Agenda and minutes

Chief Officers' Employment Panel - Thursday 10 March 2022 4.00 pm

Venue: Harrow Civic Centre, Station Road, Harrow, HA1 2XY

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To note under the provisions of the formula membership the attendance of the any nominees.

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RESOLVED:  To note the attendance at this meeting of the following duly appointed nominee Member:-


Ordinary Member


Nominee Member


Councillor Marilyn Ashton

Councillor Pritesh Patel



Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations of disclosable pecuniary or non pecuniary interests, arising from business to be transacted at this meeting, from:


(a)          all Members of the Panel;

(b)          all other Members present.

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RESOLVED:  To note that there were no declarations of interests made by Members.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 167 KB

That the minutes of the meeting held on 27 July 2021 be taken as read and signed as a correct record.


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RESOLVED:  That the minutes of the meeting of the Chief Officers’ Employment Panel held on 27 July 2021 be taken as read and signed as a correct record.

Resolved Items

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Restructuring of Community Directorate Senior Management Posts pdf icon PDF 531 KB

Report of the Corporate Director, Community

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Members received a report which presented the future capacity, skills and ambition required at Director level within the Community Directorate, following a consultation process to restructure the Director/senior management tier, to ensure that the Community Directorate was resilient and fit for purpose.


The Corporate Director, Community, outlined the content of the report which was before Members due to the proposed salary level of the new posts, and explained that the current structure was filled with postholders on either an interim or acting up basis.  The new structure for the directorate comprised four new Director roles each of which had been evaluated via the Hays job evaluation process as at grade D2 and were comparable to other London Boroughs.  The new structure also included a Chief Planning Officer and this post had been graded as D1.


A Member questioned the financial implications of the proposal and sought clarification in terms of the difference in cost of the existing and proposed structure as it did not appear to have included the cost of the Chief Planning Officer.  The Corporate Director advised that the overall cost could be contained with the directorate’s budget and was approximately £1m, including the Corporate Director’s salary, with £823,000 of that for the four new Director posts and Chief Planning Officer.  The Member expressed concern that an additional £100,000 was being proposed for senior management posts indicating that his preference would be for that money to be spent on services, such as a free bulky waste collection.  The Chief Executive advised the Panel that the proposed structure would cost less than was currently being expended.


A Member stated that he disliked some of the role profile titles and that they should be clear in terms of what skills the Council was looking for from potential postholders, for example, an officer to drive forward regeneration.  The regeneration programme required an emphasis on development and commercial experience whilst the local plan would require a different set of skills and he was concerned that it would not be possible to find a postholder that would bring both.  The Corporate Director advised that the Director of Regeneration and Sustainable Development would develop a long-term vision but might also have some experience of planning.


The Chief Executive acknowledged the Member’s comments and advised that the Chief Planning Officer would be the Council’s professional lead on planning. The Director role would focus on all aspects of regeneration and place shaping but the postholder might also be a professional planner.  He added that whilst the role profile and person specification were important, at senior level, where the role was advertised, how it was recruited to and the judgements of the appointing panel in relation to candidates were just as important.


In terms of equalities, in response to question, the Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development confirmed that the directly affected employee would be guaranteed an interview.




(1)            the remuneration packages for the posts of the Director of Environment, Director of Inclusive Economy  ...  view the full minutes text for item 87.