Agenda and draft minutes
Venue: Council Chamber, Woodgreen, Witney OX28 1NB
Contact: Democratic Services
Apologies for Absence and Substitutions
To receive any Apologies for Absence and appointment of Substitute Members.
There were no Apologies for Absence from Members of the Committee.
Councillor Duncan Enright arrived at 9.25am.
Declarations of Interest
To receive any Declarations of Interest relating to items being considered during the meeting.
There were no Declarations of Interest received by Members of the Committee.
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.
Councillor Andy Graham, Chair of the Committee, proposed that the Committee agree to exclude the press and public from the meeting for the remaining items of business. This was seconded by Councillor Michele Mead, was put to a vote and agreed unanimously by the Committee.
The Committee Resolved in accordance with the provisions in Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 to:
Selection of a Preferred Candidate for the Role of Director of Finance
The Committee are to adjourn the meeting to undertake interviews for the post of Director of Finance (Section 151 Officer).
Interview paperwork will be circulated separately to Committee Members.
The Committee are to reconvene at an agreed time to:
1. Agree the selection of one or more preferred candidates for the post of Director of Finance;
2. Delegate the making of a conditional offer and the agreement of all terms and conditions, to the Chief Executive Officer, subject to confirmation within a time period set by the Monitoring Officer that no member of the Executive has an objection to the proposed appointment, or the Performance and Appointments Committee being satisfied that any objection is not material or well-founded;
3. Recommend to Council to:
a) Delegate authority to the Chief Executive, in consultation with the Chair of the Performance and Appointments Committee, to appoint a candidate recommended by the Performance and Appointments Committee, to the role of Director of Finance (Section 151 Officer), subject to two references, medical clearance and eligibility check (BPSS check) in accordance with the Council’s policies;
b) Agree that the appointment will be made on a salary of up to £85,000 per annum plus pending pay award;
c) Agree the appointment commences on a date to be mutually agreed between the successful candidate and the Chief Executive;
d) Appoint an Interim Section 151 officer.
Kathryn Dowell, HR Business Partner, gave the Committee a detailed and in-depth overview of the prior selection process, before highlighting the skills and attributes that the Subject Candidate (SC) brought to both the selection process and Committee interview. The HR Business partner gave the Committee a further overview of the behavioural characteristics that the SC showed during an exercise carried out during the main selection process.
In debate, the Committee discussed at length the interview undertaken, and also the skills & characteristics the SC brought to the interview, including strong decision making skills, respect and competence. The Committee also made reference to the SC’s local knowledge having worked within the Local Government sector previously in Oxfordshire. The Committee also noted the time taken by the SC to prepare a presentation for the Committee with only 2 days’ notice from the prior interview.
Councillor Andy Graham proposed that the SC be recommended to Council for appointment, and authority be delegated to the Chief Executive to have oversight of the remainder of the appointment process. This was seconded by Councillor Michele Mead, was put to a vote and was unanimously agreed by the Committee.
The Committee Resolved to:
And Resolved to Recommend to Council to:
Dates of Future Meetings
To agree that a meeting of the Performance and Appointments Committee will be held on Friday 13 October at 2.00pm to conduct the Chief Executive’s appraisal.
The Committee Resolved to:
1. Note the date of the next meeting on Friday 13 October 2023 at 2.00pm, to conduct the Chief Executive’s appraisal.