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Panel of five to consider top role

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: August 08, 2013

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A PANEL of five people has been named for interviewing and recommending candidates for the post of the new Chief Executive of the Isles of Scilly Council.

Councillor Avril Mumford said at last week's meeting that she felt that the original panel of three, consisting of chairman Amanda Martin, vice-chairman Dudley Mumford, and former council chairman Christine Savill, was too small and unrepresentative.

She suggested the implementation of a five-person panel and said that its recommendations would have to be trusted.

The three-person format had been recommended by interim chief executive Barry Keel.

Added to the previous trio are Tresco's Robert Dorrien Smith and Richard McCarthy, of St Agnes.

A proposal by Mrs Savill, of St Martin's, that the interview process should stipulate an off-island visit by candidates, was accepted.

Councillors would also meet the panel informally and socially, at what Mr Keel called "a trial by buffet".

Councillor Steve Sims dismissed a suggestion that as many of the council body as possible should meet the candidates, saying that it would be "a circus".

The eventual choice has to be accepted by the council membership, but Mr Keel warned that rejection of any recommendation would slow the process of getting a new chief officer, and a repeat effort could get a "zero" response.

The top officer position has been vacant since the early retirement of chief executive Philip Hygate, after 20 years' service.

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