Appointment of Charlie Massey

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Dear General Medical Council,

You recently announced the appointment of Charlie Massey as CEO of the GMC, to take over when the current CEO steps down.

Please state how Mr Massey was recruited. Was the post open to external competitive recruitment? If so how was the job advertised, and how many people applied?
Was any external recruitment agency used? If so how much were they paid?

Did Mr Massey go through any competitive recruitment selection, for example interview? If so please provide copies of the assessors notes/score sheets from the interview (or provide the assessor notes from the alternative assessment he went through if it wasn't an interview).

Please state Mr Massey's annual salary when he starts. Please state separately any additional benefits (such as a 'golden hello', company car, private medical insurance etc), and state the value of these benefits. Please can you confirm whether Mr Massey will be paid directly via payroll as an employee (and the GMC will be paying employers national insurance as an individual employee), or whether alternative payment options have/will be set up?

Yours faithfully,

Edward Thomas

FOI, General Medical Council

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Thank you

 

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FOI, General Medical Council

Dear Mr Thomas

 

Your information request – F16/8304/SW

 

Thank you for your email dated 17 July asking for information in relation
to the recruitment of Charles Massey as the new CEO of the GMC.

 

How we will consider your request

 

We’re going to look at your request under the Freedom of Information Act
2000 (FOIA). The FOIA gives us 20 working days to respond but we’ll come
back to you as soon as we can. 

 

Who to contact

 

Simon Willis will be handling your request. If you have any questions you
can call him on 0161 923 6310 or email him at [1][email address].

 

Yours sincerely

Miss Sadie Jones

Information Assistant

[2][email address]

0161 250 6889

 

General Medical Council

3 Hardman Street

Manchester

M3 3AW

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Dear GMC,

I have not yet received a response to this request. Under the freedom of information act 2002, I should receive a response within 20 working days of submitting it. This deadline has passed.

Please let me know why you have not managed to fulfil this deadline, and when I can look forward to a response.

Should I not hear from you, or not receive a reasonable response, I will escalate the lack of a response with the ICO.

Yours sincerely,

Edward Thomas

FOI, General Medical Council

Thank you for getting in touch. Please note this is an automated email.

 

We’ll get back to you as soon as we can with a further acknowledgement.
You’ll usually hear from us on the next working day, but it might take a
little longer during busy periods.

 

In the meantime, if you want any further information about the GMC, please
visit our website.

 

 

Thank you

 

Information access team

General Medical Council

Email: [GMC request email]

Telephone: 0161 923 6365

Working with doctors Working for patients

The General Medical Council helps to protect patients and improve medical
education and practice in the UK by setting standards for students and
doctors. We support them in achieving (and exceeding) those standards, and
take action when they are not met.

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FOI, General Medical Council

Dear Mr Thomas

 

Thank you for your email of the 16 August.

 

We will be considering your email under our comments and complaints
procedure.

 

Julian Graves will be responding to your email, if you have any queries
you can contact him on 0161 923 6351, or email [1][email address].

 

Yours sincerely

Miss Sadie Jones

Information Assistant

[2][email address]

0161 250 6889

 

General Medical Council

3 Hardman Street

Manchester

M3 3AW

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Julian Graves (0161 923 6351), General Medical Council

Dear Mr Thomas

 

I’m sorry for the continued delay in responding to your FOIA request and
acknowledge the fact that we have missed the 20-working-day deadline on
this occasion.

 

It has taken us longer than envisaged to gather and analyse the relevant
data.

 

We are endeavouring to respond to you as soon as we possibly can and
expect to be able to do so within the next 7 working days.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Julian Graves

 

 

Julian Graves

Information Access Manager

General Medical Council

3 Hardman Street

Manchester M3 3AW

 

Tel. no: 0161 923 6351

Email: [1][email address]

 

 

 

 

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Dear Julian Graves (0161 923 6351),

You have failed to respond to your deadline you mentioned.

I have escalated this further with the ICO.

Yours sincerely,

Edward Thomas

Julian Graves (0161 923 6351), General Medical Council

Dear Mr Thomas

I'm sorry for the further slight delay. We will be responding to you in full today.

Yours sincerely

Julian Graves

Julian Graves
Information Access Manager
General Medical Council
3 Hardman Street
Manchester M3 3AW

Tel. no: 0161 923 6351
Email: [email address]

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Simon Willis (0161 923 6310), General Medical Council

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Dear Mr Thomas,

 

Your information access request

 

Thank you for your email of 17 July 2016 asking for information regarding
Charlie Massey’s appointment as the GMC’s next Chief Executive. I’ve
considered your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).
I’m sorry for the delay in providing this response and any inconvenience
caused.

 

Mr Massey was recruited following a national recruitment campaign overseen
by Odgers Berndtson. The role was open to internal and external candidates
who submitted a valid application. The vacancy was advertised on the GMC
website, Sunday Times, Odgers Berndtson website, and
[1]www.diversityjobs.co.uk and 28 applications were received in total.

 

I have attached a copy of the candidate brief, which sets out the
recruitment process together with the Person Specification, and also the
marking sheet used by the interview panel. Please note candidates invited
to the final interview underwent ‘leadership profiling’ and ‘media
testing’ and this was carried out by a third party instructed by Odgers
Berndtson. Further information about the appointment and the recruitment
process can be found at [2]http://www.gmc-uk.org/news/28616.asp.

 

Mr Massey will be paid between £230,000 and £235,000 per year which is in
line with the current CEO Niall Dickson’s salary as published on our
website. He will also receive a defined contributory pension worth 12% of
his salary. There are a range of benefits available to permanent GMC
staff, including the Chief Executive, details of which are available at
[3]https://jobs.gmc-uk.org/wd/plsql/wd_port....
Please note that these are not taxable benefits and Mr Massey may or may
not take up any of these. Each benefit differs in monetary value and the
actual cost would depend on which, if any, benefit he will take up.

 

Mr Massey will be paid directly through our payroll as an employee.

 

I am unable to give you assessors notes or completed scoring sheets
created during the recruitment process because it would breach the Data
Protection Act 1998 (DPA) to give these to you. We believe it’s reasonable
for individuals undergoing recruitment process to expect that the
information that they provide will be treated as confidential. The
statutory exemption which applies is as follows:-

 

·         FOIA section 40(2), by virtue of section 40(3)(a)(i), applies
where the information is the personal data of a third party and where
releasing the information would breach any principle of the DPA. In this
instance disclosure would breach the first principle of the DPA, which
requires the processing of information to be 'fair and lawful'. I believe
the conditions in Schedule 2 of the DPA, which are about the processing of
personal information, are not met and therefore giving you the information
would be unlawful.

 

The services of Odgers Berndtson were engaged following a tendering
process. This particular opportunity was advertised on
[4]www.mytenders.org on 28 January 2016, with a response date of 15
February 2016 and was open to all suppliers. I am, however, unable to
provide you further information about the sums paid. This is because
disclosure could affect our ability to tender for similar services in the
future; the relevant statutory exemption is as follows :-

 

·         Section 43(2) of the FOIA is an exemption for information that
if disclosed would be likely to prejudice the commercial interests of any
person, including the organisation holding it. This exemption is subject
to a public interest test. In this case we believe that the public
interest lies in maintaining the exemption rather than disclosing the
information on the basis that the GMC’s commercial interests would be
prejudiced by disclosure.

 

Your right to appeal

 

I'm sorry I couldn’t provide all the information you requested. You can
appeal against this decision to Julian Graves. If you want to appeal,
please set out your reasons and write to him at
[5][email address]. You can also appeal to the Information
Commissioner, the regulator of the FOIA and DPA – we can provide more
details about this if you need them.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Simon Willis

Information Access Officer

Resources & Quality Assurance Directorate

Direct Dial: 0161 923 6310

Email: [6][email address]

 

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