|Time:||6.00pm||Place:||Committee Room 3, Council Offices, Gernon Road, Letchworth Garden City|
|PRESENT:||Councillor Mrs L.A. Needham (Chairman), Councillor Judi Billing, Councillor Bernard Lovewell and Councillor Mrs C.P.A. Strong (substitute).|
|IN ATTENDANCE:||Section 151 Officer (Strategic Director of Finance, Policy & Governance) and Monitoring Officer (Acting Corporate Legal Manager).|
TO APPOINT A CHAIRMAN
RESOLVED: That Councillor Mrs L.A. Needham be elected as Chairman of the meeting.
APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies for absence were submitted by Councillor T.W. Hone. Councillor Mrs C.P.A. Strong was substituting for Councillor T.W. Hone.
NOTIFICATION OF OTHER BUSINESS
There had been no notification of any other business.
The Chairman reminded Members that, in line with the Code of Conduct, any Declarations of Interest needed to be declared immediately prior to the item in question.
EXCLUSION OF PRESS AND PUBLIC
RESOLVED: that under Section 100A (4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the Public and Press be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraphs 1 and 2 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the said Act.
APPOINTMENTS TO THE INDEPENDENT REMUNERATION PANEL
Data/Employment Committee/201307221800/Agenda/Appendix A
The Monitoring Officer submitted a report seeking the Committee's consideration to the appointment of new members to the Independent Remuneration Panel.
The Committee was informed that six applicants had been interviewed by the Section 151 Officer and Monitoring Officer and were assessed against a standard set of questions and the results of the exercise were set out in the report. One applicant had chosen to withdraw after interview. The four applicants recommended for appointment possessed a broad range of skills, including Human Resources, Accountancy and Mediation and private and public sector.
The Committee was further informed that the two highest scoring applicants had been offered five year terms and the two middle scoring candidates had been offered four year terms, subject to the decision of the Committee. The candidate with the lowest score had been advised that they had been unsuccessful.
Following questions from Members regarding the details of the process followed and the candidates proposed, it was
(1) That Edward Franklin and Hilary Oughton, as recommended by the Monitoring Officer and Section 151 Officer, be appointed to the Independent Remuneration Panel for a term of five years; and
(2) That Andrew Tough and Nicola Harris, as recommended by the Monitoring Officer and Section 151 Officer, be appointed to the Independent Remuneration Panel for a term of four years.
REASON FOR DECISION: To enable the Independent Remuneration Panel to continue as a quorate Panel whilst retaining knowledge and expertise, and for informed recommendations to be made to Council regarding Members' Allowances.