Category Archives: Nathan Elvery

The ins and outs of quietly getting rid of a council CEO

Did she jump or was she pushed? Our employment law correspondent, PERRY FREEMASON, delves into the murky world of human resources at Fisher’s Folly to sift through another expensive mess at the council Morale among staff inside Fisher’s Folly is … Continue reading

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Man in the EY: how consultants have teamed up with Elvery

Croydon old boy Nathan Elvery, the man who did much to develop the council’s reputation for dodgy procurement processes and arrogant contempt for the public, is back in the news again. Elvery, the former Croydon chief executive, has provided the … Continue reading

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£300,000 – the price of failure for one former council chief exec

Nathan Elvery, the controversial Croydon Council chief executive who decided to pop down to the south coast for an easier life, was handed a juicy £265,000 pay-off by his erstwhile employers, West Sussex County Council, it has been reported this … Continue reading

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Council’s ex-chief Elvery gets sacked from West Sussex job

Nathan Elvery, for eight years one of Croydon’s most senior council officials, has been sacked from his latest job at West Sussex County Council, where he was chief executive. In 2014, Elvery had been promoted to the role of CEO … Continue reading

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Elvery’s colleagues exit amid council’s bullying scandal

The growing scandal surrounding Nathan Elvery, Croydon Council’s former chief exec, and his brief spell in charge at West Sussex County Council was ratcheted up a couple of notches this week, with a damning independent report about that local authority’s … Continue reading

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Former council chief exec Elvery is placed on ‘gardening leave’

You can take the boy out of Croydon, but can you take Croydon out of the boy? Maybe not, in the case of Nathan Elvery, the former chief exec of the council who it was reported yesterday is taking a … Continue reading

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Council office entrance closed because of ‘extreme’ weather

KEN LEE, our newshound on Mint Walk, sniffs out the latest piece of nonsense from the £140m council office building, where the main entrance has been ruled out-of-bounds Further proof, not that any has been needed, that Fisher’s Folly, the … Continue reading

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Elvery’s devoted staff can’t account for his expenses claim

Nathan Elvery, a man who did so much to create the culture and ethos that has been prevalent at Croydon Council during his reign there as chief finance officer, deputy CEO and ultimately as top banana, appears to have taken … Continue reading

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Ex-CEO Elvery and the mystery of the £47,500 removal perk

Our media monitor, KEN LEE, discovers a former senior council figure courting controversy, again Croydon Council old boy Nathan Elvery is back where he once had a regular home, in the pages of Private Eye. The David Brent beard is … Continue reading

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Council in cover-up over departure of £787-a-day consultant

STEVEN DOWNES reports on the abrupt exit of the man behind Croydon’s ‘crap app’, following a serious breach of the Town Hall’s code of conduct Harwinder “Harry” Singh, Croydon Council’s £787-a-day “fake-it-till-you-make-it” IT consultant, is no longer working for the … Continue reading

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The Godfather: Croydon official hired friend on £787 per day

A two-month investigation into Croydon Council’s IT operation has uncovered major concerns over procurement and payments. STEVEN DOWNES reports Croydon Council is undertaking its second internal investigation this year into the conduct of its assistant chief executive. Graham Cadle is … Continue reading

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Private Eye’s asking question that Negrini refuses to answer

It has already been a bad week for Tony Newman, Croydon’s council leader, and Jo Negrini, his appointee as the borough clerk. Their handling of the council’s crisis over children’s services after the Ofsted inspectors’ “inadequate” report has not drawn … Continue reading

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Council’s £140m offices are to become a glorified Job Centre

WALTER CRONXITE on how the local council has been forced to take in more lodgers in its “prestige” £140m office building Tonight’s council cabinet meeting at the Town Hall is unlikely to uncover quite how the costs of building the … Continue reading

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Parks contractor accused of paying less than the Living Wage

WALTER CRONXITE reports on a gathering crisis over the maintenance of the borough’s parks Some staff working for one of Croydon’s biggest external contractors are being paid less than the London Living Wage, according to an internal council Labour group … Continue reading

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Council-funded group promotes Tory campaign against 20mph

A “community” group that claims to be “apolitical” and which has received thousands of pounds of grant funding from the council, has promoted the campaign making the case against the council’s policy of introducing 20mph zones across the borough. It … Continue reading

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Council finance chief Simpson’s promotion is confirmed

Richard Simpson, formerly the council’s finance director, has been promoted to the role of executive director of resources, it was confirmed today. Simpson’s move into one of the six-figure salary roles at Fisher’s Folly is part of the on-going reshuffle … Continue reading

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Staff to move out of two more floors of £140m Council HQ

BARRATT HOLMES, our development correspondent, has discovered that by taking in corporate ‘lodgers’, the purpose-built local authority offices won’t be able to provide desks for 40% of the council’s staff Fisher’s Folly, the purpose-built local authority “hub” which was built … Continue reading

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Council’s £180,000 chief executive job goes to insider Negrini

Croydon’s supposedly Labour-controlled council has, for the second time in a couple of years, managed to appoint an insider to its most senior job, as Tony Newman, the council leader, announced tonight that Jo Negrini has landed the £180,000 chief … Continue reading

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Brexit uncertainties could mean a crisis for Croydon’s face lift

In the aftermath of yesterday’s EU Referendum, WALTER CRONXITE finds some senior figures close to the £1.4bn Whitgift Centre redevelopment feeling very nervous about its prospects “The real fear now must be that Westfield walk away. They’ve done it before, … Continue reading

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Council was paying £110,000 per year to ‘despicable’ legal firm

Parents of children with special educational needs who have been forced to fight stressful and demanding legal cases to seek proper support from Croydon Council have won a small victory by getting the Town Hall to cancel arrangements for legal … Continue reading

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Council is paying two £180,000 CEO salaries at same time

Hard-up Croydon Council could be paying the £180,000 per year wages for two chief executives this month. That’s according to an email from the borough’s departing CEO, Nathan Elvery. Elvery’s last day working in the £140million over-priced council offices he … Continue reading

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Council pimps out £144m offices in £7.5m 10-year deal

Croydon’s cash-strapped Labour-run council is today celebrating clawing back just £7.5million-worth of the costs of Fisher’s Folly, the borough’s vastly over-priced civic headquarters. Over a period of 10 years. So only another £136 million to go. At this rate, it … Continue reading

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Peacock lands Town Hall top job for social care and housing

Barbara Peacock, a former senior council employee, has landed the executive director job in charge of education, housing and social care in the borough, the council announced this morning. Peacock will succeed Paul Greenhalgh as “executive director, people”, when he … Continue reading

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Murder on the dance floor as Newman checks who’s in step

Ignore the pointless “debate” on the EU referendum and badly sung versions of Land of Hope and Glory. Monday’s council meeting was in fact a thinly disguised contest to judge the performances in the Town Hall chamber of some of … Continue reading

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Negrini named as interim council CEO in four-month process

Jo Negrini is to be the interim chief executive of Croydon Council once her current boss, the entrepreneurial Nathan Elvery, leaves his job in June. Negrini has been chosen for the onerous task from a field of… err… just one. … Continue reading

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