Committee details

Appointments Committee

Purpose of committee



Appointments to these posts must involve elected Members.


The Monitoring Officer post is not part of SLT but appointments to this post will similarly involve members.


Where a vacancy occurs in these appointments, the recruitment process requires the appointment of an Appointments Panel and then an Appointments Committee.


Appointments Panel:


The Panel reviews the terms and conditions of employment relating to the post and where appropriate makes recommendations to the Chief Executive for any changes; decides the appointments process or other course of action; and appoints the Appointments Committee to undertake the appointments process.  This review includes reviewing the job and person specifications, the means of advertisement and short-listing arrangements.  The Panel will then appoint an Appointments Committee.  The Panel can convene virtually or meet as required.


If a Panel decides that no changes to terms and conditions are necessary when it reviews a vacant post (and that the salary will be advertised at the bottom of the range [the ‘spot’ for the grade] for posts on grades 1 to 3) then the Panel has authority to progress the recruitment without the need to seek further approvals.  If a Panel wishes to make changes to the terms and conditions of a vacant post (other than the post of Chief Executive) then these are subject to the approval of the Chief Executive having obtained the agreement of the Leader of the Council.    This includes where a Panel wishes to advertise a salary for a post on grades 1 to 3 (other than the post of Chief Executive) above the ‘spot’ at the bottom of the range.  This must be the subject of a Panel recommendation to the Chief Executive for decision.  If the Panel’s recommendations for changes to terms and conditions relate to the post of Chief Executive then Full Council must agree these changes.   In all cases the Panel will appoint the Appointments Committee.


The Panel comprises 3 members, the Leader of the Council, the Leader of the largest Opposition Group, and the Deputy Leader of the Council (or their nominated representatives) with any relevant Cabinet Members as consultees.


Appointments Committee


The Committee will:


(a)       Interview all short-listed candidates and either 

(b)       Appoint a suitable candidate to the post; or

           In the case of the Chief Executive make a recommendation to the Full Council who must approve the proposed appointment before an offer of appointment is made; or

           Follow any other course of action decided upon by the Appointments Panel.


The Committee comprises a maximum of 5 Members including:


(a)       The Leader of the Council (or his/her nominated representative)

(b)       The Leader of the largest Opposition Group (or his/her nominated representative)

(c)        Up to 3 other Members of the Council selected in accordance with the rules of political proportionality and including the relevant Cabinet Member.




(a)       It is a statutory requirement that at least 1 member of an Appointments Committee must be a Member of the Cabinet.

(b)       The Committee appoints its own Chairman.

(c)        All Members of the Committee must have up-to-date knowledge of and have received training in the areas of Recruitment and Equalities.

(d)       The selection process must be conducted in accordance with the Council’s agreed Code of Practice.