Minutes of a meeting held on 18th March, 2015.


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


Also present: Mr. S. Warren (Technical Assistant, SOLACE Enterprises) and S. Davies (Managing Director).





No declarations were received.





On 4th March 2015, Council approved the need to recruit to the role of Head of Finance as a result of the retirement of the current postholder on 19th July 2015.  At the same meeting Council agreed to amend the role of the Head of Finance so as to formally include the statutory role of Section 151 Officer on a substantive basis. Prior to this, the duties were carried out by the postholder on a temporary basis and paid for by way of an additional honorarium payment. 


It was clearly important that arrangements were put in place to recruit to the post as soon as possible, given the statutory responsibilities carried by the postholder and the need to ensure a seamless transition of such responsibility.  It was proposed to advertise the post and to conclude the selection arrangements as soon as practicable.


A copy of the job description and person specification was attached at Appendix A and B to the report respectively.  Appendix C contained a draft recruitment schedule.  


Further meetings of the Senior Management Appointment Committee would be arranged to confirm long and short listing arrangements and to conduct the final interviews.


It was hoped that a successful candidate could be recruited to take up appointment from 20th July 2015 or as soon as practicable thereafter.  Such an appointment would be reported to the Council Meeting on 24th June 2015.   Should there be a delay in the process or a delay in the successful candidate taking up appointment, then interim arrangements would need to be considered.  This would be considered at a later meeting of the Committee should the need arise.




(1)       T H A T the recruitment and selection arrangements for the post of Head of Finance / Section 151 Officer, together with the Job Description and Person Specification attached to the report, be approved.


(2)       T H A T should there be deemed to be insufficient interest internally, the Managing Director be granted delegated authority, in consultation with the Leader, to progress arrangements for the external advertisement of the post. 


(3)       T H A T the appointment of SOLACE Enterprises to support the Assessment Centre process, if considered necessary, be approved.


Reasons for decisions


(1&2)  To ensure appointment in accordance with the requirements of the Council’s Constitution.     


(3)       To assist the Committee to progress the selection and assessment process.





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.





The Senior Management Appointment Committee met on 10th March 2015 to consider all the applications received in respect of the post of Managing Director and Head of Paid Service.  At that meeting, Members reaffirmed their previous decision for the Assessment Centre to be delivered on 17th March 2015 by Solace Enterprises, to include a technical interview of the long-listed candidates with the Managing Director and the external Technical Adviser as identified by Solace Enterprises.  In addition, the 7 candidates selected for long listing had undertaken a variety of "on line" psychometric and ability tests in advance of their attendance at the Assessment Centre.


The external Technical Adviser who attended the meeting of the Committee on 10th March 2015 was again in attendance to assist Members in the recruitment and selection process and, in particular, to provide feedback in respect of the above process.  This was to assist Members to determine a final short list of candidates for interview by the Committee on 24th March, 2015 and, at that meeting, to determine if a suitable candidate could be identified for appointment to the position.


As previously advised, the decision of the Committee would be referred for ratification to a Special Meeting of the Council on Wednesday 25th March 2015.


RESOLVED – T H A T candidates F, M and T be shortlisted for final interview by the Committee on Tuesday, 24th March 2015.


Reason for decision


To ensure the appointment proceeds in accordance with the requirement of the Council’s Constitution.