New chief executive for Worcestershire County Council revealed

Malvern Gazette: Clare Marchant, in line for the top job Clare Marchant, in line for the top job

A NEW chief executive for Worcestershire County Council is on the verge of being appointed - with the current assistant stepping up to the top job.

Clare Marchant, who has made waves in the private sector as a production executive at Hovis, is being lined up for a promotion.

Mrs Marchant, who has been at County Hall since 2010, was promoted to assistant chief executive in August 2012 on a £75,800 salary.

Considered one of the high fliers at the authority, she made a final shortlist of five people and has now been recommended by the Conservative leadership for the job.

If she gets backing from full council next Thursday, her salary will shoot up to £151,000.

Councillor Adrian Hardman, the leader, said: "We have concluded a competitive recruitment process for a new chief executive which brought forward an excellent calibre of candidates validating Worcestershire's growing national reputation as a leading local authority.

"Clare is currently our assistant chief executive and if her appointment is confirmed, she will bring a wealth of knowledge from her previous extensive experience in the commercial sector, her national role in the NHS prior to joining us, and the nearly four years she has spent at the council.

"Clare has been pivotal in ensuring we rise to the challenge of change in a way which is driven by the views of residents, communities and businesses, works with partners and delivers savings, protects the most vulnerable and supports investment in the future."

A graduate of the University of Hull, after nearly four years at Hovis she joined Deloitte in 1997 and spent six years advising both private and public sector bodies on how to modernise.

Then came a plum job at the NHS, where she spent seven years using new IT systems to change the health service.

The impending appointment comes after current chief executive Trish Haines revealed she was taking early retirement this spring.

The opposition Labour group has already revealed it plans to take no part in the vote, claiming the council could leave the post empty.

Councillor Peter McDonald, group leader, said: "The council has shrunk in size almost by half and is still shrinking.

"Yet the Tories are now willing to pay out a salary of over £150,000 just to maintain a post no longer needed.

"Labour will vote against the appointment of a new chief executive at next week’s meeting."

Coun McDonald added: “The role of chief executive is not a legal requirement and the council can easily function without one, saving thousands of pounds a year that could be spent on providing much need services.”

The Conservatives have already considered going without a chief executive, or sharing one with other councils, but have ruled out both options.

The vote is almost certain to go through next week as the ruling Conservative party has an overall majority of councillors.

If appointed, the salary will rise to £170,000 within around three years.

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5:11pm Thu 6 Feb 14

logicalN says...

Just the kind of practical , down to earth , hands on person we need to manage what should be a resident friendly service . And there goes another flight of Gloucester Old Spots!
Just the kind of practical , down to earth , hands on person we need to manage what should be a resident friendly service . And there goes another flight of Gloucester Old Spots! logicalN

5:39pm Thu 6 Feb 14

jb says...

Councillor Adrian Hardman, the leader, said: "We have concluded a competitive recruitment process for a new chief executive which brought forward an excellent calibre of candidates validating Worcestershire's growing national reputation as a leading local authority.

Although in the end they just promoted 'in house'. No disrespect to Ms Marchant but as she has been assisting Trish Haines do they really believe she is the right person for the job? Speaking personally I feel if they had to fill the position it should have been someone from outside the county council with a fresh perspective on the problems faced. I won't make any jokes about Hovis and using her loaf though.....oops!
Councillor Adrian Hardman, the leader, said: "We have concluded a competitive recruitment process for a new chief executive which brought forward an excellent calibre of candidates validating Worcestershire's growing national reputation as a leading local authority. Although in the end they just promoted 'in house'. No disrespect to Ms Marchant but as she has been assisting Trish Haines do they really believe she is the right person for the job? Speaking personally I feel if they had to fill the position it should have been someone from outside the county council with a fresh perspective on the problems faced. I won't make any jokes about Hovis and using her loaf though.....oops! jb

6:38pm Thu 6 Feb 14

rod123 says...

Will the new chief executive require an assistant, now that the council is only half the size?
Will the new chief executive require an assistant, now that the council is only half the size? rod123

11:28pm Thu 6 Feb 14

CJH says...

"..validating Worcestershire's growing national reputation as a leading local authority" In what parallel universe is that for God's sake? They can't even sort out potholes, let alone anything major! What we want to hear is that they admit they've cocked it all up, and they'll do better in future. We don't want PR speak, mission statements, self congratulations, pie in the sky daydreams or any other old cobblers. We want the simple truth. Regrettably I'm not holding my breath. They just never seem to learn from past mistakes do they?
"..validating Worcestershire's growing national reputation as a leading local authority" In what parallel universe is that for God's sake? They can't even sort out potholes, let alone anything major! What we want to hear is that they admit they've cocked it all up, and they'll do better in future. We don't want PR speak, mission statements, self congratulations, pie in the sky daydreams or any other old cobblers. We want the simple truth. Regrettably I'm not holding my breath. They just never seem to learn from past mistakes do they? CJH

11:29pm Thu 6 Feb 14

CJH says...

"Then came a plum job at the NHS, where she spent seven years using new IT systems to change the health service." And this scares the heck out of me!
"Then came a plum job at the NHS, where she spent seven years using new IT systems to change the health service." And this scares the heck out of me! CJH

9:18am Fri 7 Feb 14

reflector says...

I thought the whole reason for making the change was to get in someone with a fresh approach, new ideas etc. I am not clear how this will be possible from someone who has been part of the existing team, even if you do double her salary.
I thought the whole reason for making the change was to get in someone with a fresh approach, new ideas etc. I am not clear how this will be possible from someone who has been part of the existing team, even if you do double her salary. reflector

9:48am Fri 7 Feb 14

denon says...

Nice to see someone with a business background Premier foods (Hovis),
Deloittes and a knowledge of the public sector. So many of us have being sayings it needs a person with a business background in charge. For once well done County Councillors.

Interesting to see Premier Foods boss earns £750,000 per annum plus bonus of £750,000 and share issues

They employ 8,000 people ...Worcestershire employes 4063 plus teachers.

Might have to think next time I buy a hovis loaf
Nice to see someone with a business background Premier foods (Hovis), Deloittes and a knowledge of the public sector. So many of us have being sayings it needs a person with a business background in charge. For once well done County Councillors. Interesting to see Premier Foods boss earns £750,000 per annum plus bonus of £750,000 and share issues They employ 8,000 people ...Worcestershire employes 4063 plus teachers. Might have to think next time I buy a hovis loaf denon

11:19am Fri 7 Feb 14

solar1 says...

What a load of self-congratulatory waffle from the Leader!!! Does he really think so little of residents brainpower that he truly thinks we will believe this outpouring?

What degree did Mrs Marchant obtain - media studies?

I only hope she wasn't employed in the NHS for the failed IT system which has cost tax-payers billions of pounds.

Even though Mrs Marchant has private sector experience, surely the fact that she has been with Worcestershire CC so long invalidates that experience.

I feel that, if we are forced to have a replacement Chief Executive, it should have been someone from an outside industry who might be able to bring new, fresh ideas to the role.
What a load of self-congratulatory waffle from the Leader!!! Does he really think so little of residents brainpower that he truly thinks we will believe this outpouring? What degree did Mrs Marchant obtain - media studies? I only hope she wasn't employed in the NHS for the failed IT system which has cost tax-payers billions of pounds. Even though Mrs Marchant has private sector experience, surely the fact that she has been with Worcestershire CC so long invalidates that experience. I feel that, if we are forced to have a replacement Chief Executive, it should have been someone from an outside industry who might be able to bring new, fresh ideas to the role. solar1

11:31am Fri 7 Feb 14

CJH says...

denon wrote:
Nice to see someone with a business background Premier foods (Hovis),
Deloittes and a knowledge of the public sector. So many of us have being sayings it needs a person with a business background in charge. For once well done County Councillors.

Interesting to see Premier Foods boss earns £750,000 per annum plus bonus of £750,000 and share issues

They employ 8,000 people ...Worcestershire employes 4063 plus teachers.

Might have to think next time I buy a hovis loaf
Just what we need - someone who can see £££ but not people!
[quote][p][bold]denon[/bold] wrote: Nice to see someone with a business background Premier foods (Hovis), Deloittes and a knowledge of the public sector. So many of us have being sayings it needs a person with a business background in charge. For once well done County Councillors. Interesting to see Premier Foods boss earns £750,000 per annum plus bonus of £750,000 and share issues They employ 8,000 people ...Worcestershire employes 4063 plus teachers. Might have to think next time I buy a hovis loaf[/p][/quote]Just what we need - someone who can see £££ but not people! CJH

11:57am Fri 7 Feb 14

saucerer says...

I always felt that the position of Chief Executive should have been abolished and for that level of management to be transferred to the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, a consortium of MDs from many of Worcestershire's top businesses. They'd have really sorted out how the council is run, while making sure the authority is run in a more efficient and leaner manner by competent staff.

However, I suppose we can console ourselves with the fact that the new Chief Executive has worked at top level in the superior private sector so hopefully she will be able to introduce some much needed business acumen, a harder working ethic, efficiency, a can do attitude and a change in culture which this council so badly needs.

What I still find shocking is the extortionate salary she'll be receiving, but if she implements private sector thinking and transforms this council, perhaps she'll be worth it.
I always felt that the position of Chief Executive should have been abolished and for that level of management to be transferred to the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, a consortium of MDs from many of Worcestershire's top businesses. They'd have really sorted out how the council is run, while making sure the authority is run in a more efficient and leaner manner by competent staff. However, I suppose we can console ourselves with the fact that the new Chief Executive has worked at top level in the superior private sector so hopefully she will be able to introduce some much needed business acumen, a harder working ethic, efficiency, a can do attitude and a change in culture which this council so badly needs. What I still find shocking is the extortionate salary she'll be receiving, but if she implements private sector thinking and transforms this council, perhaps she'll be worth it. saucerer

11:58am Fri 7 Feb 14

Jabbadad says...

I am a supporter of recruiting from within just as long as the within is running efficiently.
For some time a lot of misplaced / undeserved criticism has been lodged against Trish Haines, And I have it on good authority that she is professionally rated very highly among her Peers across the UK.
So I have to ask the question as to who really has the authority at County Hall, and the answer is ADRIAN HARDMAN, so no more sitting back ADRIAN whilst Trish has taken a bashing for your actions.
Be POLITICALLY A MAN and take responsibilities for the huge problems that have and are being created by you and your Tory Possee while obediently carrying out the wishes of your unpleasant government, and not the wishes and Wqelfare of local Vulnerable & Older People.
I am a supporter of recruiting from within just as long as the within is running efficiently. For some time a lot of misplaced / undeserved criticism has been lodged against Trish Haines, And I have it on good authority that she is professionally rated very highly among her Peers across the UK. So I have to ask the question as to who really has the authority at County Hall, and the answer is ADRIAN HARDMAN, so no more sitting back ADRIAN whilst Trish has taken a bashing for your actions. Be POLITICALLY A MAN and take responsibilities for the huge problems that have and are being created by you and your Tory Possee while obediently carrying out the wishes of your unpleasant government, and not the wishes and Wqelfare of local Vulnerable & Older People. Jabbadad

12:15pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Frustrated_PM says...

Now this is an awful waste of our money once again...the wrong person for the job as well.
So the recruitment agency were paid thousands only for the council to promote internally. The pay will be more than the Prime Minister after the trial period. The council will be halved again over the next 3 years so she will only be leading a couple of thousand max. AND the post didn't need to be filled!
Also Mrs Marchant has spent her time at the council moving her social friends (see facebook - however her account has now been hidden) into pivotal roles in her accent to the top!
Well this is just what the council needed! A person to lead with no people skills!
Look back on this appointment in 3 years and see what a trail of destruction and job losses has been left
Now this is an awful waste of our money once again...the wrong person for the job as well. So the recruitment agency were paid thousands only for the council to promote internally. The pay will be more than the Prime Minister after the trial period. The council will be halved again over the next 3 years so she will only be leading a couple of thousand max. AND the post didn't need to be filled! Also Mrs Marchant has spent her time at the council moving her social friends (see facebook - however her account has now been hidden) into pivotal roles in her accent to the top! Well this is just what the council needed! A person to lead with no people skills! Look back on this appointment in 3 years and see what a trail of destruction and job losses has been left Frustrated_PM

12:32pm Fri 7 Feb 14

denon says...

This appointment becomes more reassuring as the union dinasaur posts on here get more anguished....protect
ing worthless job...go to it Mrs Marchant and halve the organisation
This appointment becomes more reassuring as the union dinasaur posts on here get more anguished....protect ing worthless job...go to it Mrs Marchant and halve the organisation denon

1:20pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Andy-Apache says...

**** tories eh Jabba? They're not only to blame for Trish being misunderstood, they're also to blame for flooding on areas below sea level (!), developers riding roughshod, the fact that the moon isn't made of cheese (though that was Thatcher's fault) and Nazi's, and fat cats, and the bankers, and old people, and Iraq, Afghanistan, defence cuts, paper cuts.

God, no wonder they're called the Nasty Party. **** them!
**** tories eh Jabba? They're not only to blame for Trish being misunderstood, they're also to blame for flooding on areas below sea level (!), developers riding roughshod, the fact that the moon isn't made of cheese (though that was Thatcher's fault) and Nazi's, and fat cats, and the bankers, and old people, and Iraq, Afghanistan, defence cuts, paper cuts. God, no wonder they're called the Nasty Party. **** them! Andy-Apache

1:31pm Fri 7 Feb 14

lilboo says...

OMG no **** Sherlock, she's been coached for this job for years! What a charade they have put to go through a 'recruitment process' - oh nothing changes about Azkaban Hall does it, what a joke!
OMG no **** Sherlock, she's been coached for this job for years! What a charade they have put to go through a 'recruitment process' - oh nothing changes about Azkaban Hall does it, what a joke! lilboo

3:38pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Redhillman says...

The Worcestershire county council operates is just a disgrace and an utter shambles, often at the cost of the tax payer too. They all need a **** good kicking up there. I welcome the day when the private sector takes charge of services.
The Worcestershire county council operates is just a disgrace and an utter shambles, often at the cost of the tax payer too. They all need a **** good kicking up there. I welcome the day when the private sector takes charge of services. Redhillman

5:21pm Fri 7 Feb 14

denon says...

Well redhill thats what has happened
Well redhill thats what has happened denon

6:13pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Jabbadad says...

Yep denon over the past few years the Tory controlled Worcestershire County Council has quietly been moving towards being Commisioners only, (not Employers) and commenced to outsource the services that it had previously provided. Which to SIMPLIFY IS PRIVATISATION. In the instance of Care in the Home, Care Agencies sprang up some with no or little qualifications or sufficiently trained staff, and it seemed that NO ot little Quality Control was in place for registration. There have been CQC inspection reports which are quite disturbing to read, since of course these Care Agencies are responsible for the welfare of our older and more vulnerable people. Particularly distressing for families who frequently live away from their parents and think they are doing the right thing by arranging care for their parents. What I am sure of is that they were not aware that in far too many cases, Care visits of 15 minutes were / are all too often, since the Care Agencies are operating on very tight allowances. Some even expecting the Carers to travel between visits in their own time and using their own transport.
So these are some of the Propper Jobs Cameron boasts about, and who end up with far less than the minimum wage as do the estimated
1 million on Zero hour , or part time jobs, but which Cameron counts as a secure propper job since they no longer show up on the Job Seekers allowance list.
We are used to the politicians cranking up the spin coming up to elections but it really sickens me to see Cameron during Questions to the Prime Minister saying / claiming outragous success and being allowed to get away with it under Parliamentry privaledges.
Even today on TV News he was trying to look as if he was seriously concerned with the flooding crisis when these poor soles have been suffering for 5 weeks and more and he is hiding behind claims such as he is attending Cobra meetings.
With no fault of theirs, Troops are just being deployed, and additional pumps are promised and money as well as Dredging.
When New Labour came to power they slashed the Flood defence bill by millions, and for years local people who know their rivers have been saying that the authorities don't dredge anymore and the river levels are rising, and while it would not be the total answer only an idiot (or a politician ) would deny that regularly dredged waterways can carry / cope with higher volumes of water.
Yep denon over the past few years the Tory controlled Worcestershire County Council has quietly been moving towards being Commisioners only, (not Employers) and commenced to outsource the services that it had previously provided. Which to SIMPLIFY IS PRIVATISATION. In the instance of Care in the Home, Care Agencies sprang up some with no or little qualifications or sufficiently trained staff, and it seemed that NO ot little Quality Control was in place for registration. There have been CQC inspection reports which are quite disturbing to read, since of course these Care Agencies are responsible for the welfare of our older and more vulnerable people. Particularly distressing for families who frequently live away from their parents and think they are doing the right thing by arranging care for their parents. What I am sure of is that they were not aware that in far too many cases, Care visits of 15 minutes were / are all too often, since the Care Agencies are operating on very tight allowances. Some even expecting the Carers to travel between visits in their own time and using their own transport. So these are some of the Propper Jobs Cameron boasts about, and who end up with far less than the minimum wage as do the estimated 1 million on Zero hour , or part time jobs, but which Cameron counts as a secure propper job since they no longer show up on the Job Seekers allowance list. We are used to the politicians cranking up the spin coming up to elections but it really sickens me to see Cameron during Questions to the Prime Minister saying / claiming outragous success and being allowed to get away with it under Parliamentry privaledges. Even today on TV News he was trying to look as if he was seriously concerned with the flooding crisis when these poor soles have been suffering for 5 weeks and more and he is hiding behind claims such as he is attending Cobra meetings. With no fault of theirs, Troops are just being deployed, and additional pumps are promised and money as well as Dredging. When New Labour came to power they slashed the Flood defence bill by millions, and for years local people who know their rivers have been saying that the authorities don't dredge anymore and the river levels are rising, and while it would not be the total answer only an idiot (or a politician ) would deny that regularly dredged waterways can carry / cope with higher volumes of water. Jabbadad

6:24pm Fri 7 Feb 14

copierman says...

"Made waves working for Hovis".
They nearly went bump a while back and closed their Garret's Green Factory in Birmingham with a great loss of jobs.
"Made waves working for Hovis". They nearly went bump a while back and closed their Garret's Green Factory in Birmingham with a great loss of jobs. copierman

6:30pm Fri 7 Feb 14

copierman says...

Jabbadad wrote:
Yep denon over the past few years the Tory controlled Worcestershire County Council has quietly been moving towards being Commisioners only, (not Employers) and commenced to outsource the services that it had previously provided. Which to SIMPLIFY IS PRIVATISATION. In the instance of Care in the Home, Care Agencies sprang up some with no or little qualifications or sufficiently trained staff, and it seemed that NO ot little Quality Control was in place for registration. There have been CQC inspection reports which are quite disturbing to read, since of course these Care Agencies are responsible for the welfare of our older and more vulnerable people. Particularly distressing for families who frequently live away from their parents and think they are doing the right thing by arranging care for their parents. What I am sure of is that they were not aware that in far too many cases, Care visits of 15 minutes were / are all too often, since the Care Agencies are operating on very tight allowances. Some even expecting the Carers to travel between visits in their own time and using their own transport.
So these are some of the Propper Jobs Cameron boasts about, and who end up with far less than the minimum wage as do the estimated
1 million on Zero hour , or part time jobs, but which Cameron counts as a secure propper job since they no longer show up on the Job Seekers allowance list.
We are used to the politicians cranking up the spin coming up to elections but it really sickens me to see Cameron during Questions to the Prime Minister saying / claiming outragous success and being allowed to get away with it under Parliamentry privaledges.
Even today on TV News he was trying to look as if he was seriously concerned with the flooding crisis when these poor soles have been suffering for 5 weeks and more and he is hiding behind claims such as he is attending Cobra meetings.
With no fault of theirs, Troops are just being deployed, and additional pumps are promised and money as well as Dredging.
When New Labour came to power they slashed the Flood defence bill by millions, and for years local people who know their rivers have been saying that the authorities don't dredge anymore and the river levels are rising, and while it would not be the total answer only an idiot (or a politician ) would deny that regularly dredged waterways can carry / cope with higher volumes of water.
With your anti Tory rant blaming them for just about everything you can think of you seem to have gone off at a tangent. ( gone off thread)
[quote][p][bold]Jabbadad[/bold] wrote: Yep denon over the past few years the Tory controlled Worcestershire County Council has quietly been moving towards being Commisioners only, (not Employers) and commenced to outsource the services that it had previously provided. Which to SIMPLIFY IS PRIVATISATION. In the instance of Care in the Home, Care Agencies sprang up some with no or little qualifications or sufficiently trained staff, and it seemed that NO ot little Quality Control was in place for registration. There have been CQC inspection reports which are quite disturbing to read, since of course these Care Agencies are responsible for the welfare of our older and more vulnerable people. Particularly distressing for families who frequently live away from their parents and think they are doing the right thing by arranging care for their parents. What I am sure of is that they were not aware that in far too many cases, Care visits of 15 minutes were / are all too often, since the Care Agencies are operating on very tight allowances. Some even expecting the Carers to travel between visits in their own time and using their own transport. So these are some of the Propper Jobs Cameron boasts about, and who end up with far less than the minimum wage as do the estimated 1 million on Zero hour , or part time jobs, but which Cameron counts as a secure propper job since they no longer show up on the Job Seekers allowance list. We are used to the politicians cranking up the spin coming up to elections but it really sickens me to see Cameron during Questions to the Prime Minister saying / claiming outragous success and being allowed to get away with it under Parliamentry privaledges. Even today on TV News he was trying to look as if he was seriously concerned with the flooding crisis when these poor soles have been suffering for 5 weeks and more and he is hiding behind claims such as he is attending Cobra meetings. With no fault of theirs, Troops are just being deployed, and additional pumps are promised and money as well as Dredging. When New Labour came to power they slashed the Flood defence bill by millions, and for years local people who know their rivers have been saying that the authorities don't dredge anymore and the river levels are rising, and while it would not be the total answer only an idiot (or a politician ) would deny that regularly dredged waterways can carry / cope with higher volumes of water.[/p][/quote]With your anti Tory rant blaming them for just about everything you can think of you seem to have gone off at a tangent. ( gone off thread) copierman

6:54pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Jabbadad says...

Yep copierman sorry, I do get carried away over Cameron & Co and I was the same over New Labour when they mistreated the Vulnerable & Older People. And I definately don't apologise for that.
Yep copierman sorry, I do get carried away over Cameron & Co and I was the same over New Labour when they mistreated the Vulnerable & Older People. And I definately don't apologise for that. Jabbadad

7:50pm Fri 7 Feb 14

old misery says...

Every organisation has to have a CEO whether they need one or not it is the norm now even charities have one in fact I think the National Association of CEOs has one.God knows how this country managed before this position was created.
Every organisation has to have a CEO whether they need one or not it is the norm now even charities have one in fact I think the National Association of CEOs has one.God knows how this country managed before this position was created. old misery

12:16am Sat 8 Feb 14

Guy66 says...

CJH wrote:
denon wrote:
Nice to see someone with a business background Premier foods (Hovis),
Deloittes and a knowledge of the public sector. So many of us have being sayings it needs a person with a business background in charge. For once well done County Councillors.

Interesting to see Premier Foods boss earns £750,000 per annum plus bonus of £750,000 and share issues

They employ 8,000 people ...Worcestershire employes 4063 plus teachers.

Might have to think next time I buy a hovis loaf
Just what we need - someone who can see £££ but not people!
Stop being a pompous know-it -all!
[quote][p][bold]CJH[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]denon[/bold] wrote: Nice to see someone with a business background Premier foods (Hovis), Deloittes and a knowledge of the public sector. So many of us have being sayings it needs a person with a business background in charge. For once well done County Councillors. Interesting to see Premier Foods boss earns £750,000 per annum plus bonus of £750,000 and share issues They employ 8,000 people ...Worcestershire employes 4063 plus teachers. Might have to think next time I buy a hovis loaf[/p][/quote]Just what we need - someone who can see £££ but not people![/p][/quote]Stop being a pompous know-it -all! Guy66

5:09pm Sat 8 Feb 14

DarrenM says...

Surely the most important question on everyones mind though, is she in favour of 20mph zones?
Surely the most important question on everyones mind though, is she in favour of 20mph zones? DarrenM

6:37pm Mon 10 Feb 14

outsource bloke says...

old misery wrote:
Every organisation has to have a CEO whether they need one or not it is the norm now even charities have one in fact I think the National Association of CEOs has one.God knows how this country managed before this position was created.
They were cunningly disguised with the job title of Managing Director.... exactly the same role, we have just adopted the more American approach over time. MD=CEO, Finance Director = CFO, IT Director = CIO/CTO, Operations Director = COO.

I suspect you knew that but worth stating it just in case anyone thinks it is a layer on top of the MD etc..
[quote][p][bold]old misery[/bold] wrote: Every organisation has to have a CEO whether they need one or not it is the norm now even charities have one in fact I think the National Association of CEOs has one.God knows how this country managed before this position was created.[/p][/quote]They were cunningly disguised with the job title of Managing Director.... exactly the same role, we have just adopted the more American approach over time. MD=CEO, Finance Director = CFO, IT Director = CIO/CTO, Operations Director = COO. I suspect you knew that but worth stating it just in case anyone thinks it is a layer on top of the MD etc.. outsource bloke

9:53am Tue 11 Feb 14

green49 says...

The vote is almost certain to go through next week as the ruling Conservative party has an overall majority of councillors
YET AGAIN jobs for the boys, HARDMAN RESIGN you are not fit for purpose, you have no respect or reguard for the taxpayer who is footing the bill for this and its something not needed and again TORY politics, its a disgrace,
The vote is almost certain to go through next week as the ruling Conservative party has an overall majority of councillors YET AGAIN jobs for the boys, HARDMAN RESIGN you are not fit for purpose, you have no respect or reguard for the taxpayer who is footing the bill for this and its something not needed and again TORY politics, its a disgrace, green49

6:24pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Dimplez says...

I left County Hall last year. I worked as part of her team after she was appointed departmental head after a re-shuffle which saw the back of Diane Tilley. I myself was pretty unimpressed by Clare when she arrived. However I certainly didn't have anything against her, but many others did. She's quite an abrasive character which seemed to upset a lot of the status quo, especially middle management - a number of whom with brown noses have jumped ship since. I think what irked me about her was that I felt she wasn't particularly very good, but her offensive style helped bulldoze her way through the ranks. I'm not surpised that she's been promoted three times in as many years, but I am shocked that she's being made chief exec. Lack of experience immediately springs to mind, but also the feeling that this is a massive job that's landed in her lap by default through not much work at all - I think it's more about who's she's managed to befriend along the way. She'll certainly be looking after her own friends within the organisation, that's for sure. As an appointment for Worcestershire, I think it's a poor decision. I'm not a Labour affiliate myself, but I do side with them on this - the role is almost meaningless, and will become more so in the near future. The wage packet is absurd. The Council already has it's mouthpiece in the form of Adrian Hardman. This is a role that involves many coffee meetings, private lunches, back patting, golden handshakes, and not a lot else.
I left County Hall last year. I worked as part of her team after she was appointed departmental head after a re-shuffle which saw the back of Diane Tilley. I myself was pretty unimpressed by Clare when she arrived. However I certainly didn't have anything against her, but many others did. She's quite an abrasive character which seemed to upset a lot of the status quo, especially middle management - a number of whom with brown noses have jumped ship since. I think what irked me about her was that I felt she wasn't particularly very good, but her offensive style helped bulldoze her way through the ranks. I'm not surpised that she's been promoted three times in as many years, but I am shocked that she's being made chief exec. Lack of experience immediately springs to mind, but also the feeling that this is a massive job that's landed in her lap by default through not much work at all - I think it's more about who's she's managed to befriend along the way. She'll certainly be looking after her own friends within the organisation, that's for sure. As an appointment for Worcestershire, I think it's a poor decision. I'm not a Labour affiliate myself, but I do side with them on this - the role is almost meaningless, and will become more so in the near future. The wage packet is absurd. The Council already has it's mouthpiece in the form of Adrian Hardman. This is a role that involves many coffee meetings, private lunches, back patting, golden handshakes, and not a lot else. Dimplez

12:16am Wed 12 Feb 14

Jabbadad says...

Dimplez, Brilliant insider information. That's what we needed on this Topic.
Dimplez, Brilliant insider information. That's what we needed on this Topic. Jabbadad

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