Director panel is agreed

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THE search to fill a director’s position at Hartlepool Borough Council is a step forward after councillors agreed the members of an appointments panel.

The position of director of child and adult services has been vacant since former director Nicola Bailey was appointed acting chief executive before she then left the local authority in September 2012 to take up a new job within the NHS.

Since then, assistant directors have taken on the responsibilities of the director.

The current pay band for the post is £120,000 to £130,000 but that will be cut to between £100,000 and £110,000 to mirror the changes to the post of director of regeneration and neighbourhoods.

Councillors agreed, at a meeting of full council, the members of an appointments panel - and it was confirmed the post will be advertised internally and externally.

The members are chair of the council, Labour councillor Stephen Akers-Belcher plus Labour councillors Christopher Akers-Belcher, Chris Simmons, Marjorie James and Carl Richardson, independent councillor Cath Hill, Conservative councillor Ray Wells and Putting Hartlepool First councillor Keith Dawkins.

Dave Stubbs, council chief executive, said: “I recommend the report be accepted and that the post be advertised externally and internally for the director of child and adult services.”

Mrs Bailey left after landing a new role in the NHS as managing director of North Durham Clinical Commissioning Group.

The mum-of-four joined the authority in late 2005 from Redcar and Cleveland Council as director of adult and community services and in August 2009 was appointed director of child and adult services after a restructure of departments.

The last post she held was acting chief executive, before that position was filled permanently by Mr Stubbs.

Mr Stubbs, the former director of regeneration and neighbourhoods, was replaced by Denise Ogden.