EXCLUSIVE: Wirral Tories oppose council's chief executive appointment

Wirral Globe: Wirral Council chief executive Graham Burgess Wirral Council chief executive Graham Burgess

PLANS to employ Wirral Council’s new chief executive on a permanent basis have been opposed by the Conservative group.

A report before the all-Labour cabinet on Thursday night asked councillors to vote for a recommendation that Graham Burgess – currently employed on a short-term agreement - should now be given a permanent contract.

The minute was approved - but during a subsequent meeting of the employment committee immediately following cabinet, Tory group leader Cllr Jeff Green, his deputy Cllr Leslie Rennie and Cllr Peter Kearney opposed the move.

Councillor Green said he felt it was “too early” for such an appointment.

“My own view is Graham is doing a good job. However, I think it’s too early to make a permanent appointment now,” he said.

“I think this is an issue about openness, honesty and transparency.

“As it is a matter for all members of the council, I would have liked for all of us to have had an opportunity to see how Graham Burgess works.

“I cannot support this recommendation.”

Councillor Rennie said: “The public would see that somebody has been shoe-horned into the chief executive’s job.

“We have council staff facing redundancy and yet we’re appointing a chief executive without proper scrutiny.”

Council leader Cllr Phil Davies said: “I think it’s bizarre we have appointed two strategic directors on permanent contracts, but the chief executive is on a short-term contract.

“I think we would be mad not to secure Graham’s services full-time - I think we are getting a really good deal here.

“I believe Graham has demonstrated he is moving this council forward on a number of fronts. I think it’s important we have a chief executive who’s here full-term.”

The authority appointed its third and final strategic director last week. Former Warrington Council senior officer Joe Blott will take up the transformation and resources portfolio.

Kevin Adderley, Wirral’s former director of regeneration, housing and planning, was promoted in November to the post of interim strategic director of regeneration and environment.

Clare Fish was appointed families and wellbeing super-director in November. Ms Fish was chief of staff at Oldham Council.

Mr Burgess was taken on under a two-year fixed term contract last July. The move to make his position permanent will have to be agreed by a meeting of the full council on Monday.

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11:12am Fri 25 Jan 13

Cheesy Peas says...

At least Mr Burgess can console himself with his new bathroom, wallpaper and dishwasher.
At least Mr Burgess can console himself with his new bathroom, wallpaper and dishwasher. Cheesy Peas
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11:14am Fri 25 Jan 13

ArdalMcFardle says...

A-hahahahahahahahaha
hahahahahahahahahaha
hahahahahahahahahaha
hahaha!!!

Is it any wonder this lot are the laughing stock of local government ?

and again ahahahahaha - "“I think we would be mad not to secure Graham’s services full-time - I think we are getting a really good deal here. "
A-hahahahahahahahaha hahahahahahahahahaha hahahahahahahahahaha hahaha!!! Is it any wonder this lot are the laughing stock of local government ? and again ahahahahaha - "“I think we would be mad not to secure Graham’s services full-time - I think we are getting a really good deal here. " ArdalMcFardle
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11:28am Fri 25 Jan 13

PaulCa says...

There it is again "moving... forward".

We need to move forward; never backwards to the bad old days where we had no accountability. We need to draw a line under those.

The following line appears in the official recommendation document. Looks like a line plucked from Hannah Montana Forever:

"...this time, the changes will be for real."
There it is again "moving... forward". We need to move forward; never backwards to the bad old days where we had no accountability. We need to draw a line under those. The following line appears in the official recommendation document. Looks like a line plucked from Hannah Montana Forever: "...this time, the changes will be for real." PaulCa
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12:47pm Fri 25 Jan 13

Thepleb says...

Give the lad a full time job these are hard times you know how can he possibly survive on a measly £100,000 a year with that thought he may not get kept on..have a heart the people of Wirral..he is doing a grand job cutting jobs,terms and conditions vital services..these tax payers are never happy..tunnel fares are going up how is burger going to afford to get home?
Give the lad a full time job these are hard times you know how can he possibly survive on a measly £100,000 a year with that thought he may not get kept on..have a heart the people of Wirral..he is doing a grand job cutting jobs,terms and conditions vital services..these tax payers are never happy..tunnel fares are going up how is burger going to afford to get home? Thepleb
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3:34pm Fri 25 Jan 13

bigfoot says...

The Circus in back in the Town Hall!
The Circus in back in the Town Hall! bigfoot
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4:38pm Fri 25 Jan 13

Cheesy Peas says...

I wonder if they'll have to turn the heating down at Chez Burgess tonight?

Fray Bentos pies for tea from now on, Graham!
I wonder if they'll have to turn the heating down at Chez Burgess tonight? Fray Bentos pies for tea from now on, Graham! Cheesy Peas
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8:20pm Fri 25 Jan 13

ginger26 says...

Wirral you are doomed.,.....
Wirral you are doomed.,..... ginger26
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9:18pm Fri 25 Jan 13

bickyboy says...

Fish, Adderley, Blott and Burgess....

FABB, Mr Tracy!!

Blunderbirds are Go!
Fish, Adderley, Blott and Burgess.... FABB, Mr Tracy!! Blunderbirds are Go! bickyboy
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3:35am Sat 26 Jan 13

water1lily says...

Nothing has changed under Mr Burgess as far as I can see. DASS still fail in their statutary duty to clients and think that the Human Rghts and Disability Laws don't apply to them, meetings are still not minuted and complaints continue to be ignored by the Director and Care Companies who have been proved to have abused clients on several levels still employed. Even when DASS say they have held Safeguarding meetings parents are excluded ,'Professionals Only' allowed to attend, details of decisions if made refused, staffing levels go unchanged ,details of any risk assessments also refused no changes made in staffing levels and assault vulnerable client continue, I could go on.
Nothing has changed under Mr Burgess as far as I can see. DASS still fail in their statutary duty to clients and think that the Human Rghts and Disability Laws don't apply to them, meetings are still not minuted and complaints continue to be ignored by the Director and Care Companies who have been proved to have abused clients on several levels still employed. Even when DASS say they have held Safeguarding meetings parents are excluded ,'Professionals Only' allowed to attend, details of decisions if made refused, staffing levels go unchanged ,details of any risk assessments also refused no changes made in staffing levels and assault vulnerable client continue, I could go on. water1lily
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3:01pm Sat 26 Jan 13

PaulCa says...

water1lily wrote:
Nothing has changed under Mr Burgess as far as I can see. DASS still fail in their statutary duty to clients and think that the Human Rghts and Disability Laws don't apply to them, meetings are still not minuted and complaints continue to be ignored by the Director and Care Companies who have been proved to have abused clients on several levels still employed. Even when DASS say they have held Safeguarding meetings parents are excluded ,'Professionals Only' allowed to attend, details of decisions if made refused, staffing levels go unchanged ,details of any risk assessments also refused no changes made in staffing levels and assault vulnerable client continue, I could go on.
Please do go on water1lily.

The public need to hear about this in more detail. The abusive council, with a statutory obligation to look out for vulnerable people, but with anonymous senior officers and councillors, whose identities remain concealed within the AKA report, and who escaped disciplinary measures, sure as hell won't be minded to tell us.

And the LGA 'Improvement' Board, who are overseeing all this, won't be telling us either I don't think.

In between illegally chucking the public out of some meetings ...and mangling the minutes of others, they may well be advising those in power how best to chuck a heavy concealing blanket over such matters...

...after all, for showing that there has been 'progress', they're being steadily rewarded in obscenely large sums of public money.

And we wouldn't want any more scandal breaking out that would cast doubt over their 'achievements' and risk derailing the gravy train.
[quote][p][bold]water1lily[/bold] wrote: Nothing has changed under Mr Burgess as far as I can see. DASS still fail in their statutary duty to clients and think that the Human Rghts and Disability Laws don't apply to them, meetings are still not minuted and complaints continue to be ignored by the Director and Care Companies who have been proved to have abused clients on several levels still employed. Even when DASS say they have held Safeguarding meetings parents are excluded ,'Professionals Only' allowed to attend, details of decisions if made refused, staffing levels go unchanged ,details of any risk assessments also refused no changes made in staffing levels and assault vulnerable client continue, I could go on.[/p][/quote]Please do go on water1lily. The public need to hear about this in more detail. The abusive council, with a statutory obligation to look out for vulnerable people, but with anonymous senior officers and councillors, whose identities remain concealed within the AKA report, and who escaped disciplinary measures, sure as hell won't be minded to tell us. And the LGA 'Improvement' Board, who are overseeing all this, won't be telling us either I don't think. In between illegally chucking the public out of some meetings ...and mangling the minutes of others, they may well be advising those in power how best to chuck a heavy concealing blanket over such matters... ...after all, for showing that there has been 'progress', they're being steadily rewarded in obscenely large sums of public money. And we wouldn't want any more scandal breaking out that would cast doubt over their 'achievements' and risk derailing the gravy train. PaulCa
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5:04pm Sun 27 Jan 13

Hugo1008 says...

I automatically feel some distrust if the the Wirral Council Cabinet approve this appointment, given the many years of Lies, Deceit, Misinformation, Scandal and Disgrace with Concealed or White Washed reports not revealed or very hard to get to read, coupled to the total lack of real proper governance demonstrated by this present bunch of Labour Councilors operating a very undemocratic regime.

I am sorry if this reflects poorly on Graham Burgess, who has yet to prove he is eradicating the deep malaise within the Organisation that is needed.

So reluctantly I agree perhaps it is too early for GB to demonstrate fully he is willing to do the right thing on behalf of the Wirral Population.
I automatically feel some distrust if the the Wirral Council Cabinet approve this appointment, given the many years of Lies, Deceit, Misinformation, Scandal and Disgrace with Concealed or White Washed reports not revealed or very hard to get to read, coupled to the total lack of real proper governance demonstrated by this present bunch of Labour Councilors operating a very undemocratic regime. I am sorry if this reflects poorly on Graham Burgess, who has yet to prove he is eradicating the deep malaise within the Organisation that is needed. So reluctantly I agree perhaps it is too early for GB to demonstrate fully he is willing to do the right thing on behalf of the Wirral Population. Hugo1008
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9:38pm Sun 27 Jan 13

Wirralrob says...

EXCLUSIVE: Wirral Tories oppose.... everything.

Even a 'dirty labour supporter's shop' Lidl, I hear.

I agree. Stop the Lidl. Oh they lost that fight.
EXCLUSIVE: Wirral Tories oppose.... everything. Even a 'dirty labour supporter's shop' Lidl, I hear. I agree. Stop the Lidl. Oh they lost that fight. Wirralrob
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