Agenda and minutes

Employment Committee - Thursday, 26th April, 2018 6.00 pm

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Minutes pdf icon PDF 36 KB

To confirm as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on Thursday, 19th October, 2017


RESOLVED that the Minutes of the meeting held on 17th October 2017 be approved as a correct record and signed.


Apologies for Absence and Substitutions

To receive any apologies for absence and notification of any substitute Members in accordance with Procedure Rules.


Apologies for absence were received from Councillor J. White.


Declarations of Interest

To receive any Declarations of Interest.




Appointment of Monitoring Officer pdf icon PDF 52 KB

This report invites the Council to appoint a Monitoring Officer in accordance with statutory requirements.


The Committee received a report from the Chief Executive, following the Council’s decision in November 2017 to extend the appointment of Mr Gavin Handford as Interim Monitoring Officer until the end of the 2017/18 Municipal Year (to allow the Committee to review the position again during and at the end of that period as necessary).

The Committee received a report on the work that Mr Handford had undertaken in his role as Interim Monitoring Officer since he was appointed into that position in April 2017 and an update on the extensive activities that he had undertaken, particularly in the period since the Committee last considered the matter in October 2017.

The Chief Executive paid tribute to the extremely difficult and testing activities that Mr Handford had managed during this period with an extensive range of complex matters that required his advice to ensure that the Council had been able to continue to deliver its priorities. The Committee noted that the forthcoming work programme for the Monitoring Officer included reporting to the Executive on a review of the Governance structure to reflect the requirements and changing needs of the Council’s democratic fabric; a review of the Council’s commercial governance activities as agreed by the Executive in March 2018 and supporting the Council to deliver the key objectives within its 5 Year Plan. The report before the Committee recommended the appointment of Mr Handford as the Council’s Monitoring Officer on a permanent basis.

Councillor Mrs. R. Renton, Chairman of the Committee, reported that the Monitoring Officer had made an informal presentation to Members of the Committee recently that demonstrated the work that had been achieved in settling the new Legal Services team into the organisation. It was noted to have been a helpful opportunity to review the work that Mr Handford had undertaken in his Monitoring Officer role since undertaking this Interim position in April 2017.

Councillor Mrs Renton also advised the Committee that Councillor White, who had excused himself from the meeting, had indicated that he was minded to support the appointment of Mr Handford into the position of Monitoring Officer for a further interim period whilst the Council considered other longer term recruitment options available. Councillor White also observed the importance of the Monitoring Officer role maintaining a neutral and consistent approach.

Members recognised the range of contributions that Mr Handford had continued to provide to the Council in his role as Head of Legal Services and Monitoring Officer. The volume of work that had been addressed in this period had been significant and the Chief Executive informed the Committee of the constraints on Mr Handford’s capacity to undertake other development opportunities such as:

·         a structured development review of the operation of the Monitoring Officer service from a member perspective;

·         shadowing Monitoring Officers at other authorities; or

·         undertaking additional specific training on the role (as discussed by the Chairman following the October 2017 meeting of the Committee).

Members considered that it would prove beneficial to the Council as a whole  ...  view the full minutes text for item 11.


Any Other Urgent Business

To consider any item(s) which, in the opinion of the Chairman, should be considered as a matter of urgency - Local Government Act 1972, Section 100B(4)(b).


(NOTE: Under Committee Procedure Rule 17, items of urgent business must be submitted in writing but may be supplemented by an oral report).