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Meeting of the Executive held on 10/07/2007
Restructuring: Redesignation of Head of Paid Service Post



APPENDIX P
Waverley Borough Council

Executive - 10TH July 2007

Title:
RESTRUCTURING: REDESIGNATION OF HEAD OF PAID SERVICE POST

[Wards Affected: N/A]

Summary and purpose:

The purpose of this report is to seek agreement to the Head of Paid Service for Waverley Borough Council being redesignated as Chief Executive.

Environmental implications:

There are no environmental implications arising from this report.

Social / community implications:

It should be easier for people in the community and for partner organisations to understand that this is the most senior officer post in the Council

E-Government implications:

There are no e-government implications arising from this report.

Resource and legal implications:

There are no resource implications. Recognising that the Council, on April 2006, agreed to the deletion of the (former) post of Chief Executive from the staffing establishment, this would reinstate a post bearing the same job title. However, the change proposed in this report relates only to the job title whilst the agreed job functions will be unchanged from those agreed by the Council at its meeting on 12th December 2006.

Background

1. Following the deletion of the (former) post of Chief Executive as approved by the Council at its meeting on April 2006, the Council approved interim management arrangements and accepted the title of Managing Director for the post of head of paid service for Waverley Borough Council. The Council confirmed its acceptance when it approved a revised Scheme of Delegation at the meeting on 18th July 2006.

2. The use of the title Managing Director served to emphasize that there was a distinction between the former post of Chief Executive and the new head of paid service role and that the responsibilities had been changed. The use of such a title in local government is not completely exceptional; there are ten such job titles in local authorities in England and Wales for the head of paid service post.


3. However, the vast majority of heads of paid service in local government have the title of Chief Executive; the representative body for heads of paid service uses ‘Chief Executive’ in its title, Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE) and, similarly, the relevant trade union is called the Association of Local Authority Chief Executives (ALACE). There is, therefore, a risk that the title ‘Managing Director’ could be misinterpreted.

4. In discussions with the newly appointed Managing Director and the Leader of the Council, it has been concluded that it would be appropriate to use the title Chief Executive rather than Managing Director for the new post. For the avoidance of doubt, this does not amend, in any way, the responsibilities of the post.

Conclusion

5. For the avoidance of any doubt about the function of the post of head of paid service for Waverley Borough Council, the post should be entitled Chief Executive.

Recommendation

It is recommended that the Executive recommends to the Council that the post of head of paid service for Waverley Borough Council should be designated as Chief Executive with immediate effect.

Background Papers (MD)

There are no background papers (as defined by Section 100D(5) of the Local Government Act 1972) relating to this report.

CONTACT OFFICER:

Name: Richard Wood Telephone: 01483 523387
E-mail: rwood@waverley.gov.uk


Comms/exec/2007-08/031