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Apologies for Absence


Apologies for absence were received on behalf of Councillor J P Adams.


Councillor Mrs A Muckle attended the Panel proceedings as a substitute for Councillor Adams.


Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest from Members including the term(s) of any dispensations that may have been granted to Members by the Audit Board or Managing Director.


There were no declarations of interest.


Exclusion of the Press and Public




That, under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended), the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information.


No members of the press or public were present during discussion of the following item of business.



Appointment of Strategic Director (Internal Services) - Exempt Information Category SO46(1)(b)(Annex 1 Paragraph 1)


The Panel received a presentation from the Managing Director and representatives of the recruitment consultants Hudson Global, on the recruitment process to date for the appointment of a Strategic Director (Internal Services).


The Panel were advised that the Managing Director and the Head of Finance and Resources had held in-depth discussions with Hudson Global representatives on 8 and 22 October 2013; to determine the profile of the appointment and the skills and experience that would be sought from candidates applying for the position.


Following the scoping discussions held in October 2013 a twin-track recruitment strategy was agreed, with Hudson Global advertising the position in the Public Finance sector of the internet in addition to trawling the role amongst known contacts. The twin – track approach had resulted in 25 application packs being issued to candidates of which 18 were completed and returned to the consultants for assessment. Following a sifting process, an initial ‘long’ list of potential interviewees was reduced to a ‘short’ list of three candidates for initial interview. The initial interview process had produced a ‘stand-out’ candidate which the Managing Director and Hudson Global commended to the Panel for final interview and possible appointment.


The Panel agreed a list of wide-ranging and comprehensive questions to put to the interviewee.


It was agreed that the Panel Chairman, the Shadow Leader and the Audit Board Chairman would lead the questioning process, with other Panel members posing supplementary questions to the interviewee as topics were discussed in greater depth.


At the conclusion of the extended interview process, the Panel agreed unanimously on the appointment.




1.    That the post of Strategic Director (Internal Services) be offered to Sarah Martin, subject to satisfactory references and medical clearance;


2.    That the Managing Director be given delegated authority to complete the appointment process and report the outcome to the GAC.