Agenda and draft minutes

Chief Executive Recruitment Committee
Monday, 18th February 2019 4.30 p.m.

Venue: Lancaster Town Hall

Contact: Debbie Chambers, Democratic Services - 01524 582057 or email 

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To receive minutes of the meeting held on 24 January 2019.


The minutes of the meeting held on 24 January 2019 were agreed as a correct record.


Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations by Members of interests in respect of items on this Agenda. 

Members are reminded that, in accordance with the Localism Act 2011, they are required to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests which have not already been declared in the Council’s Register of Interests. (It is a criminal offence not to declare a disclosable pecuniary interest either in the Register or at the meeting). 

Whilst not a legal requirement, in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 10 and in the interests of clarity and transparency, Members should declare any disclosable pecuniary interests which they have already declared in the Register, at this point in the meeting. 

In accordance with Part B Section 2 of the Code Of Conduct, Members are required to declare the existence and nature of any other interests as defined in paragraphs 8(1) or 9(2) of the Code of Conduct. 


There were no declarations of interest.


Options for the selection process pdf icon PDF 54 KB

The Committee will be asked to consider options for recruitment of a Chief Executive, which will be presented at the meeting, and agree a recruitment process.


A representative from Penna Consulting and the Committee’s Advisor, Gill Taylor, will both be in attendance at the meeting to present and discuss options for recruitment with Committee Members.



The HR Projects Manager introduced Ms Gill Taylor and Mr Peter John. Ms Taylor had been appointed to advise the Committee via SOLACE (the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives) and had knowledge and experience as a former Chief Executive in Lancashire and as an adviser to the current, and former, Chief Executive’s Appraisal Panel at Lancaster City Council. Mr John, from Penna recruiting consultancy, outlined the work Penna would carry out during the recruitment process on behalf of the City Council, and the considerable experience he had in recruiting high calibre candidates to similar roles.


A draft timetable for the process was circulated and agreed. Mr John outlined the process and went into detail about the proposals for each part of the procedure.


Members were happy with both the outline timetable and the processes described, which aimed to reach appointment stage at the 26 June 2019 Council meeting.




That the draft outline timetable (appended), be approved.