Agenda and draft minutes

Chief Executive's Remuneration Committee - Monday 11th October 2021 6.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber & Blue Room, Arun Civic Centre, Maltravers Road, Littlehampton, BN17 5LF. View directions

Contact: Jane Fulton 

No. Item


Apology for Absence


            An Apology for Absence had been received from Councillor Dendle.


Declarations of Interest

Members and Officers are invited to make any declarations of pecuniary, personal and/or prejudicial interests that they may have in relation to items on the agenda, and are reminded that they should re-declare their interest before consideration of the item or as soon as the interest becomes apparent.


Members and Officers should make their declarations by stating:


a)    The item they have the interest in

b)    Whether it is pecuniary, personal and/or prejudicial interest

c)    The nature of the interest



            There were no Declarations of Interest made.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 116 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes from the last meeting of the Committee held 8 December 2020, as attached.



The Minutes of the meeting held on 8 December 2020 were approved by the Committee as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.



Public Question Time

To receive questions from the public (for a period of up to 15 minutes)



            The Chair confirmed that no questions had been submitted for this meeting.


Start Times

The Committee is asked to confirm its start times for meetings for the remainder of 2021/22.


            The Committee




That its start times for meetings for the remainder of 2021/22 be 6.00 pm


Remuneration for the Vacant Chief Executive Post pdf icon PDF 233 KB

This report summarises the information that Members of the Chief Executive Remuneration Committee will need to consider when making recommendations to Full Council on the remuneration to be paid for the permanent Chief Executive Officer post. 

The report also provides notification of the details of the remuneration and appointment of the Interim Chief Executive Officer position. A separate confidential report will be submitted which will name the appointment of the Interim Chief Executive Officer.

Additional documents:


The Chair invited the Interim Group Head of Corporate Support & Section 151 Officer to present this item.  The Committee therefore received a report summarising the information that it needed to consider in making recommendations on the remuneration to be paid for the permanent Chief Executive Officer post. The Committee was also being asked to make recommendations on the remuneration of the Interim Chief Executive post based on recommendations made to this meeting from the meeting of the Chief Executive’s Recruitment & Selection Panel held on 29 September 2021.


The Recruitment & Selection Panel had suggested a remuneration package made up of the following for the permanent recruitment of a Chief Executive:


·         A salary of up to £125k per annum in line with current Chief Executive pay;

·         That this should be an all-inclusive salary with no additional allowances such as car allowance etc

·         That expenses could be claimed in line with Council Policy; and

·         A one-off relocation allowance of up to £8,000


The Committee was also being asked to consider the Recruitment & Selection Panel’s recommendation to the Special Council meeting on 13 October 2021 that an interim Chief Executive be employed on £1,543 per day for a period of six months to include agency costs.


            The Chair then invited debate on the proposals presented. Discussion commenced debating the salary for the interim Chief Executive where concerns were raised over the substantial daily rate proposed and questions were asked as to the hours that the interim CEO would work over a period of one week or calendar month.  Comments were also made with questions being asked over the one-off relocation allowance of £8k proposed for the recruitment of a permanent CEO. The point was also made as to whether the Council needed to have a Chief Executive. In view of the high salary to be paid and at a time when the Council was needing to be sensitive in looking at its costs, was this a cost that could be avoided and were there other options around the appointment of the CEO role that the Council could consider?


            The Group Head of Law & Governance & Monitoring Officer confirmed that the remit of this Committee was to consider what would be paid to the CEO considering the Recruitment & Selection Panel’s recommendations.  She explained that some of the questions being asked around the hours that the Interim CEO would work, would be provided at the Special Meeting of the Council on 13 October 2021 under Exempt Business. Responding to the comments made on the relocation allowance, this was  discretionary and for the Council to consider based on applications received. The Law under the Local Government Act 1972 confirmed that the Council had to have a Head of Paid Service, not necessarily a Chief Executive, but without one, the decisions made by the Council would be ultra-virus.


            Officers were asked if they could provide salary comparisons for those authorities that had a Head of Paid Service and not a Chief Executive. The Committee felt that this would be  ...  view the full minutes text for item 353.