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GLA SEARCH FOR 'OFFICER FACE' CHIEF EXECUTIVE

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The Greater London Authority is seeking a chief executive and five departmental directors. ...
The Greater London Authority is seeking a chief executive and five departmental directors.

The GLA has decided that although the mayor is effectively an elected chief executive, the head of paid service will still take the title.

In a discussion paper for the appointments committee, interim head of paid service Bob Chilton said: 'If the workload implications for projects and tasks arising from the mayor and assembly need to be assessed, resources allocated, performance managed, some figure of authority is needed. Further, the assembly may feel the GLA needs an external 'officer face' to represent the GLA at officer level in government and with other bodies in London.'

Recruitment consultants will help the Greater London Authority appoint the chief executive and directors for the five departments under the interim structure. These are strategy, performance and partnership, communications, corporate services and the secretariat.

Firms under consideration include PricewaterhouseCoopers, TMP Worldwide, Succession Planning Associates, Hoggett Bowers, Korn/Ferry International, Spencer Stuart, Rileys and Adderly Featherstone.

Mr Chilton told the appointments committee that GLA staff absorbed from other organisations were not ideal. He said some, such as those from the London Research Centre, lacked experience of policy development and strategy work, but 'their large number consumes considerable budget and accommodation'.

Meanwhile, the first appointment to the mayor's office has been announced. Ken Livingstone's campaign manager, Simon Fletcher, has got the chief of staff job.

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