Serco contract - Independent Review Officer appointed

District councillors have unanimously agreed to the terms of reference of an independent review of the Derbyshire Dales waste and recycling contract to establish Serco’s performance against the requirements of the contract.

 Allen Graham, a former Chief Executive of Rushcliffe Borough Council and Local Government Association (LGA) Peer Review Chief Executive Lead has been appointed as the Independent Review Officer in a process that will be completed by the end of this year.

 View the debate again on the District Council's YouTube channel below:



 A report on the findings of the review will be made to an extraordinary meeting of Derbyshire Dales District Council's Community and Environment committee in January next year.

 Each of the District Council's political groups is invited to nominate a councillor to contribute information to the review on behalf of their group.

The review of Serco's performance against the requirements of the contract using qualitative and quantitative methods was sanctioned at a full meeting of the District Council last month.

Agreeing the terms of reference for the review at a meeting of the Community & Environment Committee last night (17 November), councillors were told that officers had approached the LGA, the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and the Institute of Waste Management to seek an Independent Review Officer to lead the review.

A number of potential candidates had been evaluated based on their knowledge, experience, availability and cost. Mr Graham, founder and Managing Director of Circling Squares Ltd, has been identified by the LGA as having the necessary knowledge and experience to act as an independent person, having served in a range of leadership roles in all types of local authorities throughout a 30 year career.

Derbyshire Dales Chief Executive Paul Wilson told last night's meeting:
"Allen's role will be to work with the elected members' working group. He will have free rein to explore any particular issues or avenues within the scope of the review or indeed extend the scope of the review should he consider it necessary, and then report by December."
District councillors have unanimously agreed to the terms of reference of an independent review of the Derbyshire Dales waste and recycling contract to establish Serco’s performance against the requirements of the contract.

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