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New campus marks milestone with impressive wall display

22 Nov 2017

New campus marks milestone with impressive wall display

A stunning tile mural has been unveiled at Northampton College’s Daventry campus to mark the building’s first birthday. The display was...

One year celebrations at Daventry Campus as mural is unveiled

17 Nov 2017

A commemorative mural is being launched and unveiled at Daventry Campus on Tuesday (21st November) – part of the college’s...

roger morrisI was born in Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, UK, and brought up in St Helens, Lancashire, from where I attended Liverpool College (1955-64) and read Law at Peterhouse, Cambridge (1964-67). I was also awarded the postgraduate Cambridge LL.B and LL.M degrees in 1971 and 1975 respectively, and a PhD at Leicester University in 2015.

After early career experience in local government law at St. Helens and Grimsby, in April 1981 I became Chief Executive of the City of Durham, moving in June 1986 to become Chief Executive and Town Clerk of Northampton Borough Council. I retired from there in July 2004.

I have been professionally active in local government throughout my career, and was President of the Association of District Secretaries in 1979-80, President of SOLACE in 1995-96, and also President of its trade union counterpart ALACE for some years up to 2004. I have been a member of the Law Society’s Board for its Diploma of Local Government Law and Practice since its inception in 1982, and have chaired it for some twenty years. I still have a current Solicitor’s practising certificate.

I have written widely, including Parliament and the Public Libraries (1977); The Public Lending Right Handbook (1980); Solicitors and Local Authorities (1982); Local Government Ground Rules (1990); (with Roger Paine) Will You Manage? The Needs of Local Authority Chief Executives (1995); and (with Mark Heath) Running Elections (7th edition, 2013) and Local Government, Local Legislation (2016).

I served as Chairman of the Corporation of Northampton College from 2005 - 2015 and remain a Governor; I am a Trustee and Deputy Chair of the Victoria County History Trust for Northamptonshire and a consultant for the Association of Local Authority Chief Executives (ALACE).

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