Agenda and draft minutes

Special Committee Re: Director for Children's Services - Interim Arrangements - Wednesday 12th June 2024 12:00pm

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No. Item


Appointment of Chairman


Resolved – That Cllr Alan White be appointed as Chairman of the Committee.? 


Declarations of Interest


There were no declarations of interest on this occasion. 


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The Committee informed that Neelam Bhardwaja’s fixed term contract as the interim Director for Children and Families was to end on Friday 14th June 2024 and Bernie Brown, recently appointed as the permanent Director for Children and Families was not due to commence in her role until Monday 1st July 2024; thus leaving a gap of approximately two weeks without a designated Director for Childrens’ Services 


The Chief Executive had considered the options for the transitional period as follows:  


·         To allocate the role to one of the Children and Families Assistant Directors. 

·         To retain another interim for the period. 

·         To designate himself as the Director for Childrens Services. 


After careful consideration, and bearing in mind the views of both the outgoing interim Director for Children and Families and the newly appointed Director for Children and Families, the Chief Executive recommended to the Special Committee that he fulfils the role as the Director of Childrens Services during the short period that the post of Director for Children & Families is vacant. 


Resolved – That Pat Flaherty, Chief Executive, be appointed as the interim Director of Childrens Services for the period between Neelam Bhardwaja leaving and Bernie Brown commencing in the post of Director for Children and Families.