Decision details

Commercial Governance: Changes to Executive Sub-Committees

Decision Maker: Executive, Council

Decision status: Recommmend Forward to Council

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes

Purpose:

To consider an update to the Council's Commercial Governance arrangements, including the establishment of a Commercial Ventures Executive Sub-Committee.

Decision:

RECOMMENDATIONS THAT ARE SUBJECT TO FULL COUNCIL APPROVAL

 

RECOMMENDED that:

(i).

a Property and Investment Contingency Fund be established, with a value of £1.0m, funded within the £25m that has been allocated in the approved Capital Programme 2019/2024 for investment in new capital schemes to support delivery of the Corporate Plan, Housing Strategy and Investment Strategy, and that principle (vii) should be added to Article 14.3.3 of the Constitution, with the following wording:

(vii) decisions on the use of resources from the Property and Investment Contingency Fund of a value of more than £500,000 should be regarded as significant, superseding principles (i) and (iii) for such decisions.

(ii).

the Director of Finance and Organisation be authorised to approve the use of resources from the Property and Investment Contingency Fund for commercial investments in cases where this is judged to be necessary to mitigate the risk of the Council incurring significant financial or reputational costs, in consultation with the Leader, the Chair of the Commercial Ventures Executive Sub-Committee and Executive Member(s) with responsibility for investments and property matters, and that the Officer Scheme of Delegation be updated accordingly.

(iii).

the Director of Finance and Organisation be authorised to approve the use of resources from the Property and Investment Contingency Fund for other capital investments in cases where this is judged to be necessary to mitigate the risk of the Council incurring significant financial or reputational costs, in consultation with the Leader, the Chair of the Commercial Ventures Executive Sub-Committee and Executive Member(s) with responsibility for investments and property matters, and that the Officer Scheme of Delegation be updated accordingly.

 

DECISIONS THAT FALL WITHIN THE EXECUTIVE’S REMIT TO DETERMINE

 

RESOLVED that:

(i).

the Property Executive Sub-Committee be dissolved;

(ii).

the Health and Wellbeing Executive Sub-Committee be dissolved;

(iii).

the powers previously delegated to the Property Executive Sub-Committee and Health and Wellbeing Executive Sub-Committee revert to the Executive, unless otherwise specified in the following recommendations;

(iv).

a Commercial Ventures Executive Sub-Committee be established, with the remit and terms of reference as set out at Annex 1 to the Executive’s report;

(v).

the shareholder function of the Council, with regard to Greensand Holdings Ltd, be delegated to the Commercial Ventures Executive Sub-Committee;

(vi).

the shareholder function of the Council, with regard to Pathway for Care Ltd, be delegated to the Commercial Ventures Executive Sub-Committee;

(vii).

the shareholder function of the Council, with regard to RBBC Ltd, be delegated to the Commercial Ventures Executive Sub-Committee;

(viii).

the partnership function of the Council, with regard to Horley Business Park Development LLP, be delegated to the Commercial Ventures Executive Sub-Committee;

(ix).

the Commercial Ventures Executive Sub-Committee be authorised to agree the incorporation and the proposal of winding up of companies, subject to relevant shareholder agreements, by the Council, to be conducted in accordance with the requirements of the Commercial Governance Framework, as set out in the terms of references of the Executive Sub-Committee;

(x).

the Commercial Ventures Executive Sub-Committee be authorised to agree the following arrangements as part of the establishment of companies by the Council, and in relation to companies, other commercial entities and partnerships thus established to the Council:

     the Articles of Association for the entity

     the Shareholder Agreement between the entity and the Council, including the initial Business Plan

     the appointment of Directors of the company, including Non-Executive Directors

     any Director Service Agreements

     the appointment of a Company Secretary and Auditor.

(xi).

the Commercial Ventures Executive Sub-Committee be authorised to undertake the shareholder function of the Council with regard to future companies established by the Council;

(xii).

the Commercial Ventures Executive Sub-Committee be authorised to agree write-off of debts owed by Companies established by the Council to the Council, in consultation with all Executive Members;

(xiii).

the Commercial Ventures Executive Sub-Committee be authorised to agree Resourcing Agreements for commercial ventures established by, and being established by, the Council to use Council staff and facilities in furtherance of their business;

(xiv).

the Commercial Ventures Executive Sub-Committee be authorised to agree all matters in relation to the following, in line with the priorities in the Council’s Capital Investment Strategy:

     Loan, Grant, and Draw Down agreements with regard to commercial ventures established by, and being established by, the Council

     Investment in properties

     Other capital investments

     Performance of investments

These matters to be agreed within a total limit of £25.0m for 2019/20, as allocated in the approved Capital Programme for 2019/2024 for investment in new capital schemes to support delivery of the Corporate Plan, Housing Strategy and Investment Strategy, and henceforth in subsequent financial years within limits to be set and reviewed each year during the service and financial planning process, as subject to approval by Executive and Full Council.

(xv).

the Director of Finance and Organisation be authorised to agree, in consultation with members of the Commercial Ventures Executive Sub-Committee, spending on feasibility studies of potential commercial and investment opportunities, having regard to the Commercial Governance Framework which forms appendix 1 to the terms of reference of the Executive Sub-Committee. These matters to be agreed within a total limit of £250k for 2019/20, funded within the approved 2019/20 revenue budget, and henceforth within subsequent financial years within limits to be set and reviewed each year during the service and financial planning process, as subject to approval by Executive and Full Council;

(xvi).

all decisions of the Director of Finance and Organisation making determination on the use of resources from the Property and Investment Contingency Fund shall be reported to the Commercial Ventures Executive Sub-Committee at the next meeting where it is practical to do so;

(xvii).

the Constitution be updated by the Monitoring Officer to reflect the dissolution of the Property Executive Sub-Committee and the Health and Wellbeing Executive Sub-Committee, as an administrative update; and

(xviii).

the Constitution be updated by the Monitoring Officer to reflect the establishment of the Commercial Ventures Executive Sub-Committee and its agreed terms of reference as an administrative update.

 

Contact: Tom Borer, Policy Officer Email: tom.borer@reigate-banstead.gov.uk Tel: 01737 276717.

Report author: Tom Borer

Publication date: 04/06/2019

Date of decision: 30/05/2019

Decided at meeting: 30/05/2019 - Executive

Effective from: 12/06/2019

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