The role of the Parish Clerk is to ensure that the Council conducts its business properly and to provide independent, objective and professional advice and support. The Parish Clerk is also the officer responsible for the administration of the Parish Council finances.

The Parish Clerk is responsible for implementing council policy; ensuring the council acts within the law; advising the council on all aspects of its work.  It is the Parish Clerk who prepares and posts notices, is responsible for writing the agenda and minutes, keeps the council’s records, deals with correspondence, arranges the council’s insurance and issues the precept.  In the case of Hook Norton, the Parish Clerk also deals with hire of the Memorial Hall, the allocation of burial plots and the management of allotment tenancies.

The Parish Clerk has a key role in advising the council on governance and ethical and procedural matters.