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Re: SBC senior management cuts (from 4 to 3)
« Reply #20 on: September 29, 2011, 11:25:16 PM »
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I know that when these people reapply for their jobs that they will undergo 3 hour behavoural interviews which will be very intense indeed.

And the purpose of 3 hours of such interviews will be what precisely?


and who is hosting these interviews.... maybe more consultants ?

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Re: SBC senior management cuts (from 4 to 3)
« Reply #21 on: September 29, 2011, 11:43:17 PM »
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I know that when these people reapply for their jobs that they will undergo 3 hour behavoural interviews which will be very intense indeed.

And the purpose of 3 hours of such interviews will be what precisely?
Competency.
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Re: SBC senior management cuts (from 4 to 3)
« Reply #22 on: September 29, 2011, 11:47:42 PM »
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I know that when these people reapply for their jobs that they will undergo 3 hour behavoural interviews which will be very intense indeed.

And the purpose of 3 hours of such interviews will be what precisely?


and who is hosting these interviews.... maybe more consultants ?

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As far as i know it will be a pannel of people.
I don't know for sure but I will make a guess that they would be professional interviewers.
At the end of the day, these are highly paid positions and competency is vital.
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Re: SBC senior management cuts (from 4 to 3)
« Reply #23 on: September 30, 2011, 06:53:52 AM »
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At the end of the day, these are highly paid positions and competency is vital.

Absolutely  :agreed:


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4 minus 1 = 5?
« Reply #24 on: October 05, 2011, 04:21:13 PM »
I'm a little confused by the maths. Could a Swindonian educate me? I thought the top posts were being cut?

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Swindon Borough Council has today confirmed the appointments to its new senior management structure, which will reduce senior management costs.

This follows a meeting last week of the council's cross-party appointments sub-committee, which confirmed the new 'Tier 1' director roles.

The decision means that the Council will reduce the number of directors paid on the previous group director payscale from four to three, and leaves the council on target to make its projected £1.2million savings across its three top management tiers.

The new senior management board at the council will be made up of five directors in total. They are:

•John Gilbert – Board Director Commissioning (retaining Children's Services and Adult Social Care accountability)
•Bernie Brannan – Board Director Service Delivery
•Hitesh Patel – Board Director Transformation & Strategic Projects
•Matt Gott – Board Director Localities
•Stuart McKellar – Board Director Finance, Revenues & Benefits and Property
The Leader of Swindon Borough Council, Cllr Roderick Bluh, said: "There was a very strong field of candidates for these vital roles. The interview process was rigorous, and the discussions often centred on the importance of our new way of operating, which is to devolve more decision making down to seven local areas, or localities.

"The interview panel felt that there should be more recognition of this at board level. As a result, we've made some changes to the roles that we originally thought would be necessary at Tier 1 level, and created a Board Director of Localities role, which will take on responsibility for ensuring local communities really are at the heart of our decision making process and the way we  work."

Cllr Jim Grant, Leader of the Labour Group on Swindon Borough Council, said: "I am confident that these changes to the senior management structure mean that the right leadership team is now in place for the significant challenges the council will face in the future."

Prior to the appointment process Celia Carrington, Deputy Chief Executive and Group Director of Environment, Regeneration and Community had informed the panel that, for personal reasons, she would like to reduce her hours and take on a part-time role.

After careful consideration the panel did not believe that this arrangement would be suitable for a Board Director role. Celia will be staying with the Council until at least April of next year to support the transition to the new structure and way of working.

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Re: 4 minus 1 = 5?
« Reply #25 on: October 05, 2011, 04:58:41 PM »

The Leader of Swindon Borough Council said:

Quote from: Roderick Bluh
"There was a very strong field of candidates for these vital roles. The interview process was rigorous, and the discussions often centred on the importance of our new way of operating, which is to devolve more decision making down to seven local areas, or localities"

A field of 5 apparently, 4 of whom were already in post and 1 who's been boot-licking his way to promotion for a long time.

It's a shame Celia Carrington has gone though. She was the only good one in the bunch.  I though Reidy said Hitesh was off to Capita?

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Re: SBC senior management cuts (from 4 to 3)
« Reply #26 on: October 05, 2011, 07:56:16 PM »
Reidy said Hitesh was off to Capita?

P'raps he is at Capita already and nobody has told him.

You know how forgetful the scamp is about Directorships and stuff, busy man like him can't be expected to remember where he works as well can he?
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Re: SBC senior management cuts (from 4 to 3)
« Reply #27 on: October 05, 2011, 08:46:12 PM »
Glad to see Bernnie Brennan is still there.... Top Bloke

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Re: SBC senior management cuts (from 4 to 3)
« Reply #28 on: October 05, 2011, 10:36:55 PM »

It's a shame Celia Carrington has gone though. She was the only good one in the bunch.


Not surprised - I am sure that her Olympic duties are taking up more and more time (Olympic Planning Committee) - in my experience  she was more of a cash drain on Swindon than a gain. So if she was the 'best' god help us all - may be time to leave this sinking ship of Swindon.

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Re: SBC senior management cuts (from 4 to 3)
« Reply #29 on: October 06, 2011, 08:23:08 AM »
I'm sorry to see Celia go, not that I've had a lot to do with her, but she seemed respected by her colleagues/staff and the conversations I have had have been promising.

I would make some commeent about it now being an 'old boys club', if the adver article did not point out that Celia had asked for her hours to be reduced and therefore left the field clear for her to go and them to stay.

Come to think of it, I wonder what happened to that policy of getting more women into the higher up posts.
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Re: SBC senior management cuts (from 4 to 3)
« Reply #30 on: October 06, 2011, 09:14:22 AM »
Apart from a woman stepping down what has exactly changed? Is it the same management team with different job titles? How much did this deck chair exercise cost the tax payer?

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Re: SBC senior management cuts (from 4 to 3)
« Reply #31 on: October 06, 2011, 12:48:27 PM »
I've been looking at several SBC department head and budget documents. It all seems very strange. In one place Hitesh Patel's department is not mentioned and has no budget and in another he has a budget of £105,758,000.

The new job titles seem to miss out all the departmental jobs that Celia Carrington used to have! Who will have"schools" now?
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Re: SBC senior management cuts (from 4 to 3)
« Reply #32 on: October 06, 2011, 03:09:48 PM »
Now when I was at work in the days of yore... being assigned to 'strategic projects' was usually a precursor to 'pursuing career opportunities elsewhere'.

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Re: SBC senior management cuts (from 4 to 3)
« Reply #33 on: October 06, 2011, 05:36:39 PM »
I've been looking at several SBC department head and budget documents. It all seems very strange. In one place Hitesh Patel's department is not mentioned and has no budget and in another he has a budget of £105,758,000.

The new job titles seem to miss out all the departmental jobs that Celia Carrington used to have! Who will have"schools" now?

Are schools services, strategies, local facilities or things to be commissioned?

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Re: SBC senior management cuts (from 4 to 3)
« Reply #34 on: October 06, 2011, 05:38:14 PM »
Ah, that would be unless you could finagle the project so that a special person was needed to run that new team, and the skill set for that special person was spookily similar to, um, mine!!!

There's an argument that strategic projects should be an ongoing, um, project anyway, but then I subscribe to the view that local authorities should have a very specific list of duties and the way they perform them should conform to a generic specification.

That would define their organisational shape and curtail little 'adventures' to a large degree, though inevitably some would test the envelope.
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Re: SBC senior management cuts (from 4 to 3)
« Reply #35 on: October 07, 2011, 06:39:27 AM »
Will there be more cuts lower down? One director is worth 4 middle managers, 6 junior managers and 8-10 front line staff, so if the saving isn't made at the top, those doing the work should be worried?

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Re: SBC senior management cuts (from 4 to 3)
« Reply #36 on: October 07, 2011, 07:19:27 AM »
If Belgium are doing OK without any government- does it follow that Swindon would do fine without any local government? That would save a lot of money.  :wink:

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Re: SBC senior management cuts (from 4 to 3)
« Reply #37 on: October 07, 2011, 08:07:02 AM »
Are schools services, strategies, local facilities or things to be commissioned?


They are going to become academies and free schools, privatisation by back door, just like housing no mention there of housing is there?

Wiltshire council take a different approach to this top tier stuff. http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/9292450.___Buck_stops_here____as_council_chief_is_axed/

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Re: SBC senior management cuts (from 4 to 3)
« Reply #38 on: October 28, 2011, 08:47:30 PM »
Next tier announced

What do we know about this lot?

Head of Commercial Services  Sue Mendham

Lead Commissioner  - Growing Economy/Attainment Outcomes Patrick Bradley

Lead Commissioner - I Like Where Live, Sports, Culture Outcomes Ian Bickerton

Lead Commissioner - Living Independently Outcomes Susanne Wald

Head of Corporate Finance Kirsty Cole

Lead Finance Manager - Education & Innovation Steve Haley

Lead Finance Manager Treasury & Growth Paul Smith

Lead Finance Manager Housing & Place Adrian Arnold

Lead Finance Manager - People & Safety Chris  Wilson

Head of Design and Architectural Commissioning Nicholos Newland

Head of Property Assets Robert Richards

Head of Revenues & Benefits Andrew Stevens

Locality Leads Jackie Moyles
Helena Robinson
Mark Walker
Nazakat Ali
Andy Reeves
Paula Harrison
Pamela Gough (Job Share)
Andrea Barrett (Job Share)

Service Delivery Lead - Helping People and Families Sara Tough

Service Delivery Lead - Public Protection and StreetSmart Philip Thomas

Head of Business Services and Support Karen McMahon

Service Delivery Lead - Recreational Services Roger Byrne

Service Delivery Lead- Planning Richard Bell

Service Delivery Lead- Highways & Transport Gwillam Lloyd

Service Delivery Lead - Housing Services Michael Ash

Head of Strategy and Innovation James Griffin

Head of Communications Gavin Calthrop

Head of People Nicola Houwayek

Head of Work Redesign and IT David Titcombe


A few names missing here as well - I guess they are on the early retirement redundancy gravy train!

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Re: SBC senior management cuts (from 4 to 3)
« Reply #39 on: October 28, 2011, 08:52:31 PM »
It's also worth looking at this https://ww5.swindon.gov.uk/moderngov/mgConvert2PDF.aspx?ID=39299&J=1


Extract below:

2.6. The Sub-Committee agreed to recommend that no appointment was to be
made to the advertised post of Board Director Localities, People and
Innovation.
2.7. Throughout the consultation and appointments process the Council has
been clear that localities should sit at the heart of everything it does.
During the selection process, members of the panel agreed that there was
a requirement to significantly raise the profile of the localities agenda and
to introduce a specific senior level focus for this area to increase the pace
of change.
2.8. The Panel therefore made the recommendation to create a separate
Board Director role for the localities function to ensure a dedicated
‘localities voice’ as part of all board discussions and to be accountable for
driving progress in this area. It was also agreed that there are a number
of major strategic projects that will require board representation. As a
result of this, the proposal from the Sub-Committee was that the Board
Director Localities, People and Innovation role should be deleted and two
new roles should be created, these being:
• Board Director Localities, and
• Board Director Transformation and Strategic Projects.
Page 6
Adjustment to Stronger Together Organisational Structure
Special Committee Date: 31st October 2011
Further information on the subject of this report can be obtained from Nicola Houwayek
on 07824 550456 or Email nhouwayek@swindon.gov.uk.
2.9. The Special Committee is asked to endorse the proposed revised Tier 1
structure, as set out in Appendix 2.
2.10. In recognition that this would create additional capacity at Tier 1 to drive
organisational change, specifically around the localities agenda, it was
agreed to recommend to the Chief Executive that the Head of Change and
Learning role be deleted from the Tier 2 structure. The responsibilities of
this role would be incorporated partly into the newly created Board
Director Localities and partly into the Head of People Tier 2 role.
2.11. There is no specific statutory or constitutional requirement to advertise
jobs that will be appointed exclusively from amongst existing officers of the
Council and it was agreed not to advertise the new roles. Members felt
that the skills and experience required for these roles had been
demonstrated by candidates through the selection process for the original
role of Board Director Localities, People and Innovation. The
Appointments Sub-Committee interviewed four potential candidates for the
post of Board Director Localities and Transformation and it was agreed
that the appointments should be made from this pool of candidates.
2.12. Based on the skills and experience demonstrated by these candidates, the
recommendation from the Sub-Committee was that the following
candidates should be appointed:
o Board Director Localities – Mr Matt Gott
o Board Director Transformation & Strategic Projects – Mr Hitesh Patel.


Patrick Weir (in my view one of the good guys) wasn't mentioned in the original announcemet. Is this demotion a for Hitesh (the phantom director)?