The research found 90% of those surveyed support the same code of conduct for all local authorities.

Nearly 70% would also like new powers to impose additional sanctions, with 60% saying current sanctions are insufficient to punish breaches of the code or deter future breaches. More »

Cllr Sue Baxter, Chairman of NALC, said: "In light of our research, we are asking the government to invest £2m towards a national training programme that would see all new councillors undertake training on ethical standards and the code of conduct as part of their induction."

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Posted: Tue, 02 Oct 2018 15:15 by Alison Robinson