Not a single question asked over £180,000 CEO appointment

The French have a phrase for it: “Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose“.

In England, the tabloids devised a game for their prize competitions: Spot the Difference.

Croydon CEO Nathan Elvery pictured in the office this week

Croydon CEO Nathan Elvery pictured in the office this week

Last week, at the first full council meeting of the Labour administration since winning the local elections, under agenda item 11, namely, “The appointment of a permanent chief executive”, a £180,000 per year position (plus expenses, at least), was decided upon by this meeting of the 70 elected councillors.

The item was towards the end of the agenda, when the meeting was close to finishing and running out of time for any proper discussion. Those making the appointment, and the appointee, may have wanted things that way.

The amount of time, thought and public debate given to the matter may be instructive of the manner in which the business of the council is conducted.

Minutes spent on item: 


Number of questions asked by councillors regarding the appointment: 


Minutes spent by the council meeting debating merits of the appointment: 


The meeting of the full council ended shortly afterwards. So much for openness, transparency. Or proper scrutiny.

Inside Croydon is unable to confirm or deny whether the following video, believed to have been recorded in the offices just behind the Town Hall chamber, indeed shows Nathan Elvery’s reaction to the considered decision of the borough’s elected councillors:

As the French might say, “Plus ça change...”

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1 Response to Not a single question asked over £180,000 CEO appointment

  1. derekthrower says:

    Seems to be a smart move. Rather a large saving on the compensation package.

    For this administration to succeed it will need to have some understanding of what the hell they were up to previously. In Anglo-Saxon management the art of leadership has been glorified into some beyond earthly power and rewarded appropriately. So if they got rid of him and hired an identikit “high achiever”, what would be achieved?

    In my opinion not much since most local government now is the implementation of Central Government policy and management practice. Elvery is lucky to be able to ride the tide, but he has also got to deliver some nice morsels for his current masters. By the time this administration has finished he will have a very nice retirement package to look forward to if he has played his cards right

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