Meeting documents

Ordinary Meeting of the Council
Wednesday, 12th July, 2017 10.00 am

Date: Wednesday 12th July 2017 Time: 10.00 a.m. Place: Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Ebbw Vale

Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

PresentAndReport toReport of
COUNCILLOR D. HANCOCK (THE CHAIR,
PRESIDING)
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1. TUDALEN GLAWR AGENDA GYMRAEG/WELSH VERSION OF AGENDA COVERSHEET
Tudalen Glawr Agenda Gymraeg/Welsh Agenda Coversheet (173K/bytes)
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2. CONDOLENCES


Condolences were expressed to the family of former Blaenau Gwent Councillor Richard (Dickie) Jones who had sadly passed away.

Members and officers stood in silence as a mark of respect.

The Leader of the Council paid tribute to Dickie whom he had known for over 30 years. Dickie had been a colourful and on occasion's controversial character but as a Councillor had taken his role seriously and worked tirelessly on behalf of the County Borough and the Abertillery Ward which he had represented. Dickie had particularly championed the cause of the 'underdog' and those that were financially under-privileged - he had worked for the Citizens Advice Bureau and had won many more cases on appeal than he had lost.

The Leader concluded by stating that you would only come across the likes of Dickie Jones once in a lifetime - he was unique and would be sorely missed.


Members concurred with the comments made and said that Dickie always had the best interests of the community at heart and had been very approachable individual. He would be sorely missed.

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3. SIMULTANEOUS TRANSLATION

It was noted that no requests had been received for the simultaneous translation service.

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4. APOLOGIES


Apologies for absence were received from: -

Councillors P. Baldwin, J. Holt, H. McCarthy, M. Moore, T. Sharrem, B. Thomas and Corporate Director of Education.

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5. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST AND DISPENSATIONS

There were no declarations of interest or dispensations reported.

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TO RECEIVE AND CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING REPORT(S) WHICH IN THE OPINION OF THE PROPER OFFICER IS/ARE AN EXEMPT ITEM(S) TAKING INTO ACCOUNT CONSIDERATION OF THE PUBLIC INTEREST TEST AND THAT THE PRESS AND PUBLIC SHOULD BE EXCLUDED FROM THE MEETING (THE REASON FOR THE DECISION FOR THE EXEMPTION IS AVAILABLE ON A SCHEDULE MAINTAINED BY THE PROPER OFFICER)
6. APPOINTMENTS COMMITTEE - MANAGING DIRECTOR JNC CE
Report (134K/bytes)


Having regard to the views expressed by the Proper Officer regarding the public interest test, that on balance the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighed the public interest in disclosing the information and that the report should be exempt.

RESOLVED that the public be excluded whilst this item of business is transacted as it is likely there would be a disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraphs 12 & 13, Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act, 1972 (as amended).

Consideration was given to the report of the Appointments Committee held on 6th July, 2017.


The Leader of the Council presented the report and outlined the robust and rigorous two-day process that had been adopted to interview candidates for the post of Managing Director.

The process had commenced with a full day of technical interviews which had been facilitated by Insight, followed by the formal Appointments Committee on 6th July, 2017. It was noted that the Chief Executive of the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) had also been involved throughout the process.

Members were advised that positive feedback had been received from the Chief Executive of the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) regarding the robustness of the appointments process and he would be recommending that the process be adopted as a model of good practice for other local authorities.

The Leader of the Council concluded by stating that he was very pleased to recommend formal appointment of Ms. Michelle Morris. If agreed, references would be sought together with a date for Ms. Morris to commence her duties. It was noted that the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) had also fully endorsed this recommendation.

The Head of Legal and Corporate Compliance advised that it was a requirement of the Council's Constitution that prior to the Head of Paid Service appointment being endorsed by Full Council, Members of the Executive must be consulted as part of the process. The officer, thereupon, confirmed that all Executive Members had raised no objection to the appointment.

The Leader of the Labour Group confirmed that the process had been robust and said he had been surprised at the number of good quality candidates that had expressed an interest in the role. He confirmed that the Labour Group fully endorsed the recommendation.

Upon a vote being taken it was unanimously,

RESOLVED that the report which related to staffing matters be accepted and the recommendation contained therein be agreed, namely that Ms. Michelle Morris be appointed to the post of Managing Director on a salary in accordance with JNC Chief Executive ( 94,905 - 102,351).

Agreed