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Appointments Committee



This meeting will be held on:

Date:          Monday 21 September 2020

Time:          6.00 pm                                    

Place:         Zoom - Remote meeting


For further information please contact:

Andrew Brown, Committee & Member Services Manager, Committee Services Officer

)  01865 252230                    * democraticservices@oxford.gov.uk


Access to all or the majority of this meeting is limited to committee members; officers attending to assist the committee or present reports; and those invited to attend. The reasons for these restrictions are set out for each item later in the agenda


Members of the public may only observe during the open part(s) of the meeting and must leave the meeting during the restricted parts.




Committee Membership

Councillors: Membership 5: Quorum 3: substitutes are permitted.


 Councillor Susan Brown (Chair)

Councillor Andrew Gant

Councillor Tom Hayes

Councillor Alex Hollingsworth

Councillor Ed Turner (Vice Chair)









Substitutes for the Chair and Vice-chair do not take on these roles.











Apologies for absence and substitutions





Declarations of interest





Part II - Matters Exempt from publication



If the Committee wishes to exclude the press and public from the meeting during its consideration of the item on the exempt from publication part of the agenda, it will be necessary for the Committee to pass a resolution in accordance with the provisions of Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 specifying the grounds on which their presence could involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act if and so long as, in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

(The Access to Information Procedure Rules at Section 15.4 of the Council’s Constitution set out the conditions under which the public can be excluded from meetings).





Reports of the Head of Paid Service and Head of Business Improvement on senior management arrangements

7 - 18


Exempt: By Virtue of Paragraph 1 Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 Information relating to any individual.

The Committee is asked to consider

1.    a report on a contract extension;

2.    verbal update on the recruitment for a new Head of Law and Governance;

3.    any other matters reported at the meeting by the Head of Paid Service (Chief Executive) or the Head of Business Improvement.






19 - 20


The Committee is asked to approve the minutes of the meeting held on 27 July 2020.





Date of next meeting



Meetings are scheduled as follows:

·         27 October 2020, 9am (provisional start time)

·         3 December 2020, 6pm






Information for those attending

Recording and reporting

Members of public and press can record, or report in other ways, the parts of the meeting open to the public.

It is not permitted to record or report or make public any part which is not open to the public apart from the formal record of the meeting.

The Council asks those recording to follow the protocol which can be found on the Council’s website  Those speaking in the open part of the meeting should be aware that they may be recorded during their speech and any follow-up. Those attending a meeting should be aware that recording may take place and that they may be inadvertently included in these.

The Chair of the meeting has absolute discretion to suspend or terminate any activities that in his or her opinion are disruptive.

Councillors declaring interests

General duty

You must declare any disclosable pecuniary interests when the meeting reaches the item on the agenda headed “Declarations of Interest” or as soon as it becomes apparent to you.

What is a disclosable pecuniary interest?

Disclosable pecuniary interests relate to your* employment; sponsorship (ie payment for expenses incurred by you in carrying out your duties as a councillor or towards your election expenses); contracts; land in the Council’s area; licenses for land in the Council’s area; corporate tenancies; and securities.  These declarations must be recorded in each councillor’s Register of Interests which is publicly available on the Council’s website.

Declaring an interest

Where any matter disclosed in your Register of Interests is being considered at a meeting, you must declare that you have an interest.  You should also disclose the nature as well as the existence of the interest. If you have a disclosable pecuniary interest, after having declared it at the meeting you must not participate in discussion or voting on the item and must withdraw from the meeting whilst the matter is discussed.

Members’ Code of Conduct and public perception

Even if you do not have a disclosable pecuniary interest in a matter, the Members’ Code of Conduct says that a member “must serve only the public interest and must never improperly confer an advantage or disadvantage on any person including yourself” and that “you must not place yourself in situations where your honesty and integrity may be questioned”.  What this means is that the matter of interests must be viewed within the context of the Code as a whole and regard should continue to be paid to the perception of the public.

*Disclosable pecuniary interests that must be declared are not only those of the member her or himself but also those member’s spouse, civil partner or person they are living with as husband or wife or as if they were civil partners.