Agenda and minutes

Confirmation Hearing, Staffordshire Police, Fire and Crime Panel - Monday 3rd July 2023 12:30pm

Venue: Council Chamber, County Buildings, Stafford. View directions

Contact: Mandy Pattinson  Email:


No. Item


Declarations of interest

Additional documents:


None were made at the meeting.



Consideration of proposed appointment to the post if Section 151 Officer (Chief Finance Officer) pdf icon PDF 97 KB

Procedure note, Background Information and Job Description/Person Specification attached.


Candidate information circulated to Members of the Panel separately.


a)   To receive representations from the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner on the criteria met by the chosen candidate.

b)  To receive a presentation by, and to question, the proposed Section 151 (Chief Finance Officer) on his/her skills, experience, and ability to meet the criteria for the post.

Additional documents:


The Secretary to the Panel’s report explained that the Panel was required to hold a Confirmation Hearing following receipt of formal notification by the Police Fire and Crime Commissioner of his wish to appoint his preferred candidate for the post of Director of Finance Section 151 Officer. 


The report explained that guidance on the role of the Panel, recommended that through questioning of the candidate they should consider the ‘professional competence’ and ‘personal independence’ of the individual. To assist, the Panel had been provided with the preferred candidates CV in advance of the meeting and a job description/person specification was attached to the agenda.


Presentation by the Police Fire and Crime Commissioner


The Commissioner reported on the detailed and lengthy process followed by him to recruit a new Director of Finance and Section 151 Officer for the Commissioners Office. 


The Commissioner reported that Katharine Ross was his preferred candidate.


Presentation by and questions to Ms Ross:


Ms Ross briefly summarised her career, work experience and achievements to date.


The Panel questioned her on various issues including her experience of managing change, delivering results, working with partners, agencies and the public and measuring performance.


The Panel adjourned at 12:55 pm to consider their decision.


The Panel reconvened at 13:00 pm.  The Commissioner and Ms Ross were re-admitted to the meeting and informed of the Panel’s unanimous decision.


RESOLVED – That the Staffordshire Police Fire and Crime Commissioner be informed that this Panel recommends that he proceed with the appointment of Ms Ross as the Director of Finance and Section 151 Officer.