19 July 2011
All male panel to choose new CEO
What a disappointment. The same thing happened 4 years ago when we selected Ray Pincombe. The first discussion I had with him at that time was that this should not have happened and was given a reassurance that Unley would never again present a single sex panel for the selection of a member of staff or the CEO. What I find most galling about this decision is that we are less likely to get the right applicants or choose the right person without the balance in the decision making that equity brings to it. Choosing a CEO is probably the single most important thing that Council does, get this right and what we as Councillors wish to deliver to our electors is more likely to happen. So, am I just a poor loser? I think not, I would be more than happy to have the other female Councillor on the panel and if she had wished to stand I would not have put my name in the mix. Just think for one moment, if you are male what chance you think you would have of getting a professional position if the panel was all female, maybe if you knew the panel would be all female you might even choose not to write an application. In my work (teaching and schools) it has been essential for all panels to have have at least one male and one female member for over 20 years. I have written to the CEO this morning to see what he intends to do to alter this outcome.