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Apologies for absence and substitutions


Apologies were received from Councillor Duncan Enright. Councillor Joy Aitman substituted.


Declarations of interest


There were no declarations of interest.


Matters exempt from publication

If the Committee wishes to exclude the press and public from the meeting during its consideration of the item on the exempt from publication part of the agenda, it will be necessary for the Committee to pass a resolution in accordance with the provisions of Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 specifying the grounds on which their presence could involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in specific paragraphs of Schedule 12A of the Act. The Committee may maintain the exemption if and so long as, in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.


RESOLVED that under section 100A of the Local Government Act 1972, the 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 paragraph 1 of schedule 12A of the said act.



Selection of a preferred candidate for the role of Director of Governance

The Committee to adjourn the meeting to undertake interviews for the post of Director of Governance (Monitoring Officer).


Interview paperwork will be circulated separately to Committee Members.


The Committee to reconvene at an agreed time to:


·         Agree the selection of a preferred candidate for the post of Director of Governance.


·         Delegate the making of a conditional offer and the agreement of all terms and conditions to the Chief Executive, subject to confirmation within a time period set by the Monitoring Officer that no member of the Executive has any objection to the proposed appointment, or the Performance and Appointments Committee being satisfied that any objection is not material or well-founded.


·         Recommend to Council that the preferred candidate is appointed to the post of Director of Governance and designated the role of Monitoring Officer with effect from their start date.



The Committee interviewed shortlisted candidates for the position of Director of Governance.




1.    Agree that Andrea McCaskie is selected the preferred candidate for the position of Director of Governance:

2.    Recommend to Council to:

a)    Approve the appointment of Andrea McCaskie as the Director of

Governance and Monitoring Officer for West Oxfordshire District

Council on a permanent full time basis.

b)    Note that the provisional verbal offer of employment has been made,

subject to two references, medical clearance and eligibility check

(BPSS check) in accordance with the Council’s policies.

c)    Agree the appointment commences on a date to be mutually

agreed between the successful candidate and the Chief Executive.

d)    Agree that the appointment is made on a salary of £80,000 per


e)    Approve the extension of the current interim Monitoring Officer

arrangement with Susan Sale until 16 April 2023, or until Andrea

McCaskie starts, whichever is the sooner.

f)     Agree that should there be a gap between the 16 April 2023 and

the start of Andrea McCaskie’s employment then Andrew Brown

the current Deputy Monitoring Officer should be designated as the

Council’s Monitoring Officer for that interim period.