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

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Post by Marhak » Wed Nov 05, 2008 12:10 am

I do not agree. Firemen, among others, risk their lives, employ vital skills and save lives. They earn bugger-all in comparison to someone who will be nothing more than a pen-pushing figurehead (and I'm ex-local government. I know what Chief Execs do - or, more to the point, what they don't do).

This salary is an obscenity. So is the appointment as there is a direct conflict of interests (which every other councillor and council officer is scrutinised for). In my view, this appointment merits an official Inquiry.

If the new Unitary Authority starts with an act of corruption, then God help us all.

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Post by TeamKernow » Mon Nov 10, 2008 2:44 pm

More Lavery ens-Lavery dis-Appointment
SERCOrnwall SERCOuncil Gravytrain Scandal:

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Post by TeamKernow » Wed Nov 12, 2008 12:21 am



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Post by HaroldHake » Fri Nov 28, 2008 10:40 pm

Serco continues to make inroads, with new appointments, into its major influence in Cornwall-partly through Peninsula Enterprise and SWRDA to which it is allied for business purposes. Just take a look at

Adam Chambers will also have a major role with SWRDA whose Regional Assembly has recently been suspended. There will be more investment in future from the private sector-a change in the control- because of Public Sector cutbacks.

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Post by TeamKernow » Sun Dec 14, 2008 7:13 pm

SERCOrnwall SERCOuncil News Update:

SERCO Secure GP Out Of Hours Contract Extension To 2011

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Post by R » Thu Dec 18, 2008 4:34 pm

thought you might be interested to see that Mr lavery said this -

Asked about why he had come to Cornwall, he said: "It is a huge challenge. The area is a very special and unique part of England with a very strong, distinctive culture and a very strong sense of place – you know when you are in Cornwall, it could only be Cornwall and that is a huge plus." ... ticle.html

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Post by TeamKernow » Fri Dec 19, 2008 12:44 pm

Some Questions For Mr Lavery:

1.Do you still have shares in SERCO? If so, will you either be divesting yourself of those shares or declaring your interest and withdrawing yourself from all discussions of policy, strategy and the awarding of Public Service contracts to Private Companies where SERCO are an actual or potential bidder for such contracts?

2.Are you still a Board Member of The Housing Corporation? If so will you either be relinquishing that position or declaring that interest and withdrawing from all discussions and development of housing policy and strategy in The Duchy Of Cornwall? You wouldn't want the lands of The Duchy Of Cornwall irresponsibly plastered and suffocated with any more unnecessary concrete, tarmac and asphalt would you?

3.While you were Chief Executive of SERCO, SERCO had the maintainance contract at RAF St Mawgan. What part have SERCO played in the overdevelopment and reckless expansion of Newquay Airport at public expense and also at the expense and against the wishes of those residents of Cornwall who take the view that it is immoral to participate in air travel when our planet is being rendered increasingly inhospitable by profligate burning of fossil fuels in the upper atmosphere?

4.Don't you agree that Newquay Airport completely contradicts the thrust of emerging 'renewable' energy and 'sustainable' transport policies as recently expressed by David Whalley and others.

5.Where did you get the weird idea that the fourth nation of mainland Britain, The Duchy Of Cornwall, which lies NEXT to England, like Wales and Scotland, is 'part of England'?

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Post by ThingsThatGoFlirInTheShla » Mon Dec 22, 2008 6:02 am

From listening to the interview it now seems that Mr Lavery has no idea that nationalism in our Duchy even exists. he doesn't appear to have a concept of the seperatism, be it ethnical, economical or political.

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Post by Cawsando » Mon Dec 22, 2008 1:14 pm

Is £200,000 good value for money for this business man?

I thought Cornish politicans were supposed to run Cornwall...

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Post by Rosko » Fri Jan 02, 2009 9:17 am

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This salary is an obscenity

It's abhorrent, incomprehensible and disgusting to most people in the Duchy; how do you earn that much for running a place you know next to nothing about, other than it's got nice beaches...?!! :-x

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Post by Morgarrow » Fri Jan 02, 2009 4:53 pm

You know what must be done - get control of the coming new set-up in Truro.

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Post by IrishJack » Fri Jan 02, 2009 5:11 pm

£200k is a perfectly reasonable salary for a CE of an organisation spending 1 billion a year. In fact, equivalent salries for CE of organisations of this financial size in the private sector would be well over £500k. I would have thought it preferable to have someone with private business experience, rather than some career civil servant.

Just because cornish people oft get paid peanuts doesn't mean that the largest spending orgnaisation in cornwall should be run by a monkey.

It appears that the cornish movement is ravaged by 1960s type socialist thought, capitalism is here to stay even if the governments of the west have to sell the next few generations to china and india to protect it.

Cornish workers alliance anyone? KSWP?

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Post by HaroldHake » Fri Jan 02, 2009 6:46 pm

The essential question here is how was the salary actually decided? By whom? The whole Council?

In fact the new CE is on record as saying that he will be asking Deloitte's to monitor procedures implementing the Unitary Authority-so £200k is just the start of the bill you will soon be asked to share and pick up.

In addition,it seems a curious time to be extolling the benfits of international financial capitalism. To suggest that we question the public responsibility of companies like SERCO and promote local democracy to defend working conditions, employment, pensions and health provision sounds a better strategy than to "sell the next few generations" to countries which have, so recently, helped finance the sub-prime mortgage market crisis.

edited by: HaroldHake, Jan 02, 2009 - 04:47 PM

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