Agenda and minutes

General Purposes Committee
Thursday, 23rd October, 2014 7.00 pm

Venue: Austen Room, Council Offices, Cecil Street, Margate, Kent. View directions

Contact: Anona Somasundaram 

No. Item


Apologies for Absence


Declarations of Interest

    To receive any declarations of interest.  Members are advised to consider the extract from the Standard Board Code of Conduct for Members, which forms part of the Declaration of Interest Form at the back of this Agenda.  If a Member declares an interest, they should complete that Form and hand it to the Officer clerking the meeting.


    There were no declarations of interest.


Appointment of EK Services Director pdf icon PDF 71 KB


    The Interim Legal Services Manager outlined the report. He explained that Donna Reed, the current director of shared services was leaving the post at the end of October and following a selection and interview process carried out by the three Council’s chief executive’s Dominic Whelan had been designated as her successor. As Thanet District Council were the host authority for East Kent Services and that TDC were required to appoint chief officers in accordance with its officer employment rules, the matter was being brought to the committee for decision.


    Mr Whelan however was only available to start in the new role at the beginning of December and so there would be gap of approximately one month where there would be no officer to discharge the functions delegated to the director of shared services.  Therefore it was proposed that TDC’s interim director of shared services Paul Cook would perform the role on an interim basis until Mr Whelan is in post.


    The committee then discussed the report and made a number of points including; that the report was a paper exercise, the committee was not really in a position to say no to the appointment of Mr Whelan, would Mr Cook not be overloaded doing his current job and this new role and would Mr Cook be remunerated for taking on this extra responsibility?


    The Interim Legal Services Manager and the Head of EK Human Resources confirmed; that the recruitment process had been robust, that the recruitment process for chief officers for East Kent Services would be included in a wider review of the East Kent Joint Arrangements Committee, that Mr Cook would be further delegating responsibilities to existing East Kent Services Officers and so would not be taking on anymore work and so would be receiving no additional remuneration for the role.


    It was proposed by Councillor Campbell and seconded by Councillor Bayford and AGREED that:


    1)  That as from 1 November 2014 Paul Cook, be appointed interim director of shared services to exercise the functions ascribed to the director until such time as the permanent appointment of Dominic Whelan takes effect.


    2)  That Dominic Whelan, be appointed director of shared services to exercise the functions ascribed to the director.


Exclusion of public and press pdf icon PDF 66 KB


Minutes of Previous Meeting


Report Following the Investigation of the Designated Independent Person


Report on the letter from the Monitoring Officer