Issue - meetings

Appointment Sub-Committee - Director Recruitment

Meeting: 30/11/2023 - Employment Committee (Item 25)

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Purpose of report

This report seeks authority from the Employment Committee for the establishment of an appointments sub-committee and sets out recommendations for its composition for the appointment to the role of Director of Economy, Planning and Transport. 

 

RECOMMENDED that, in relation to the appointment to the role of Director of Economy, Planning and Transport, the Employment Committee:

 

·       Note the requirement to recruit to the post of Director of Economy, Planning and Transport following the resignation of the previous incumbent (former post title Director of Regeneration).

·       Delegate the appointment of the role to an appointments sub-committee to act on behalf of the Employment Committee.

·       Nominate membership of the appointment sub-committee.

·       Delegate the candidate search process and administrative matters to the Assistant Director of Human Resources in consultation with the Chief Executive.

·       Note how the composition of the panel will take into account the importance of panel diversity.

 

Minutes:

Natalie Brahma-Pearl, Chief Executive, introduced the report, informing the Committee that the report sought authority from the Employment Committee for the establishment of an Appointments Sub-Committee.  The report set out recommendations for the Sub-Committee's composition for the appointment to the role of Director of Economy, Planning and Transport.  The previous post holder held the title of Director of Regeneration. 

 

The Chair, noted that the third recommendation asked the Committee to nominate membership of the Sub-Committee. He suggested that this is delegated to himself as Chair and the Chief Executive and that nominations are sought from all members of the council.  Councillor Bosher commented that traditionally group leaders are asked to nominate members if group leaders are themselves unable to attend. This was agreed.

 

Members questions

In response to members questions, officers clarified that:

 

·         The system of appointing senior officers including Directors was being looked at with a view to streamlining the process without losing democratic input from members.

·         An appointment sub-committee of around 5 members would be appropriate for the appointment of the Director of Economy, Planning and Transport.

·         That the diversity of the sub-committee will depend on the names group leaders put forward, but this aspect will be encouraged.

·         It is expected that as the appointment of the Director of Economy, Planning and Transport is a like-for-like replacement for its predecessor, the salary range and grade for the role remain the same and reflect current market conditions.

 

Members' comments

Councillor Bosher noted that the composition of appointment sub-committees should be a matter for the Employment Committee.

 

RESOLVED that, in relation to the appointment to the role of Director of Economy, Planning and Transport, the Employment Committee:

 

i)     Noted the requirement to recruit to the post of Director of Economy, Planning and Transport following the resignation of the previous incumbent (former post title Director of Regeneration).

ii)    Delegated the appointment of the role to an appointments sub-committee to act on behalf of the Employment Committee.

iii)  Delegated the appointment of members of the appointments sub-committee to the Chair of the Employment Committee and the Chief Executive.

iv)  Delegated the candidate search process and administrative matters to the Assistant Director of Human Resources in consultation with the Chief Executive.

v)   Noted how the composition of the panel will take into account the importance of panel diversity.