Agenda and minutes

Appointments Committee - Thursday, 17th August, 2023 2.00 pm

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No. Item


Apologies for Absence


There were no apologies for absence.


Declarations of Interest

To provide an opportunity for Members and Officers to declare any disclosable pecuniary and non-pecuniary interests in any item on the agenda.


No declarations of interest were made.


Public Speaking Time/Open Session

In accordance with the Council’s Committee Procedure Rules and Appendix on Public Speaking a total period of 15 minutes is allocated for members of the public to put questions to the Committee on any matter relating to this agenda. Each member of the public will be allowed up to two minutes each to speak, and the Chair will have discretion to vary this where they consider it appropriate.


Members of the public wishing to speak are required to provide notice of this at least three clear working days’ in advance of the meeting and should include the question with that notice.


No members of the public were in attendance.


Recruitment and Selection for the post of Chief Executive pdf icon PDF 257 KB

To approve the outline process for the recruitment and selection for the post of Chief Executive.


The Committee considered the report which set out the process for the recruitment of the Chief Executive.


Following the reporting of the resignation of the Chief Executive to the Council on 19 July 2023 a procurement exercise had been undertaken with Bloom Procurement Services Ltd to invite bids from four executive search agencies to work with the Council in the recruitment process.  Three executive search agencies had submitted bids and these had been subjected to assessment and scoring, which had included virtual presentations to members of the Committee on 15 August.   The scoring from the assessment process had been sent to Bloom Procurement Services Ltd for them to process the results to confirm a successful bidder.


The Head of HR reported that the confirmation of the successful bidder had not yet been notified and was expected to be received within the next few days.


It was proposed and seconded that Recommendation 2 be amended to delegate to the Head of HR to approve the appointment of the executive search partner.  The amendment was put to the vote and declared carried.


A further amendment was proposed and seconded that the data from the selection process be provided to the Committee in confidence and the decision on the successful bidder be notified to the Committee before any details were made public.   The amendment was put to the vote and declared carried.


RESOLVED:   That the Committee


1          note the procurement process followed to select a preferred executive search partner.


2          delegate to the Head of HR the approval of the appointment of the executive search partner for the recruitment and selection process, and the Committee to receive in confidence the data from the procurement process and be notified of the successful bidder before it was made public.


3          approve the outline recruitment and selection process.


4          delegate responsibility to the Head of HR to finalise the detailed timeline and preparatory work in consultation with the Chair and Vice Chair of the Appointment Committee and the executive search agency.