Head of Human Resources and Organisational Development post

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Dear Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council,

After looking at the information provided by Calderdale Council, in response to an enquiry on the Calderdale Council section of the ‘What do they Know’ entitled web site on 2.9.18, entitled ‘Recruitment & Diversity - Chief Executive, Director of HR and Recruitment Manager’ (link below), it will be helpful if you could please answer the following questions in respect of the post of Head of Human Resources and Organisational Development:

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/r...

1. In September 2017, the role profile for the Head of Human Resources and Organisational Development, was ‘Prepared by’ Natalie Shaw, HR Adviser. At the time of undertaking this piece of work - What was the name and role title of the person who led the Calderdale Council Human Resources team – was this Jackie Addison who was the successful applicant for the Head of Human Resources and Organisational Development post?

2. At the time the role profile was prepared, did Natalie Shaw report directly to Jackie Addison or another person within the Human Resources team? If she reported to another person within the Human Resource Team, please provide the name of this person, their role title and the name and role title of the person they reported to in the Human Resources team.

3. In the past, has Jackie Addison worked alongside and or directly managed Natalie Shaw? If so, when, for how long, in what capacity and within which organisation/s? Was Jackie Addison involved in Natalie’s recruitment to the Council and or any other organisation?

4. What was the Emma Bolton’s role, as the Recruitment and Resourcing Manager, in the production of the Head of Human Resources and Organisational Development role profile and, at the time of undertaking this piece of work in September 2017, what was Emma’s reporting line within the HR team structure – did she report directly to Jackie Addison or someone else in the Human Resources team – if so who and what was their role title?

5. In the past, has Jackie Addison worked alongside and or directly managed Emma Bolton? If so, when, for how long, in what capacity and within which organisation’s? Was Jackie Addison involved in Emma’s recruitment to the Council and or any other organisation?

6. Based on the information within the ‘Qualifications’ section of the ‘Person Specification’ of the ‘Role Profile’, is it possible for the person operating in the Head of Human Resources to have no academic qualifications in English Language and Maths at GCSE/O Level at grade C or the new grade 4 and above, no professional qualifications achieved through examination for membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and no professional or other qualifications at National Qualification Framework level 3 (such as A level), level 4 (such as HND/C level), level 5 (such as degree level), level 6 (such as post graduate degree level) and level 7 (such as MBA level)?

7. Was anyone from outside of Calderdale Council involved in the production of the new Head of Human Resources and Development role profile in 2017? If so, who and when?

8. Please provide a copy of the interview questions and any other assessment materials use in the assessment process to identify the successful applicant for the Head of Human Resources post.

9. Jackie Addison wrote the Role Profile for the Recruitment and Resourcing Manager post - did she also write the role profile for the HR Adviser post as well as the ?

10. Since commencing in the Head of Human Resources and Organisational Development posts, has the post holder commenced undertaking or acquired any professional qualifications, how is the post holder being assisted with maintaining and increasing knowledge and skills for the post and how much money has the Council invested in their training and development?

Regards

Jill Meesham

Suzanne Prescott, Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Ms Meesham

 

Please find attached our acknowledgement of your request received today.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Suzanne Prescott

Principal Governance Support Officer

Legal and Democratic Services

Chief Executive’s Office

Calderdale Council

Town Hall

Halifax HX1 1UN

 

01422 822297

Email: [1][email address]

 

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Tracie Robinson, Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Head of Human Resources and Organisational Development post' as not all of the questions put have been fully answered, specific details below:

Question 3 – the answer to the question is incomplete - Has Jackie Addison been Natalie Shaw’s direct line manager? If so, for what period/s of time and what was Jackie Addison’s job title at the time? Was Jackie Addison ever involved in a recruitment process that resulted in Natalie moving into a higher graded posts? If so, on how many occasions.

Question 4 – It is stated that Emma Bolton was not involved in the Production of the Head of Human Resources and Organisational Development role profile yet her name and role title appear on the profile. Please clarify Emma’s role in the production of the role profile – why is her name and job title on there? - and say what Emma’s reporting line was within the HR team structure at the time – did she report directly to Jackie Addison or someone else in the Human Resources team – if so, who and what was their role title?

Question 5 – Has Emma Bolton every reported directly to Jackie Addison? If so during what period/s and what was Jackie’s job title at the time?

Question 6 – the answer provided does not answer the question put – please answer the question ie
Based on the information within the ‘Qualifications’ section of the ‘Person Specification’ of the ‘Role Profile’, is it possible for the person operating in the Head of Human Resources to have no academic qualifications in English Language and Maths at GCSE/O Level at grade C or the new grade 4 and above, no professional qualifications achieved through examination for membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and no professional or other qualifications at National Qualification Framework level 3 (such as A level), level 4 (such as HND/C level), level 5 (such as degree level), level 6 (such as post graduate degree level) and level 7 (such as MBA level)?

Question 8 – in your response it is stated that the interview questions for the and assessment materials used in the recruitment process for the Head of Human Resources and Organisational Development have not been retained. This is unbelievable in view of the seniority of the post being recruited to. Surely this information has been retained on record by the Democratic Services team or within the personnel records for the post holder?

In addition, please answer the following questions:

When was the Head of Human Resources and Organisational Development post created? Did it exist prior to September 2017?
Did anyone ever occupy the post before Jackie Addison?

What was the name and job title of the post Jackie Addison reported to in her job as Corporate Lead for Human Resources?

When was the last time prior to September 2017 that there was a higher graded post to that of the role of Corporate Lead for HR within Human Resources? What was the job title, grade and pay for the post? How does this compare to the grade and pay for the post of Head of Human Resources and Organisational Development?

Who does Steve Warmsley work for, what is his job title, who invited him to become involved in the production of the role profile for the Head of Human Resources and Organisational Development, what role did he undertake in the recruitment process for this post and how much was he paid? In addition, in the past 10yrs, what other work has Steve undertake for Calderdale Council and who was involved in hiring Steve?

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/h...

Regards

Jill Meesham

Suzanne Prescott, Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Ms Meesham

 

Please find attached our acknowledgement of receipt of your request.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Suzanne Prescott

Principal Governance Support Officer

Legal and Democratic Services

Chief Executive’s Office

Calderdale Council

Town Hall

Halifax HX1 1UN

 

01422 822297

Email: [1][email address]

 

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Suzanne Prescott, Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Ms Meesham

 

Please find attached our response to your recent request.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Suzanne Prescott

Suzanne Prescott

Principal Governance Support Officer

Information Governance Team

Legal and Democratic Services

Town Hall, Crossley Street, HALIFAX, HX1 1UJ

 

Tel: 01422 392297

Email: [email address]

 

 

 

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Dear Suzanne Prescott,

Thank you for your response to ‘Internal Review of Freedom of Information Request reference 27298’.

In the Council’s response to this request, it says it sees opportunity to reject the request for information under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act, however, it chooses not to – very odd behaviour indeed. It is clear to see that Council has chosen instead to use its response as an opportunity to promote itself as a victim of ‘harassment’ and suggest this request is no more than ‘an attempt to undermine the Head of HR’s position, their leadership and decision making ... (and cause) irritation or distress’.

The Freedom of Information Act was introduced to improve transparency and accountability in the public sector and tax payers have a right under law to know about the activities of public authorities, such as their local Council, unless there are good reasons for withholding information. This includes the right to information about how the Council makes decisions, the reason for those decisions, how it is performing, what and how it is spending public money etc.

The questions asked in this request, including my previous 5 requests, were simple question, however, the answers given have been somewhat evasive and or brief and lacking full information – that you should respond to the questions ‘When was the last time prior to September 2017 that there was a higher graded post to that of the role of Corporate Lead for HR within Human Resources? What was the job title, grade and pay for the post? How does this compare to the grade and pay for the post of Head of Human Resources and Organisational Development?’ with ‘This information is not held. There was historically a Head of HR post until 2013, but that was deleted in a previous senior management review.’ and be unable to provide any further information is nonsense and goes against the spirit of the act.

It is clear, from the information provided, that at least one very senior post within the Council’s, with considerable influence on its success, paying circa £85 – 90k pa excluding other employment costs such as pension, requires no academic and / or professional qualifications.

Comparing Calderdale Council’s requirements for the Head of HR and Organisational Development post with other similar posts in the Public Sector, it is amazing that no academic and / or professional qualification such as Fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, membership of the British Psychometric Society in view of the extensive use of psychometric testing of staff etc – there isn’t even a requirement to have Maths and English at GCSE grade 4 or above.

This freedom of information request specifically focused on the Head of HR and Organisational Development post due to its responsibility around equality and recruitment of employees, along with those for organisational development.

In view of the information provided in response to this request, it is a wonder how many other Council employees, similarly unqualified, occupy complex and senior management posts, how this can be and what impact it is having on services in the community.

It is stated in the Council’s response that ‘The Head of HR and Organisation Development post was created as a result of the Senior Management Review combining the Corporate Lead for HR and Corporate Lead for Workforce’ to achieving (financial) savings’ and Jackie Addison was appointment. It is reliably known the other candidate for the post was recovering from a significant life threatening illness. The idea that this post and recruitment process may have been tailored to undermine their chances of success cannot be ignored. Nor can the Council’s track record in how it treats vulnerable employees. That the person who was successful for the post has worked for the Council for 35yrs + and does not have the qualifications one would expect at this level is bizarre. I wonder where else this behaviour is being repeated in the Council and elsewhere in the public sector,

In view of your latest response to this request, a further response from the Council is not anticipated nor required – the information provided to date is most helpful.

Thank you

Jill

Suzanne Prescott, Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council

I am away from the office until Wednesday 23 October 2019. Please
re-direct any emails that require immediate attention to
[Calderdale Council request email]

 

Many thanks.

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