I noticed today a delegated powers report signed on 15th February 2011 authorising the use of a company called CCMPS ltd to fill the role of Assistant Director Commercial Assurance for the next 12 months. The report states that having searched for a new Assistant Director they have failed to recruit a suitable candidate so they have gone to a company CCMPS to supply a qualified consultant. "CCMPS Ltd. (consultancy) identified a professional with the skills, experience and commercial acumen required to lead delivery of the Council’s objectives in relation to commercial activity". This makes CCMPS sound like a big firm. However on closer scrutiny it transpires that this company was only formed in February 2010 and has yet to submit accounts. The directors of CCMPS are a Mr and Mrs Malyon. Now would that be Mr Chris Malyon who was the interim Assistant Director of Finance at Barnet Council from February 2010 and according to his linkedin profile has been the in the post of assistant Director Commercial Services (the one for which they are seeking authorisation) for last four months.
So to summarise the Commercial Director is seeking authorisation to appoint a consultant:
- who has already been working for the council since last February;
- has been in the post for which they are seeking authorisation for the last four months;
- who has identified himself as being the right man for the job;
- who will be at the council for the next year at a cost of £650 a day (£169,000 per annum).
The report states that any shortfall in the salary costs between the permanent post (£119,560 - £130,300 inc on costs) and the consultants cost will be met from "the Council’s Transformation Reserve as approved by the Chief Finance Officer" (another consultant).
The report concludes that, "After 12 months the Council will go through the necessary recruitment procedures to appoint permanently to the AD Commercial Assurance role".
Maybe I'm old fashioned but something here just doesn't seem right to me.