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£250k States Chief's assessors worked with him before

£250k States Chief's assessors worked with him before

Tuesday 04 December 2018

£250k States Chief's assessors worked with him before


The same company tasked with evaluating the performance of the States Chief Executive in Jersey also performed a similar role for his previous job in London, it has emerged.

Last week it was announced that Dr John Nicholson from consultants Nicholson McBride had been appointed to gather feedback on Charlie Parker, who earns a base salary of £250,000 as the island’s most senior civil servant.

He will be responsible for preparing a report to be sent to the Chief Minister, who will then be able to assess how far Mr Parker has succeeded in achieving the six general objectives set for him last week, which include “deliver[ing] One Government”. 

But now it has emerged that Nicholson McBride were involved in Mr Parker’s appraisal process in his previous role as Chief Executive of the London Borough of Westminster. 

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Pictured: Westminster is listed as a client on Nicholson McBride's website.

The borough is listed as a client on Nicholson McBride’s website, but their specific involvement with Mr Parker’s role came to light in a document entitled ‘Appraisal Arrangements for the Chief Executive’, which details how the City of Westminster’s General Purposes Committee decided to re-evaluate their Chief Executive’s assessment process after it was announced Mr Parker would be leaving last year.

Mr Parker’s contract, which Express made public for the first time last weekdoesn't reveal any bonuses or performance-related pay arrangements - but two significant sections have been withheld, as they have so far been judged to be personal. The contract also gives him the ability to set his own job description, against which he'll be measured. 

Under his former scheme in Westminster, his remuneration package comprised an element of deferred pay of 18%, which “comprise(d) a performance element to recognise the significant accountability of the delivery of services and corporate objectives aligned to the management of the Council’s senior team”.

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Pictured: One of the redactions on Mr Parker's contract.

Whether Mr Parker would receive this deferred element was down to the Appointments Sub-committee, which received input from Nicholson McBride. 

“They receive a report from the Director of People Services which has input from Nicholson McBride, who are the current consultants for this purpose. The consultant conducts a 360 degree feedback exercise and discusses the year’s performance with the Chief Executive, Leader and other leading Members and Officers and reports their findings to the Sub-Committee,” the Council document said.

However, the General Purposes Committee later concluded that the process wasn’t sufficiently objective and suggested that it should be changed. “The process stipulates that the Chief Executive presents his/her annual achievements to the Sub-Committee both through a paper and then verbally at the committee. Given the decision on deferred pay is directly linked to this presentation of achievement against objectives (along with the 360 feedback supplied by the external consultant) the presentation will always lack the sense of objective reflection that characterises the best appraisal interactions,” they said.

The news of Nicholson McBride’s input into Mr Parker’s assessment process follows weeks of questioning from Express to States officials, who repeatedly declined to reveal any information about the “independent assessor” – despite having told Express that they had been appointed many months ago under the previous Chief Minister.

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Pictured: Mr Parker's assessment process in Westminster was linked with a deferred 18% salary payment. 

It also comes after Express revealed over summer that Mr Parker had been operating without any specific Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) since his appointment.

Despite being finally announced last week, the objectives given - announced one year to the day after Charlie Parker first signed his contract with the States, which included specific reference to performance monitoring - were far from the specific and measurable targets that islanders and States Members had called for.

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Posted by John Henwood on
It is natural and perfectly reasonable for the Chief Minister (or whoever) to reach for a consult with relevant experience to assess the performance of the Chief Executive of the States. The fact that the expert has worked with Mr Parker before can only be helpful as he will be aware of his weaknesses as well as his strengths.
It's is beginning to appear that Bailiwick Express has a problem with Mr Parker and is straining to find material that can be presented in a negative light. Pity, it diminishes an otherwise good and useful publication.
Posted by William Boyd on
As I said last week the whole Parker affair/appointment gets more bizarre with every revelation. Are we being had over? It is a serious question.
Posted by Ang Smith on
"The consultant conducts a 360 degree feedback exercise and discusses the year’s performance with the Chief Executive, Leader and other leading Members and Officers". But these positions are filled by his mates, and he brought many of them along from Westminster, so this is hardly an objective approach... so let's hope this approach is not adopted in Jersey.
How about something simpler, like How much has he spent, versus how much has he actually saved?
Posted by John Smith on
Seems to me pretty reasonable - if they've worked together and been successful before, let's hope they can do so again. The worrying issue is who is monitoring the 'success'.
Posted by Bo In Jersey on
Express are selective in the comments they publish but investigative journalism is welcomed. To me, they don't have "a problem" with Parker. We would still have golf buddies King and Gallichan from Economic Devlopment on show ( thanks, JEP) if it were not for their probing and concern. Please keep it up.
Posted by richard davy on
Missing the real point. How did Mr Parker perform in his previous position (?) That's your 'model'.
Posted by Lesley Ricketts on
Mr Parker reports to Chief Minister Le Fondré who appears to be quite content to sit back and abdicate his responsibilities but let’s wait until something goes wrong and he will be the first to point the finger of blame at the chief executive.
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