Dear Wiltshire Council,

Human Resources

What were the interview questions for the role of Head of Corporate Governance and Legal (and Monitoring Officer)?

What were the guided/model answers which accompanied the above role please?

What did the interview process comprise please? I.e. interview and presentation or psychometric testing etc?

Yours faithfully,

Linsey Preston

FOI, Wiltshire Council

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Dear Linsey Preston,

 

Freedom of Information Request Case ID 202001519

 

Thank you for your request for information received on 16 March 2021 in
which you asked for the following information:

 

What were the interview questions for the role of Head of Corporate
Governance and Legal (and Monitoring Officer)?

 

What were the guided/model answers which accompanied the above role
please?

 

What did the interview process comprise please? I.e. interview and
presentation or psychometric testing etc?

 

Your request is being processed under the provisions of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and you will receive a response within 20 working
days of receipt of your request, meaning you will receive a response on or
before 15^th April 2021.

 

Kind regards,

 

Henrietta
Information Governance Officer

Email: [1][email address] | Web: [2]www.wiltshire.gov.uk

 

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[4]www.wiltshire.gov.uk/wisc

 

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Dear FOI,

Please note that my FOI request relates to the role of Monitoring Officer and senior legal roles such as Head of Legal or Chief Solicitor within the Council.

Yours sincerely,

Linsey Preston

McConaghy, Andrew, Wiltshire Council

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Good morning Linsey,

 

I’m contacting you to ask for some clarification in regards to your recent
freedom of information request.  In your request you asked for information
related to the ‘role of Head of Corporate Governance and Legal (and
Monitoring Officer).

 

The council does not have a role that accurately fits that description, we
do however, have two roles which may fall within your request. They are
entitled;

 

Director Legal and Governance / Monitoring Officer

And

Head of Democracy and Governance / Deputy Monitoring Officer (Governance).

 

Could you kindly clarify which of those two roles, if either, you are
seeking information about.

 

Regards,

 

Andrew McConaghy

Freedom of Information and Records Lead

Information Governance Team

Legal and Governance

Tel: 01225 713632
Email: [1][email address]

Web: [2]www.wiltshire.gov.uk

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Dear McConaghy, Andrew,

Many thanks for your email.

My request is in relation to the post of Director Legal and Governance / Monitoring Officer

Yours sincerely,

Linsey Preston

FOI, Wiltshire Council

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    Opinion of Qualified Person under Section 36 Freedom of Information Act.pdf

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Dear Linsey Preston,

I write to update you on the status of your request.

It is the opinion of the Qualified Person that the section 36(2)(c) exemption (prejudice to effective conduct of public affairs) is engaged in respect of questions 1 and 2 of your request. Attached is a copy of their opinion so you can understood why the exemption has been engaged.

However, we are now considering whether the public interest lies in maintaining this exemption or not, by means of a public interest test. To allow for this to be considered the response time to your request has been extended under section 10(3) of the Act, but we will of course aim to respond again as quickly as we can.

The response to question 3 of your request is below.

3. What did the interview process comprise please? I.e. interview and presentation or psychometric testing etc?
My request is in relation to the post of Director Legal and Governance / Monitoring Officer

Response: 1. A technical interview with a legal specialist and HR 2. Three stakeholder panel meetings with internal & external stakeholders 3. Psychometric assessments 4. Formal interview with a member panel, including a candidate presentation based on a topic provided in advance

Kind regards,

Kyle McCormack

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FOI, Wiltshire Council

Dear Linsey Preston,

The public interest in applying the Section 36(2)(c) exemption in relation to questions 1 and 2 of your request has been considered. The public interest test supports the withholding of the information and the information not being published to the world (as a release of information under the Freedom of Information Act would be.)

Public interest consideration:

Disclosure of the information requested could prejudice the effective conduct of other recruitment and selection processes. This is because the Council uses an agreed template for selection interviews that includes generic questions about behaviours and values aligned with the Councils own behaviours and values framework and questions specific to roles at the same or similar level. To disclose this could result in any future candidates for roles at the same or similar level being in a position to better tailor their responses to meet the requirements of the interview panel and means it would be more difficult to identify the best candidate and therefore would prejudice the effectiveness of the selection process.

If you are dissatisfied with the response to your request you can ask for a review of the handling of your request for information. Details of the complaints procedure are below.

Regards,

Kyle McCormack

Information Governance Team

Legal and Governance

Wiltshire Council

[Wiltshire Council request email]

Freedom of Information Complaints and Review Procedure

Any person who has requested information from Wiltshire Council which has been dealt with under the Freedom of Information Act is entitled to make a complaint and request an internal review of the handling of their request if they are dissatisfied with the response they have received.

Requests for review of a Freedom of Information requests should be made, in writing, which includes email, to:

Freedom of Information and Records Lead

Information Governance Team

Legal and Governance

Wiltshire Council

[Wiltshire Council request email]

Please include the Case ID number, the date of your request and details of why you are asking for a review. Requests for a review should be brought to our attention within 40 calendar days of our response to your request.

Any request for a review will be acknowledged in writing confirming the reasons for the review. The review will be allocated to someone who is independent of the original decision. The person conducting the review will set a target date for a response with the intention to complete the review within 20 working days. In more complex cases the review may take up to 40 working days.

The reviewer will conduct a full review of the handling of the request for information and the decisions taken, including decisions taken about where the public interest lies in respect of exempt information where applicable. The review enables a re-evaluation of the case taking into account any matters raised by the requester.

On completion of the review the reviewer will contact the requester with the result of the review. If the requester is still dissatisfied with the council's handling of their request they should contact the Information Commissioners Office (ICO). The ICO can be contacted using the following details:

Information Commissioners Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

Tel; 0303 123 1113 (local rate)

01625 545 745 (national rate)

Email; [email address]

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