Agenda item

Report on Senior Management Arrangements

Exempt: By Virtue of Paragraph 1, Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972: Information relating to any individual. The public interest in maintaining the exemption is so that discussions and deliberations of the Committee about candidates are not compromised and so that the confidentiality of information provided by candidates is protected.

The Chief Executive has submitted a report on changes to the Council’s senior management arrangements as required by the Council’s Constitution which includes the following responsibility at 9.3(a)(iii):

That the Chief Executive will report to the Appointments Committee within six months of any change to the senior management arrangements being implemented by the Chief Executive.

The Committee is recommended to note the contents of the update on senior management arrangements.


The Chief Executive introduced the report, highlighting some recent and planned staffing changes within the senior management structure.

The Chief Executive highlighted that:

·         The remit of the new Executive Director for Corporate Resources included responsibility for Financial Services, Law and Governance, and Business Improvement, and would include a focus on the budget, the Council’s change programme and company governance.

·         The previous Interim Director of Change had left the Council at the end of March 2022 having worked up the change programme.

·         The current Head of Planning Services was leaving the Council in the coming months and recruitment was underway to fill this post, with interviews planned for September.

·         The previous Head of Housing Services had retired in May which had created opportunities for internal progression within Housing Services.

·         The Council had entered into an arrangement with West Oxfordshire to share a Monitoring Officer for one year. This arrangement was generating income for the Council and was subject to a quarterly review. This had also created development opportunities for staff within the Law and Governance service.

In discussion it was noted that:

·         The selection of a preferred candidate for the Head of Planning Services post would not be a decision for the Appointments Committee but would be subject to Cabinet members being notified of the proposed appointment and not raising valid objections to it.

·         The current senior management structure was relatively new and there was now a stable senior management team.