Thursday, 30 June 2011

Yet another consultant running Barnet Council

It has puzzled me for some time that Barnet Council's Head of HR is nether mentioned in the list of senior officers salaries nor mentioned in the supplier payments. Following the submission of a Freedom of Information request I can reveal that Jacquie McGeachie HR Consulting Limited was paid £140,803.28 in 2010/11.

I think it would be terribly helpful if all the senior officers who are paid as consultants were listed in the official list of senior officers salary that are included in the councils annual accounts. This is somethinmg I shall be taking uo with the Auditors, Grant Thornton when I meet them in a couple of weeks.


  1. You have not said as much Mr Reasonable but I assume that all of this money was in respect of the services of the "employee" Jacquie McGeachie and no one else.
    Why was she not in the list of payments over £500 ? Is it because of the payment method ?

  2. How on earth can a position like Head of HR not be a permanent salaried post? All about avoiding being on Pay As You Earn for tax purposes - Pay What You Like is so much more appealing.

  3. Same individual and same situation at Peterborough City Council from 2007 to 2009. Interim head of HR for this whole period. Clearly a pattern of contract appearing.