New Worcestershire County Council chief executive confirmed

Evesham Journal: NEW JOB: New chief executive in waiting Clare Marchant, left, with leader Councillor Adrian Hardman, middle and Trish Haines, right NEW JOB: New chief executive in waiting Clare Marchant, left, with leader Councillor Adrian Hardman, middle and Trish Haines, right

A NEW chief executive for Worcestershire County Council has now been confirmed after a crunch vote.

Clare Marchant, the current assistant chief executive, will take over the top role in June.

It came despite a mass protest from the opposition Labour group, which voted against the appointment today on the basis the job will still pay more than the Prime Minister.

The salary will start at £151,000 rising to £170,000 within three years, compared to David Cameron's £138,000.

The stance infuriated other politicians at County Hall, who called the tactic "disgraceful" and said Labour was making "irrelevant comparisons".

The appointment was voted through by 38 votes to 13, with the Green Party also refusing to endorse it by abstaining during a show of hands.

Councillor Peter McDonald, Labour group leader, said: "How can they justify appointing someone to a non-statutory role on more than the Prime Minister, and on tens of thousands more than MPs.

"I really can't believe it when this council has shed so many jobs. It's as obvious as the nose on your face that the chief executive has fewer people to manage."

He said the payment "demonstrates all that is wrong with local government", adding that he was not being critical of the "individual who has got the job".

Councillor Alan Amos, also from Labour, then said: "We are told 'this is the going rate' but that's just a contrived, self-serving value, how we do know we won't get a good person for less."

It sparked fury in the council chamber, with the Conservatives saying it sent out "the wrong message".

Councillor John Campion said: "I am embarrassed to share a chamber with people who attack our staff in this way.

"What does this say to them? It's a disgrace - we employ thousands of people, we spend hundreds of millions of pounds, we need someone to do the job.

"It's shameful you've taken this line today."

Councillor Fran Oborski, a Liberal, said: "The last time I looked the Prime Minister had a flat at Downing Street and a house at Chequers, stop making irrelevant comparisons.

"I get fed up of people comparing this to the Prime Minister."

Trish Haines is taking early retirement and the Conservative leadership decided to cut the salary 10 per cent.

Ms Marchant, who has been at County Hall since 2010, started her career in the private sector at Hovis before joining Deloitte in 1997, spending six years advising both private and public sector bodies on how to modernise.

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

A handover period will now take place before she starts on June 1.

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6:15pm Thu 13 Feb 14

3thinker says...

There's a much easier way of achieving a large slice of the budget cuts without reducing frontline services.

Leicestershire are looking at saving £30M per year.

How?

Merging its County and 7 Districts to form a single Unitary Authority.

Why I ask aren't our local politicians looking at this in Worcestershire?
There's a much easier way of achieving a large slice of the budget cuts without reducing frontline services. Leicestershire are looking at saving £30M per year. How? Merging its County and 7 Districts to form a single Unitary Authority. Why I ask aren't our local politicians looking at this in Worcestershire? 3thinker
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6:44pm Thu 13 Feb 14

jb says...

Ms Marchant, who has been at County Hall since 2010, started her career in the private sector at Hovis before joining Deloitte in 1997, spending six years advising both private and public sector bodies on how to modernise.

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

This person is now in her fourth year with the county council and she came with a pedigree in the private sector and NHS. So how come with all this background and experience and also working alongside Trish Haines she has been given this post and yet the council is still flailing about like headless chickens trying to devise ways of saving money? If she hasn't sorted something out by now how hopeful can we be that she can actual lead the council with success in the future?
Ms Marchant, who has been at County Hall since 2010, started her career in the private sector at Hovis before joining Deloitte in 1997, spending six years advising both private and public sector bodies on how to modernise. Then came a job at the NHS, where she spent seven years using new IT systems to change the health service. This person is now in her fourth year with the county council and she came with a pedigree in the private sector and NHS. So how come with all this background and experience and also working alongside Trish Haines she has been given this post and yet the council is still flailing about like headless chickens trying to devise ways of saving money? If she hasn't sorted something out by now how hopeful can we be that she can actual lead the council with success in the future? jb
  • Score: 1

9:20pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Trisha54 says...

Again typical of the idiots in charge. This position is not needed and the city cannot afford it. Let a few of the minions below this post do the job because this is probably what is happening anyway.
citizens of Worcester we need a change. An ordinary individual without farcicle ideas who will put the people of this city before their own ideals. One who will route out the waste in the system and cut it, one who will recognise that the vulnerable and needy of Worcester need help not cuts and one who will care for its citizens not rub their noses in it by employing yet another unecessary drain to the system
Again typical of the idiots in charge. This position is not needed and the city cannot afford it. Let a few of the minions below this post do the job because this is probably what is happening anyway. citizens of Worcester we need a change. An ordinary individual without farcicle ideas who will put the people of this city before their own ideals. One who will route out the waste in the system and cut it, one who will recognise that the vulnerable and needy of Worcester need help not cuts and one who will care for its citizens not rub their noses in it by employing yet another unecessary drain to the system Trisha54
  • Score: 1

9:45pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Doesitmakesense?? says...

3thinker wrote:
There's a much easier way of achieving a large slice of the budget cuts without reducing frontline services.

Leicestershire are looking at saving £30M per year.

How?

Merging its County and 7 Districts to form a single Unitary Authority.

Why I ask aren't our local politicians looking at this in Worcestershire?
They won't do it because it's like turkeys voting for Xmas ie we won't need so many councillors and snr management. The only time they will agree is if they all want to retire at the same time with big fat redundancy retirement packages and that isn't likely to happen!! So to save money they cuts services to the vulnerable to keep their jobs.
[quote][p][bold]3thinker[/bold] wrote: There's a much easier way of achieving a large slice of the budget cuts without reducing frontline services. Leicestershire are looking at saving £30M per year. How? Merging its County and 7 Districts to form a single Unitary Authority. Why I ask aren't our local politicians looking at this in Worcestershire?[/p][/quote]They won't do it because it's like turkeys voting for Xmas ie we won't need so many councillors and snr management. The only time they will agree is if they all want to retire at the same time with big fat redundancy retirement packages and that isn't likely to happen!! So to save money they cuts services to the vulnerable to keep their jobs. Doesitmakesense??
  • Score: 3

8:37am Fri 14 Feb 14

3thinker says...

Doesitmakesense?? wrote:
3thinker wrote:
There's a much easier way of achieving a large slice of the budget cuts without reducing frontline services.

Leicestershire are looking at saving £30M per year.

How?

Merging its County and 7 Districts to form a single Unitary Authority.

Why I ask aren't our local politicians looking at this in Worcestershire?
They won't do it because it's like turkeys voting for Xmas ie we won't need so many councillors and snr management. The only time they will agree is if they all want to retire at the same time with big fat redundancy retirement packages and that isn't likely to happen!! So to save money they cuts services to the vulnerable to keep their jobs.
..and the county councillors keep their £10,000 'slush fund' for spending on whatever they see fit in their local area.

Do away with that and taxpayers would immediately save £570k and all the staff time and effort in administration.

For example Cllr Hardman used some of his 'pot' to help promote a new Sunday bus service late last year which I assume will stop running due to the cuts in bus subsidy. Not exactly a good use of scarce ratepayers money!
[quote][p][bold]Doesitmakesense??[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]3thinker[/bold] wrote: There's a much easier way of achieving a large slice of the budget cuts without reducing frontline services. Leicestershire are looking at saving £30M per year. How? Merging its County and 7 Districts to form a single Unitary Authority. Why I ask aren't our local politicians looking at this in Worcestershire?[/p][/quote]They won't do it because it's like turkeys voting for Xmas ie we won't need so many councillors and snr management. The only time they will agree is if they all want to retire at the same time with big fat redundancy retirement packages and that isn't likely to happen!! So to save money they cuts services to the vulnerable to keep their jobs.[/p][/quote]..and the county councillors keep their £10,000 'slush fund' for spending on whatever they see fit in their local area. Do away with that and taxpayers would immediately save £570k and all the staff time and effort in administration. For example Cllr Hardman used some of his 'pot' to help promote a new Sunday bus service late last year which I assume will stop running due to the cuts in bus subsidy. Not exactly a good use of scarce ratepayers money! 3thinker
  • Score: 3

4:38pm Fri 14 Feb 14

skychip says...

I hope she won't have to drive around the area to try and find a parking space like her staff. No, of course she will have preferential parking in the underground car park.
I hope she won't have to drive around the area to try and find a parking space like her staff. No, of course she will have preferential parking in the underground car park. skychip
  • Score: 1

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