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Recruitment of IPSA's directors
FOI014
Disclosure Date:17 May 2010
Categories: IPSA - STAFF
Exemptions Applied: None
Request

Please provide full details of the recruitment process used to recruit IPSA directors (interim, contractor, or otherwise). Please break this down for each director, so I can see the process used for each of them. For each, please state the recruitment company used, produce copies of advertising used, and the number of applicants to each position.

Please disclose any existing relationships that these directors had with other senior IPSA staff prior to them being recruited.

Please disclose membership of political parties, current or former, for all IPSA senior staff.

Response

The information you requested is provided below.

Director of Operations

a. Recruitment process

The Director of Operations was recruited using the standard government procurement framework, A217480/L1, Interim Management: Board/Executive Committee Level (see www.buyingsolutions.gov.uk/frameworks).

b. Recruitment companies used

There are ten recruitment agencies as part of this framework (details can be found at the above link) and all agencies were invited to submit 2 CVs.

c. Advertising

IPSA produced no adverts for this role, since this is part of the service provided by the agencies on the framework.

d. Number of applicants

There were 18 applicants.

e. Existing relationships

As part of the recruitment process, if any member of the sift/interview panel has a prior relationship with any candidate, they are excluded from the appointment panel. The successful candidate was not previously known to the IPSA team.

f. Party membership

Current membership of political parties is listed in the IPSA register of interests, which is available on the IPSA website. The current postholder holds no membership of any political parties. IPSA does not hold information relating to previous party membership.

Director of Human Resources

a. Recruitment process

The Director of Operations was recruited using the standard government procurement framework, A217832/L1, Specialist Contractors (see www.buyingsolutions.gov.uk/frameworks).

b. Recruitment companies used

There are thirteen recruitment agencies as part of this framework (details can be found at the above link) and all agencies were invited to submit 2 CVs.

c. Advertising

IPSA produced no adverts for this role, since this is part of the service provided by the agencies on the framework.

d. Number of applicants

There were 18 applicants.

e. Existing relationships

As part of the recruitment process, if any member of the sift/interview panel has a prior relationship with any candidate, they are excluded from the appointment panel. The successful candidate had worked with the Interim CEO beforehand; consequently the Interim CEO was not on the panel.

f. Party membership

Current membership of political parties is listed in the IPSA register of interests, which is available on the IPSA website. The current postholder holds no membership of any political parties. IPSA does not hold information relating to previous party membership.

Director of Finance and Corporate Services

a. Recruitment process

The Director of Operations was recruited using the standard government procurement framework, A217480/L1, Interim Management: Board/Executive Committee Level (see www.buyingsolutions.gov.uk/frameworks).

b. Recruitment companies used

There are ten recruitment agencies as part of this framework (details can be found at the above link) and all agencies were invited to submit 2 CVs.

c. Advertising

IPSA produced no adverts for this role, since this is part of the service provided by the agencies on the framework.

d. Number of applicants

There were 18 applicants.

e. Existing relationships

As part of the recruitment process, if any member of the sift/interview panel has a prior relationship with any candidate, they are excluded from the appointment panel. The successful candidate was not previously known to the IPSA team.

f. Party membership

Current membership of political parties is listed in the IPSA register of interests, which is available on the IPSA website. The current postholder holds no membership of any political parties. IPSA does not hold information relating to previous party membership.

Director of Policy

a. Recruitment process

The Director of Policy is on secondment from the Ministry of Justice on a level transfer.

b. Recruitment companies used

N/A

c. Advertising

N/A

d. Number of applicants

N/A

e. Existing relationships

The Director of Policy and Interim CEO were colleagues in the Department of Constitutional Affairs (DCA). The Interim CEO left his post in the DCA in 2005.

f. Party membership

Current membership of political parties is listed in the IPSA register of interests, which is available on the IPSA website. The current postholder holds no membership of any political parties. IPSA does not hold information relating to previous party membership.

Interim Chief Executive

a. Recruitment process

The Interim Chief Executive is on secondment from the Ministry of Justice on a level transfer.

b. Recruitment companies used

N/A

c. Advertising

N/A

d. Number of applicants

N/A

e. Existing relationships

The Interim Chief Executive was the first member of the senior team.

f. Party membership

Current membership of political parties is listed in the IPSA register of interests, which is available on the IPSA website. The current postholder holds no membership of any political parties. IPSA does not hold information relating to previous party membership.

Deputy Director of Finance and Corporate Services

a. Recruitment process

The Deputy Director of Finance and Corporate Services is on secondment from the National Audit Office on a level transfer.

b. Recruitment companies used

N/A

c. Advertising

N/A

d. Number of applicants

N/A

e. Existing relationships

The successful candidate was not previously known to the IPSA team.

f. Party membership

Current membership of political parties is listed in the IPSA register of interests, which is available on the IPSA website. The current postholder holds no membership of any political parties. IPSA does not hold information relating to previous party membership.