Kevin Lavery - Chief Executive ? - Cornwall Council OR SERCOrnwall SERCOuncil ?

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Post by TeamKernow » Tue Sep 30, 2008 10:47 pm

The level of commercial interest involved in this...appointment of Kevin Lavery surely renders it unacceptable, corrupt and immoral:

Housing Corporation Board Members Declarations of Interest

'Board Member - Kevin Lavery

Directorships of companies
i.e. both public and private:
Serco Limited
Proventure

Employment, remunerated profession or consultancy
Chief Executive Officer - Serco Solutions

Other public appointments
i.e. other Non-Departmental Bodies, Health Trusts etc.
None

Offices in voluntary, non profit making bodies etc.
i.e. charitable and professional bodies

None

Shareholding
i.e. names of companies or other bodies in which the member to his of her knowledge has either himself or herself or with or on behalf of his or her spouse and infant children, a beneficial interest in shareholdings of nominal value greater than one-hundreth of the issued share capital.

None - But do have Serco Shares but less than 1/100 of share capital

Others
i.e. any other direct or indirect financial and non financial interests, including those of close family members or people living in the same household.

None'

So. The proposed new Chief Executive is a MAJOR SHAREHOLDER - 'do have Serco Shares but less than 1/100 of share capital' in a Private Company that has been active in, is active in and continues to be actively pursuing Public Service Contracts in The Duchy Of Cornwall:

1.'Health' Care
2. Transport
3.Militarism.

'SERCO also holds service contracts with the Ministry of Defence at RAF St. Mawgan, which owns the runway, air traffic control and fire cover used by Newquay Airport.'

So. The more business Kevin ens-Lavery could put SERCO's way in the future - the greater the value of his major SERCO shareholding.

Surely this level of compromise and commercial interest is COMPLETEY UNACCEPTABLE for a Chief Executive of ANY Council/Assembly/Parliament of The Duchy Of Cornwall.

And a Board Member of The Housing Corporation...Hmmmm.....

Yet another threat to Cornwall's green and open spaces...?

...

Who were the other 19?

Were any from the existing District Councils?

Were any Cornish?

We should be told...

And a non-commercially compromised PUBLIC SERVANT candidate for the post should be appointed.



edited by: TeamKernow, Nov 04, 2008 - 11:09 PM

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Post by TeamKernow » Thu Oct 02, 2008 12:56 am

There is a looming scandal here that can readily be prevented by:

1.Relevant decision making Cornwall 'County' Councillors declining to ratify this appointment next week, reviewing this particular CEO selection procedure for integrity in its entirety and then, on finding it fundamentally flawed (along with the proposed appointment) and undemocratic, appointing Cornwall's new CEO from the remaining 19 candidates.

or

2.Kevin Lavery withdrawing his application for the post of Chief Executive of Cornwall Council prior to that meeting on his recognition and acknowledgement that his employment history and current personal, financial, and commercial interests and potential for future personal vested interest bias render him entirely unsuitable to hold such a high, responsible and important PUBLIC SERVICE position in the management of the affairs of the people of The Duchy Of Cornwall.

Which will it be...?

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Post by Cawsando » Sat Oct 04, 2008 2:21 pm

Very interesting. He's never worked for a council? Or in politics? I guess Whalley will be getting a shares upgrade in SERCO.

Which councillors have you contacted with this?

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Post by Marhak » Sat Oct 04, 2008 6:54 pm

Christ - that is serious stuff, TK. It is, as you rightly say, a blatant conflict of interest and it wouldn't surprise me to see the new Unitary Authority kicking off already mired in corruption.

This needs to be questioned. Loudly.

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Post by Shiner » Sat Oct 04, 2008 11:00 pm


Christ - that is serious stuff,



Yes. Bump.


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Post by DuchyDame » Sun Oct 05, 2008 1:29 pm

TK - This is very serious. What have you done so far to get this message out to the general public apart from posting on C24. I ask the same questionas Cawsando - which councillors have you contacted about this. Have you contacted the media ?

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Post by Shiner » Sun Oct 05, 2008 3:13 pm

SERCO

"Aerospace

Serco is the only significant non-governmental provider of air traffic services in the world. We operate on a global basis and handle about 6 million aircraft movements each year at airports in Europe, the Middle East and North America.

In the UK our work for the Ministry of Defence includes multi-activity support contracts at RAF Northolt, home to the Queen's Flight, and RAF Brize Norton. Since April 2003 we have managed and operated Newquay Airport in Cornwall, where our responsibilities range from check-in and baggage handling to apron services including refuelling."

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Post by Shiner » Sun Oct 05, 2008 3:35 pm

"The Serco deal marks a new level of Defense Department privatization, according to Dina Rasor, the chief investigator of the Follow the Money Project, who founded the nonprofit Project on Government Oversight (POGO).

"It's gotten to the point where we're actually outsourcing the oversight," Rasor told Truthout.

Serco plays a direct role in oversight activities previously reserved for government officials, according to Rasor. When government auditors and investigators request material from contractors in Iraq, Serco now acts as their intermediary, summarizing and interpreting the documents.

"Auditors can't just go in and get source documentation from contractors," Rasor said. "Now when they want to do it, Serco gets the documentation and then sends them a summary. By putting that layer between auditors and companies, they're making it that much more difficult to get at what the fraud may be."

Serco and RCI, the Virginia-based company it later bought, both entered Iraq in 2004, with Serco managing air traffic control at two airports and RCI employed in human resources and recruiting. Yet, Serco's role grew steadily, according to criminal investigator Bob Bauman, who spent 24 years with the Defense Department and is the co-author with Rasor of "Betraying Our Troops: The Destructive Results of Privatizing War.""

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Post by TeamKernow » Thu Oct 09, 2008 1:06 pm

Anyone wishing to ask the Chairman of the 'One Cornwall' Implementation Executive, Mr David Whalley, about the selection procedure, current status and validity/invalidity of the appointment of Mr Kevin Lavery to the post of Chief Executive Officer of the pending 'Cornwall Council' 'Unitary' 'Authority' and to request a copy (under the Freedom Of Information Act if necessary) of Mr Lavery's current declaration of interests in relation to this post can write to Mr David Whalley at:
dwhalley@cornwall.gov.uk

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Post by Marhak » Thu Oct 09, 2008 2:05 pm

Should we not be going to the national Press about this?

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Post by TeamKernow » Fri Oct 10, 2008 4:28 pm

TK have been forwarded the correspondence below:

[size=small]'Sent: 09 October 2008 18:10
To: Whalley David CC
Subject: Kevin Lavery - Cornwall Council CEO ?

Dear Mr Whalley

I am concerned to learn about this appointment.

Please explain how such a corporately compromised candidate came to have your approval to run the affairs of Cornwall.

Please also accompany your reply with a copy of Mr Lavery's declaration of interests.

Some time ago you stated that there was 'something inevitable' about the Cornish Assembly.

Please explain how you envisage the Cornish Assembly coming into being after you have taken Cornwall down the byway of the Unitary Authority Cornwall Council. How do you foresee that transition taking place?

I look forward to your replies and accompanying attached copy of the declaration of interests submitted by Mr Lavery in relation to the post of Cornwall Council CEO.

Yours
etc'

'RE: Kevin Lavery - Cornwall Council CEO ?‏
From: Whalley David CC (dwhalley@cornwall.gov.uk)
Sent: Fri 10/10/08 1:32 AM

'Dear xxxxxx,

Thank you for your email.

The process by which Mr Lavery was appointed was rigorous and fair. He and others were interviewed by an all party group of elected councillors and his appointment ratified by the Implementation Executive which includes councillors from all seven councils in Cornwall. I do not accept that he is “corporately compromised”, whatever you mean by such a phrase.

Mr Lavery has not yet taken up his position as chief executive and therefore has no interests to declare. Once he starts work I am sure that if he needs to declare any interests he will do so.

I have long supported the ambitions of those who seek ways in which local government in Cornwall can take more responsibility for decisions that affect Cornwall. The aim for a Cornwall Assembly is part of that ambition, as is making more public services democratically accountable within Cornwall. The new Cornwall Council will provide a single voice for Cornwall which, if handled responsibly, will provide a platform to argue for those powers and responsibilities to be returned from central government to Cornwall.

David Whalley'[/size]


So.

1.Identifying any potential areas for conflict of interest is not part of the interviewing procedure? That is simply not credible.

2.Declaration of interests is not required prior to ratification? That is simply not credible.

3.Is it tenable to have a 'Cornwall Council' Chief Executive Officer who would have to withdraw from participation in strategic, planning, policy, tendering or other discussions due to corporate involvements causing conflicts between personal financial interests and public service duties? No.




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Post by TeamKernow » Mon Nov 03, 2008 3:34 pm

Lavery Enslavery Salary KERfuffle

[size=large]'£200k "the going rate" for Cornwall Council CE[/size]
Friday, October 31, 2008, 12:47

The new chief executive of Cornwall Council is to earn more than the Prime Minister, it was revealed today.

Kevin Lavery will be paid a salary of £200,000 - just over £10,000-a-year more than Gordon Brown - when he takes over the reins on November 10.

David Whalley, chairman of the unitary authority's implementation executive, said members had agreed that Mr Lavery should be paid "the going rate for the job".

"Cornwall Council will be the largest council of its kind in the country," added Mr Whalley. "We needed a high calibre chief executive to lead such a large, complex organisation."

A spokesman for the super council, which will come into being on April 1 next year, said the salary range for chief executives of comparable local authorities ranged from £170,000 to £200,000.

And according to the Hay Group - an independent company specialising in pay and rewards - the boss of Suffolk County Council was appointed last March on a salary of £220,000.

Mr Lavery was the chief executive of Serco Solutions for two years before applying for the top job at Cornwall Council. Before that, he was director of education and local government at BT.

In 1997, he became the youngest chief executive in the country when he joined Newcastle City Council.

Cornwall Council will have a budget of more than £1 billion and a staff, including schools, of over 22,000 people, making it the biggest employer in the Duchy[size=normal](!!!)[/size] and the largest unitary authority in the country.'

BIG Memorable Moment Notification: Northcliffe Media Monopoly via the Western Morning News correctly describes Cornwall as a 'Duchy' in a news report - it could be a first!



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Post by Marhak » Mon Nov 03, 2008 3:48 pm

And doesn't that just take the complete piss out Cornish people who have responsible/skillful jobs, yet earn a pittance.

This appointment needs an investigation and official Inquiry.

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Post by Zennorman » Tue Nov 04, 2008 10:30 pm

Give the guy a chance. He will be running a £1billion organisation so he can't be paid £2.50 an hour: two wrongs don't make a right.

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Post by TeamKernow » Wed Nov 05, 2008 12:08 am


The level of commercial interest involved in this...appointment of Kevin Lavery surely renders it unacceptable, corrupt and immoral:

Housing Corporation Board Members Declarations of Interest

'Board Member - Kevin Lavery

Directorships of companies
i.e. both public and private:
Serco Limited
Proventure

Employment, remunerated profession or consultancy
Chief Executive Officer - Serco Solutions

Other public appointments
i.e. other Non-Departmental Bodies, Health Trusts etc.
None

Offices in voluntary, non profit making bodies etc.
i.e. charitable and professional bodies

None

Shareholding
i.e. names of companies or other bodies in which the member to his of her knowledge has either himself or herself or with or on behalf of his or her spouse and infant children, a beneficial interest in shareholdings of nominal value greater than one-hundreth of the issued share capital.

None - But do have Serco Shares but less than 1/100 of share capital

Others
i.e. any other direct or indirect financial and non financial interests, including those of close family members or people living in the same household.

None'

So. The proposed new Chief Executive is a MAJOR SHAREHOLDER - 'do have Serco Shares but less than 1/100 of share capital' in a Private Company that has been active in, is active in and continues to be actively pursuing Public Service Contracts in The Duchy Of Cornwall:

1.'Health' Care
2. Transport
3.Militarism.

'SERCO also holds service contracts with the Ministry of Defence at RAF St. Mawgan, which owns the runway, air traffic control and fire cover used by Newquay Airport.'

So. The more business Kevin ens-Lavery could put SERCO's way in the future - the greater the value of his major SERCO shareholding.

Surely this level of compromise and commercial interest is COMPLETEY UNACCEPTABLE for a Chief Executive of ANY Council/Assembly/Parliament of The Duchy Of Cornwall.

And a Board Member of The Housing Corporation...Hmmmm.....

Yet another threat to Cornwall's green and open spaces...?

...

Who were the other 19?

Were any from the existing District Councils?

Were any Cornish?

We should be told...

And a non-commercially compromised PUBLIC SERVANT candidate for the post should be appointed.



The issues of morality, integrity and commercial compromise raised by the points made earlier and again above are even more immediately pressing,fundamental and critical, zennorman,than levels of pay.

All aspects of this appointment and the appointment procedure and decision making process need, as marhak says, to be the subject of a full, transparent and open report and, if necessary, enquiry. The detailed minutes of the appointment discussion also need to be in the public domain. If this is not done forthwith there may be many more than two wrongs to put right in the not too distant future.

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