Agenda and minutes

Employment Committee - Monday, 8th February, 2021 10.00 am

Venue: Virtual meeting - This meeting is being held remotely using Skype

Contact: Email: Democracy@southkesteven.gov.uk 

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17.

Register of attendance, membership and apologies for absence

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    Minutes:

    Following a register of attendance, it was confirmed all Members were present.

18.

Disclosure of interests

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    Members are asked to disclose any interests in matters for consideration at the meeting.

    Minutes:

    There were none.

19.

Exclusion of Press and Public

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    It is likely that the press and public will be excluded during discussion of the following agenda item because of the likelihood that information that is exempt under paragraphs 1 and 2 of Schedule 12A of the Local government Act 1972 (as amended) would be disclosed to them.

    Minutes:

    Members noted that the consideration of the Recruitment of the Director of Growth and Culture would take the form of an interview panel.  The candidate would therefore be identified by anyone present and as such, to protect their identity, it would be prudent to exclude the press, public and any other Members or Officers present not pertinent to the interview panel and its considerations. 

     

    The Chairman proposed to exclude the press and public in line with paragraphs 1 & 2 of schedule 12A of the Local Government Act.  The proposal was seconded and following a vote by exception, it was agreed.

     

    DECISION:

     

    It was agreed that the press and public be excluded for discussion of the following agenda item because of the likelihood that information that was exempt under paragraphs 1 and 2 of Schedule 12A of the Local government Act 1972 (as amended) would be disclosed to them.

     

    The Chief Executive invited those not required for the interview panel, to leave the meeting.  It was also noted that the decision of the interview panel would be made formally, in open session, which press, public, Officers and Members present, would be invited to re-join.

     

    The Chief Executive provided clarification to a Member who queried why they were to be excluded from observing the interview panel. The presence of the Cabinet Members for Housing and Planning and Culture and Visitor Economy were explained to those present, as they would be working alongside the Director of Growth and Culture, therefore were required as part of the interview panel.  

20.

Recruitment of the Director of Growth and Culture pdf icon PDF 314 KB

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    This report sets out the recommendation that the Employment Committee appoint a suitable candidate to the role of Director of Growth and Culture

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    Minutes:

    A report of the Leader of the Council was presented to Members on the recruitment of the Director of Growth and Culture. 

     

    Members of the Employment Committee, assisted by the Chief Executive, Cabinet Members for Culture and Visitor Economy and Housing and Planning and Penna Consultancy, held an interview with the Candidate that had been successful, following a longlisting process and technical interviews.

     

    Following a successful interview, the Employment Committee agreed to make a formal appointment to the role of Director of Growth and Culture.

     

    The Employment Committee agreed to enter open session at 12:15, to make the appointment. 

     

    The Chairman of the Employment Committee experienced technical issues and was unable to join the open session, therefore the Vice-Chairman took the role of Chairman. 

     

    It was proposed that the candidate interviewed by the Panel, be appointed to the role of the Director of Growth and Culture, following receipt of suitable references.  The proposal was seconded, following a vote by exception, the Committee reached a unanimous decision.

     

    DECISION:

     

    That the candidate be appointed to the position of Director of Growth and Culture, subject to suitable references. 

     

    The Chief Executive noted that the candidate would not be named at that time, as references had not yet been sought and their identity would need to be protected until such time.  A formal announcement would take place, in due course.

21.

Any other business, which the Chairman, by reason of special circumstances, decides is urgent

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    Minutes:

    There was none.

22.

Close of meeting

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    Minutes:

    The meeting closed at 12:19.