Cllr Gilchrist moved on the minutes of the meeting of the 16th March 2011. He asked if there were any matters arising or inaccuracies? He also asked if the content of the minutes was agreed. They were agreed. To enable officers to go home or to future meetings he asked that the agenda be rearranged so that items 13, 17 and 18 would be heard first.
It was going to be item 13 first, but then changed to item 17 which was on the supplementary agenda. This was introduced by the report author Chris Hyams. She said it was a report the scrutiny committee had requested so she was reporting back. She repeated what was in the three page report and its two page appendix at length.
She said the People Strategy had been agreed by Cabinet, then the Employment and Appointments Committee. She talked about the principle of investing, supporting and leading the workforce and the effective people framework. She said there were five key themes and that the achievements were detailed in the appendix. The Corporate Plan identified the themes about improvements in delivering an efficient and effective Council.
She wanted to highlight the key achievements in what had been a challenging year in Human Resources. The key initiative had regarded leadership development. The communication strategy had been improved which led to a briefing system that cascaded down the structure and allowed feedback to be given and questions to be asked over key organisational issues. There was also a focus on corporate/leadership behaviour and an updated training programme which included an MBA in Leadership and ILM qualifications.