Agenda and minutes

Recruitment to the Post of Chief Executive Officer - Interviews, Employment Procedure Committee - Wednesday 19th April, 2023 9.30 am

Venue: Town Hall, Southport

Contact: Ruth Appleby  Democratic Services Officer

No. Item


Apologies for Absence


No apologies for absence were received.



Declarations of Interest

Members and Officers are requested to give notice of any personal or prejudicial interest and the nature of that interest, relating to any item on the agenda in accordance with the relevant Code of Conduct.


No declarations of interest were received.



Exclusion of Press and Public




That, under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act, 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following item(s) of business on the grounds that it/they would involve(s) the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraphs 1 and 2 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Act. The Public Interest Test has been applied and favours exclusion of the information from the press and public.



Chief Executive Post – Interviews

The Committee will interview candidates for the post of Chief Executive and be requested to recommend the appointment of the successful candidate to the Council meeting on 20 April 2023.


Please note that any recommendation will be subject to the consideration of any material or well founded objection to the appointment by a member of the Cabinet.


Copies of the interview timetable, the job description / person specification, the candidate application forms and details of the proposed interview questions will be distributed by the Chief Personnel Officer prior to the meeting.


The Committee interviewed three candidates for the post of Chief Executive.





it be recommended to the Council at its meeting on 20 April 2023, that Philip Porter be appointed to the post of Chief Executive and Head of Paid Service with a salary range of £155,279 to £170,615 per annum, subject to Market Supplement under the existing Pay Policy and subject to standard pre-employment checks and the matter in (2);



prior to consideration by the Council, the Chief Personnel Officer be requested to notify the Cabinet of the recommendation in (1) above and ascertain whether any Cabinet Member has a material or well-founded objection to the appointment;



if necessary, the Chief Personnel Officer, in consultation with the Leader of the Council, be granted delegated authority, to make arrangements to appoint an interim Chief Executive, should the successful candidate be unable to take up the post at the time of retirement of the current Chief Executive;and



the Personnel team be thanked for their work in dealing with the recruitment.