Agenda and minutes

Appointments Committee - Tuesday 4 December 2012 2.00 pm

Venue: Members' Room - Shire Hall, Gloucester. View directions

Items
No. Item

12.

Appointment of Chairman

Minutes:

RESOLVED that Cllr Mark Hawthorne be appointed chairman for the meeting.

13.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 81 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 12 September 2012.

Minutes:

The non-exempt minutes of the meeting held on 12 September 2012 were confirmed and signed as a correct record.

14.

Public Questions

To answer any written public questions about matters which are within the powers and duties of the Committee.  The closing date/time for the receipt of questions is 10.00am on Tuesday 27th November 2012.

To answer any oral question(s) put by member of the public with the consent of the Chairman.

Depending on the nature of the questions asked it may not be possible to provide a comprehensive answer at the meeting, in which case a written answer will be supplied as soon as reasonably possible after the meeting.

Minutes:

No public questions had been received.

15.

Members' Questions

To answer any written members’ questions.  The closing date/time for the receipt of questions is 10.00am on Tuesday 27th November 2012.

Minutes:

No questions from members had been received.

16.

Monitoring Officer pdf icon PDF 80 KB

Minutes:

In presenting his report, the Chief Executive explained that Graham Garbutt’s review of the Cotswold Water Park had identified potential conflicts of interest as a result of the Monitoring Officer also being the Head of Legal Services.  Members of both the Audit Committee and the Constitution Committee had recommended that the two roles should be separated.  The Council had made a decision on 21 November 2012 that a post other than the Director of Law and Administration should be designated as Monitoring Officer. 

 

The Chief Executive advised that the post designated should have direct access to the Head of Paid Service and be a member of the corporate management team.  It could not be the Head of Paid Service or the Section 151 Chief Finance Officer and, to avoid potential conflicts of interest, should not be the other two statutory officer roles: Director of Children’s Services and Director of Adult Social Services.

 

Answering questions, the Chief Executive explained that it was not necessary for the Monitoring Officer to have a legal qualification but it was essential that they had a good understanding of governance issues.  He assured members that arrangements would be made for the Monitoring Officer to have access to good legal advice.  He said that he was confident that Jane Burns, the Director: Strategy and Challenge, with her background as a Chartered Secretary and knowledge of governance, could fulfil the role. 

 

The committee recognised that Jane Burns with her knowledge of governance and procedure was the ideal person for the role.  They noted that the role of Monitoring Officer would be in addition to Jane’s responsibilities as Director: Strategy and Challenge. 

 

RESOLVED

 

That the current holder of the post of Director: Strategy and Challenge, Jane Burns, be designated as the Monitoring Officer.       

 

       

17.

Exclusion of the Press and Public

The Committee may wish to exclude the press and public from the meeting during the consideration of the remaining items on the agenda in accordance with the provisions of section 100A of the Local Government Act 1972 (schedule 12A paragraphs 1,2 & 3) which are:

 

Information relating to any individual.

 

Information which is likely to reveal the identity of an individual.

 

Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the press and public be excluded from the meeting for consideration of the remaining agenda items in accordance with the provisions of section 100A of the Local Government Act 1972 (schedule 12A, paragraph 4). 

 

This provision relates to information on consultations or negotiations, or contemplated consultations or negotiations, in connection with any labour relations matter between the authority and employees.

 

18.

Exempt minutes

To approve the exempt minutes of the meeting held on 12th September 2012.

Minutes:

The exempt minutes of the meeting held on 12 September 2012 were confirmed and signed as a correct record.