Appointment of the Director of Commercial and Corporate Resources

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Dear Copeland Borough Council,

Please can you set out in detail the recruitment process that was followed for the recent appointment of the Director of Commercial and Corporate Resources:

1. Where and how was the vacancy advertised?
2. Please supply me with a copy of the advertisement of the vacancy.
3. How many candidates applied?
4. How many candidates were shortlisted?
5. Who sat on the shortlisting panel and what is their role in the
authority?
6. Who sat on the interview panel and what is their role in the authority?

Please forward a copy of the decision notice approving the appointment.

In addition, please can you advise if the current total remuneration of the Director of Commercial and Corporate Resources is that set by council in December 2015, and if not please advise when the decision was taken to amend the salary and who made that decision. Please forward a copy of the relevant decision notice.

Can you please also advise whether the current salary levels of the Managing Director and of the Director of Customer and Community Services are as set by Council in December 2015, and if not please advise when these salary levels were set and by whom. Please forward a copy of the relevant decision notice.

For the purpose of clarification please assume "salary" means the overall remuneration package, including basic salary plus any additional payments whether one off or continuing,
including for example (but not limited to) market supplement, incentive payment, any additional payments to cover travel/accommodation costs, performance bonus, special responsibility allowance, S151 pay supplement etc.

Yours faithfully,

Doug Paulley

Clifford Walker, Copeland Borough Council

Dear Doug,

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Regards,

Cliff Walker
Information Management Officer
Business Support
Copeland Borough Council

Tel: 01946 59 8529
Email: [email address]

Copeland Borough Council, The Copeland Centre, Catherine Street, Whitehaven, Cumbria, CA28 7SJ. Tel: 01946 598300. Fax: 01946 598303. www.copeland.gov.uk, [Copeland Borough Council request email]

Working to improve lives, communities and the prosperity of Copeland

Richard Taylor left an annotation ()

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Dear Clifford Walker,

I have just sent a S50 request to the ICO on the following grounds.

"Dear ICO,

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They haven't responded "promptly, and in any case within 20 working days".

I know from the attached email that you don't require people who have not received any substantive response from an organisation, to request an internal review before referring the matter to yourself.

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Yours sincerely,

Doug Paulley

Mark Hudson left an annotation ()

Thanks Doug. You might want to have a look at my FOI.

Clifford Walker, Copeland Borough Council

Dear Mr Paulley,

 

Thank you for your request for information regarding the Appointment of
the Director of Commercial and Corporate Resources. Please accept my
apology for the delay in response.

 

I can advise that the information requested is as follows:

 

Please can you set out in detail the recruitment process that was followed
for the recent appointment of the Director of Commercial and Corporate
Resources:

 

1. Where and how was the vacancy advertised? -  Not applicable vacancy not
advertised. See A. below

2. Please supply me with a copy of the advertisement of the vacancy. - See
A. below

3. How many candidates applied?  -See A. below

4. How many candidates were shortlisted? -  See A. below

5. Who sat on the shortlisting panel and what is their role in the
authority? - See A. below

6. Who sat on the interview panel and what is their role in the authority?
- Following the application of the Manging Change Policy and Pay Policy
Statement, the Chief Officer Appointment has been ratified by the
Council’s Personnel Panel.

 

Please forward a copy of the decision notice approving the appointment.

 

A.          The role of Director of Corporate and Commercial Resources was
filled as part of the Council’s review of Support Services by an internal
candidate.  The Council policy on Managing Change was followed in the
appointment to this role which covers the process of appointing an
internal candidate.

 

In addition, please can you advise if the current total remuneration of
the Director of Commercial and Corporate Resources is that set by council
in December 2015, and if not please advise when the decision was taken to
amend the salary and who made that decision. Please forward a copy of the
relevant decision notice.

 

The base salary of the role is £84,500 with an additional 10% in respect
of Statutory Officer Duties as S.151 Officer.  The decision was made by
the Elected Mayor as delegated to him as part of the Council’s Pay
Statement 2017/18, approved by Council in March 2017.  (see extract below)

 

“To ensure the Council has sufficient flexibility to cope with a variety
of circumstances in the recruitment and retention of employees, a
Director, in conjunction with the Head of Paid Service (Elected Mayor
where Director posts are involved) may agree the use of additional
payments for individual categories of posts, individual posts or
individual employees.  Such payments will take full and proper account of
all provisions of relevant employment law and Council policies, as
approved.”

 

Can you please also advise whether the current salary levels of the
Managing Director and of the Director of Customer and Community Services
are as set by Council in December 2015, and if not please advise when
these salary levels were set and by whom. Please forward a copy of the
relevant decision notice.

 

Managing Director

The base salary was reviewed by the Elected Mayor in April 2017 and
increased to £98,000, as delegated to him as part of the Council’s Pay
Statement 2017/18.

 

Director of Customer and Customer Services

The base salary was increased to £75,750 effective 1st April 2017 in line
with the national pay award of 1% for Chief Officers.

 

For the purpose of clarification please assume "salary" means the overall
remuneration package, including basic salary plus any additional payments
whether one off or continuing, including for example (but not limited to)
market supplement, incentive payment,  any additional payments to cover
travel/accommodation costs, performance bonus, special responsibility
allowance, S151 pay supplement etc.

 

I hope this is the information you require, but do not hesitate to contact
me if you wish to clarify anything further.

 

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are as efficient and effective as possible, and this includes any requests
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Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

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For more information: https://ico.org.uk/

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Cliff Walker

Information Management Officer

Business Support

Copeland Borough Council

 

Tel: 01946 59 8529

Email: [email address]

 

Copeland Borough Council, The Copeland Centre, Catherine Street,
Whitehaven, Cumbria, CA28 7SJ. Tel: 01946 598300. Fax: 01946 598303.
www.copeland.gov.uk, [Copeland Borough Council request email]

 

Working to improve lives, communities and the prosperity of Copeland

 

 

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