Minutes of a meeting held on 12th March, 2014.


Present: Councillor N. Moore (Chairman); Councillor S.C. Egan (Vice-Chairman); Councillors L. Burnett, C.P. Franks, G. John and J.W. Thomas.



928            MINUTES –


RESOLVED – T H A T the minutes of the meeting held on 1st October, 2013 be approved as a correct record.





No declarations were received.





RESOLVED - T H A T under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Part 4 of Schedule 12A (as amended) of the Act, the relevant paragraphs of the Schedule being referred to in brackets after the minute heading.





Matters under consideration by the Committee were as a consequence of the Corporate and Customer Services and Resources Directorates’ review proposals which had been previously endorsed by the Cabinet at its meeting held on 24th February 2014 and subsequently approved by the Council on 5th March 2014.  As a consequence of the approved restructuring proposals as alluded to above there was a need to establish a new post of Head of Finance in the Directorate or Resources.  This post would replace the existing post of Head of Financial Services and Head of Accountancy and Resource Management, both of which would be deleted from the Council’s establishment from 1st May 2014.  The proposals would also contribute to the overall saving target for 2014/15 and secure continuity in light of the retirement of the existing Head of Financial Services on 30th April 2014. 


The Committee was also informed that the new post of Head of Finance would be designated as the Council’s Section 151 Officer in accordance with the Council’s statutory requirements and on a temporary basis up to 31st July 2015.  This temporary designation would be congruent with the existing Senior Management arrangements as previously approved by Council in April 2012.


In order to progress the appointment arrangements for the role, the Committee gave initial consideration to the appointment to the new post through the Council’s Managing Change and Avoiding Redundancy Procedures.  Taking account of these arrangements it was proposed therefore to invite an initial application for the post from the current Head of Accountancy and Resource Management as part of a preliminary “ring-fenced” selection process.  The Committee was also advised by the Head of Human Resources that any appointment decision would need to be in accordance with normal selection considerations and should an appointment not be made, then the employee concerned would be at risk of redundancy as part of the restructuring arrangements.


The Committee gave consideration to a draft job description as approved by the Council at its last meeting which was set out in Appendix A to the report and to a draft personal specification also attached at Appendix B.  In addition, set out in Appendix C to the report, were the responsibilities of the Section 151 role.  Appointment to the post would be on the terms and conditions as prescribed by the Joint Negotiating Committee for Chief Officers of Local Authorities and at a salary level as approved by Council on 5th March 2014.


The Committee having given consideration to the above matters


RESOLVED – T H A T the recruitment and selection arrangements for the post of Head of Finance as set out in paragraphs 7 to 15 of the report, including the attached appendices, be approved.


Reason for decision


In order to progress the management restructuring arrangements as agreed by the Council on 5th March 2014.