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WODC: Press release - call for non-executive directors   ()

Could you be a Non-Executive Director on the boards for Publica Group – three new local authority owned companies providing services for district councils in Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire?

We are looking for talented individuals to sit on the boards of these three companies which will become operational in the autumn to deliver services to Cheltenham Borough and Cotswold, Forest of Dean and West Oxfordshire District Councils.

Cllr Patrick Molyneux, chairman of the Joint Committee, which is overseeing the development of Publica Group, said: “We are setting up the companies at the moment and are striving to provide great value services to councils and their communities. We believe the best boards have the best people and therefore would love to receive applications from individuals with the necessary skills from within or outside the four district council areas.
“Through working in this new way and forming companies it is projected to save us £41 million over 10 years – with annual savings of £5.9million forecast from 2020. We believe that establishing local authority companies is having the effect of creating a new market for the public sector which will over time drive up standards and efficiencies and drive down costs whilst retaining democratic accountability for each council.”
The role of non-executive directors is different to that of an executive director. They do not have responsibility for the day to day management of the companies but share the Board’s corporate responsibility for ensuring they are run efficiently, economically, safely and effectively. They will scrutinise the executive management’s performance in meeting agreed goals and objectives and monitor the reporting of performance. They must satisfy themselves on the integrity of financial information and that financial controls and a sound system for the management of risk are in place. They must be independent in judgement and constructively challenge and help develop decisions and strategy for which they bear equal responsibility.
The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Tuesday 28 February.
For more information on the roles and how to apply please visit: www.westoxon.gov.uk/jobs