Agenda and minutes

Appointments Committee
Thursday, 7th February, 2019 10.00 am

Venue: Cabinet Room, Town Hall, Scarborough

No. Item


Election of Chair

To elect the Chair of the Appointments Committee for the recruitment of the position of Post CE1 – Chief Executive



RESOLVED that Councillor Derek Bastiman be appointed as Chairman of the Appointments Committee for the recruitment of the position of Post CE1 – Chief Executive.




Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 43 KB

Members are reminded of the need to consider whether they have a disclosable pecuniary, prejudicial or other (personal) interest to declare in any items on this agenda.  Details of any interest must be declared at the start of the meeting or as soon as any interest becomes apparent during the meeting.  The attached form must also be completed. Any advice required should ideally be sought before the day of the meeting.



No declarations of interest were received.




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To approve as a correct record and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 18 December 2018.  (Minutes attached).



RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 18 December 2018 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.




Post CE1 - Chief Executive pdf icon PDF 141 KB

To consider the report of the Human Resources Manager (reference 19/043) attached.


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The Committee considered a report by the Human Resources Manager (reference 19/043) in respect of the recruitment of the position of Post CE1 – Chief Executive.  Members were informed that it was not proposed to amend the current salary of this position since external recruitment consultants had advised that this was appropriate to attract candidates of the highest calibre.  The draft job description and person specification in the report had been revised considerably to take account of the changed circumstances of the Borough Council and local government and of benchmarking with other authorities.  The job description and person specification were subject to further amendments by Members and taking into account advice from the recruitment consultants.  Members then considered whether initially to advertise the post internally and only open up the post to external applicants should an appointment not be made, or to advertise both internally and externally at the same time.  The consensus was that every effort should be made to attract the right candidate for the job, and to that end, the second option should be pursued to gain access to a larger, more diverse talent pool of individuals.  Members also discussed the option of recruiting an interim Chief Executive if need be, and noted that this could be an external appointment.  In respect of the Appointment Panel, Members discussed whether it could benefit from the additional expertise of another Council’s Chief Executive acting in an advisory capacity.  The conclusion was the Council’s recruitment consultants would provide sufficient expertise to support the Appointment Panel through the distinct stages including executive search, long listing, sifting, telephone interviews, psychometric testing through to shortlisting for interview; however, if after the Appointment Panel’s interviews, Members faced difficulties in making a decision, then it was agreed to call on the Local Government Association to recommend a Chief Executive from another authority to provide advice.  The Human Resources Manager then outlined the recruitment timetable proposed by the recruitment consultants culminating in interviews in the first half of April.


(i)            The Post CE1, Chief Executive be filled

(ii)          The revised job description and person specification be approved subject to potential further amendments suggested by the Council’s recruitment consultants and Members of the Appointments Committee

(iii)         The outline recruitment timetable and process be noted subject to finalisation of dates by the Human Resources Manager in consultation with Members of the Appointment Panel; and

(iv)         The following Members be appointed to the Appointment Panel of three:

Conservative Group: Councillors Derek Bastiman, Helen Mallory and Sandra Turner (with one of the three to be a substitute to be confirmed)

Labour Group: Councillor Steve Siddons (Substitute: Councillor Tony Randerson)