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Election of Chairman
To elect a chairman for the meeting. The Chairman of the Appointments Panel should normally be the Leader of the Council.
Apologies for Absence
To note the terms of reference of the Appointments Panel.
To receive notification of the appointment of Group Leaders, Deputy Group Leaders and the constitution of Political Groups for the next municipal year.
(a) Group Leaders and Deputies
To receive notification of the appointment of Group Leaders and Deputy Group Leaders of the Political Groups.
(b) Constitution of Political Groups
To receive notification of the constitution of Political Groups.
The relevant notification form is attached.
To receive nominations for the positions of Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Council for the next municipal year. The nominations process approved by the Council in February 2014 is set out below, which incorporates a revision to Section (f) of the procedure for the appointment of the Vice-Chairman of the Council, as a result of the review of the Constitution undertaken in March 2016.
(a) Election of Chairman of the Council
The individual elected to the office of Chairman of Epping Forest District Council shall be elected on merit by the Council at its annual meeting (see also provision (iv) below).
(b) Appointment of Vice-Chairman of Council
The appointment of the Vice Chairman of the Council shall be undertaken by the Council on the basis of merit in accordance with the following provisions:
(i) nominees for the office of Vice-Chairman of the Council are required to submit a nomination form supported and signed by no fewer than 15 serving District Councillors on the date when the Appointments Panel holds its first meeting in any municipal year;
(ii) nominees for Vice-Chairman of the Council may be a Councillor from any political group on the Council or any independent or unaffiliated Councillor;
(iii) the nomination of candidates for the position of Vice-Chairman and the expression of support for any nomination may be notified to the co-ordinating member by electronic mail;
(iv) all nominations shall be considered by the Appointments Panel for onward recommendation to the annual Council meeting;
(v) it is expected that the person appointed by the Council as Vice-Chairman of the Council shall normally be elected as the Chairman of the Council for the following Council year;
(vi) if for any reason, a Vice-Chairman is unable to be elected as Chairman of the Council following their year as Vice Chairman, the procedure outlined in (a) to (c) above shall also apply to the election of a new Chairman. If it is not possible to submit a supported and signed nomination form by the date on which the Appointments Panel holds its first meeting in any municipal year, nominees for the office of Chairman of the Council are required to submit to the Proper Officer, a nomination form supported and signed by no fewer than 15 serving Councillors, by the date of the Annual Council meeting; and
(vii) the Council may suspend the operation of the appointment process set out above at an annual Council meeting. A motion to that effect and giving reasons as to why this would be in the best interests of the Council may only be adopted if the equivalent of 65% of Council members present at the meeting vote in favour.
The relevant notification form is attached.
To consider the appointment of the Leader of the Council (if required) and the Cabinet for the next municipal year.
(a) Leader of the Council
The Council’s Constitution provides that at the annual meeting after the current Leader completes his/her term of office, the Council must reappoint a Leader for a four-year term (or to the annual Council meeting after their normal retirement date). This appointment can only be made by the Council and was last made on 28 May 2015. Nominations for the position of Leader are not therefore required this year (Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 (Section 67)).
(b) Leader Appointments
The Leader to report on the current position with regard to:
(i) Cabinet appointments;
(ii) Cabinet portfolios and responsibilities; and
(iii) Cabinet committees and appointments.
A schedule showing the appointments of the Leader for the current municipal year is attached, together with a separate schedule of any nominations so far received for the next year. The Leader will report separately with regard to further appointments for the next year.
To note the Council’s adopted procedure relating to pro rata allocations to committees and the advice in this regard previously issued by Counsel.
The pro rata allocations schedule showing the current position is also attached.
To consider nominations for membership of Committees, Sub-Committees and Panels for the next municipal year.
A schedule showing the membership of Committees, Sub-Committees and Panels for the current municipal year is attached, together with a separate schedule of any nominations so far received for the next year. Group Leaders will report separately with regard to further nominations for membership of Committees, Sub-Committees and Panels for the next year.
(b) Area Plans Sub-Committee South
The attached nominations schedule for the next year includes details of those members that have so far opted-in to membership of Area Plans Sub-Committee South, in accordance with the arrangements approved by the Council on 20 February 2007. The Director of Governance will report separately with regard to any further members who wish to opt-in to membership of the Sub-Committee.
(c) Overview and Scrutiny - Select Committees & Task and Finish Panels
Nominations to the Select Committees and any ongoing Task and Finish Panels are not required for the Annual Council Meeting. Nominations will be considered at the first meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee in the new municipal year.
To consider member appointments to outside organisations (including appointments of the Leader of the Council), carrying out:
(a) Executive Functions; and
(b) Non-Executive functions
A schedule detailing appointments for the current municipal year is attached. Details of any nominations received for the coming year will be circulated separately.
In making four-year appointments to the Lea Valley Regional Park Authority (LVRPA) from 1 July 2017, the Council has been asked by LVRPA to give consideration to the attached Member Job Description.
Substitute Members - Notification Arrangements 2017/18
Political Groups to report the names of those councillors appointed for the purposes of notifying substitute members for meetings.
To consider a draft seating plan for Council meetings for the next municipal year. The current seating plan is attached for information.
Any Other Business
(Director of Governance) To consider any additional items of business for the meeting.
Date of Next Meeting
To note that, if required, a further meeting of the Panel will be held at 7.00pm on 18 May 2017.