Friday, December 5, 2014

News: Rotherham Council begins recruitment for new chief exec

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Rotherham Council has begun the search for a permanent replacement for its chief executive, Martin Kimber (pictured), who left the authority in October.

Kimber announced that he would step down as chief executive of Rotherham Council in September, with the announcement coming two weeks after the publication of a damning independent inquiry from Alexis Jay into child sexual exploitation in the borough, and two weeks after Cllr. Roger Stone stepped down as leader of the council.

The council underwent a recruitment process to find a new chief executive after Cllr. Paul Lakin assumed the role of leader of the Council. Jan Ormondroyd, previously chief executive at Bristol City Council and Suffolk Coastal District Council and deputy chief executive in Hull, took on the role on an interim basis from November 3.

The salary for the short term arrangement for the interim chief executive is set at £160k per annum in accordance with the existing salary level for the current post.

Now global HR services group, Penna has been brought in by the council to find a permanent chief executive, the senior officer who leads and takes responsibility for the work of the 11,000 paid staff of the Council who run the local authority on a day to day basis. As one of the borough's biggest employers the council had gross income and expenditure of over £700m last year.

The job advert reads: "The story of Rotherham has been well documented. It needs little introduction and the headlines speak for themselves. We have a significant challenge that requires the very best leadership skills, resilience and experience. We will rebuild confidence with our communities, stakeholders and partners. Your leadership will ensure we learn from the past but look to the future with renewed confidence.

"We already have new leadership for our children and young people's service and we're working closely with our improvement board to make the changes needed. But we will be looking to you to build on this and learn from the findings of the CGI report due to be published in January."

The CGI report stems from an government-appointed independent inspection headed up by Louise Casey CB into whether or not the council is meeting its duty to secure continuous improvement in respect of its governance and the services it delivers for children and young people.

The salary for the permanent post is only listed as "competitive and negotiable" and it is not clear whether a market supplement (extra payment) will be necessary in the same way as the council's Staffing Committee agreed it was to attract and retain the interim strategic director of Children and Young People's Services.

Images: Rotherham Council

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