Horsham District Council is on the look-out for a Business Transformation Manager. The salary on offer is £60K per annum for a two-year fixed term contract. Here’s part of the advert under the title, meeting the challenge of change:
We are a successful, efficient and ambitious council and we want to change the way we work and to improve services to residents and customers. This newly created post, reporting to the Chief Executive and working closely with our Corporate Management Team and Cabinet, is an important role in helping to transform service delivery during a time of increasing financial pressures.
This exciting and challenging opportunity will suit an ambitious, highly-motivated and innovative individual. You will lead a newly-formed team to plan, manage and implement a change programme that will challenge existing practices and identify new ways of delivering services that are innovative, efficient and provide value for money.
This is the council that recently advertised for a Healthy Weight Coordinator, a Physical Activity Coordinator, and a Workplace Health Coordinator. Perhaps this is an area where changes could begin? And I don’t need to be paid £60K to be able to tell them that!
On 18 January I wrote about HS2 recruiting Community Liaison & Stakeholder Managers and Advisors, and Community Forums Managers. We don’t know how many of them there will be, but we do know they are being paid between £33k-£60K per annum. Now HS2 is recruiting a Head of Public Affairs on the not insignificant salary of £97,398, plus benefits. Here’s part of the job description:
Since receiving the Government’s go ahead, we have moved to a position of promoting HS2 – one of the most exciting projects of our generation and one of the more controversial. As Head of Public Affairs, you will take the lead in defining the strategy and lead HS2’s relationships with key stakeholders, the public and the media.
Reporting to the Chief Executive, and leading a team of 60, you will be responsible for overseeing the strategy and implementation for HS2 consultations and engagement with local authorities and communities in addition to developing and maintaining the corporate communications agenda and strategy via all communications channels.
So there we have it. The new Head of Public Affairs will be running a spin machine with 60 employees in it. In plain English, their task is to try and win over those councils and community groups who are vehemently opposed to it and know it is a white elephant. I suppose the cost of these salaries is peanuts compared to the ‘estimated’ £32bn this will cost taxpayers, but it highlights the lengths the Government will go to in trying to push this project forward.
To read our research on HS2, click on this link. We have made the case for the opposition. Most people in the UK agree with us. Start looking out for the team of 60 people trying say you are wrong.