SENIOR MANAGEMENT APPOINTMENT COMMITTEE
Minutes of a meeting held on 10th March, 2015.
Present: Councillor N. Moore (Chairman); Councillor S.C. Egan (Vice-Chairman); Councillors L. Burnett, G. John and J.W. Thomas.
Also present: Mr. S. Warren (Technical Assistant, SOLACE).
960 APOLOGY FOR ABSENCE –
This was received from Councillor C.P. Franks.
961 MINUTES -
RESOLVED - T H A T the minutes of the meeting held on 9th February, 2015.
962 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST –
No declarations were received.
963 RECRUITMENT AND SELECTION ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE POSITION OF MANAGING DIRECTOR (L) –
The purpose of the meeting was to enable the Committee to identify a long list of candidates for the post of Management Director and Head of Paid Service. As previously agreed, those candidates would progress to the Assessment Centre, to be held on Tuesday, 17th March 2015. A further meeting of the Committee was scheduled for 18th March, 2015, at which the Technical Assistant would provide feedback following the Assessment Centre and the Committee would determine a final shortlist for interview. Those interviews would take place on 24th March, 2015, with the decision of the Committee being referred for ratification to a special meeting of Council already convened for 25th March, 2015.
The Leader confirmed that the report to the special meeting of Council on 25th March would set out the process which had been undertaken to date. The report would also cover the various options which might need to be considered in the event that an internal, an external, or, indeed, no suitable candidate had been identified by the Committee.
The Leader also took the opportunity to inform Members of the Committee that the current Managing Director had agreed to stay until 30th April 2015. This would be provided for within the flexible retirement arrangements agreed by Council on 2nd September 2014, which included provision for the arrangement to be extended as necessary on a month by month basis from 1st April 2015, subject to the agreement of the postholder. The extension would be authorised under the delegated authority of the Head of Human Resources, in consultation with the Leader of the Council. The starting date for a successful candidate would, consequently, be 1st May 2015.
The report to Council on 25th March would also include recommending the process to be followed should there be a need for any interim appointment (i.e. in the event of an external appointment being made).
The Wales Audit Office had been made fully aware of the process being followed.
RESOLVED – T H A T the decision of the Managing Director to terminate her employment with the Council on 30th April 2015 be noted.
Reason for decision
To apprise Members of the Managing Director’s termination date.
964 EXCLUSION OF PRESS AND PUBLIC –
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 items of business on the grounds that they involve 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.
965 RECRUITMENT AND SELECTION ARRANGEMENTS: MANAGING DIRECTOR AND HEAD OF PAID SERVICE (L) (EXEMPT INFORMATION – PARAGRAPHS 12 AND 13) –
At this point, Mr. Simon Warren, SOLACE, who was acting as Technical Assistant to the Committee, joined the meeting.
(NB: the Managing Director was not in attendance during the above.)
The Committee considered the application forms received for the post of Managing Director and Head of Paid Service and
(1) T H A T a total of seven candidates be approved for progressing to the Assessment Centre, to be held on 17th March, 2015.
(2) T H A T it be confirmed that further meetings of the Committee will take place on 18th March and 24th March 2015 to short list for interview, and to conduct interviews, respectively.
Reason for decision
(1) and (2) To ensure the appointment proceeds in accordance with the requirements of the Council's Constitution.