I see that we have yet another appointment from outside Jersey. It would be interesting to know how many local applicants were available for the post. I don't know what the salary is, but Ruth Davies' previous position came in the salary band of £70,000-£75,000 with a bonus of £10,000-£15,000 and a healthy pension scheme in addition under the Premium Civil Service Pension Scheme. (This is all available from the Dstl Annual Reports, and in the public domain, so no breach of Data Protection - see Links below for the cash equivalent value of her pension.) I would imagine she'll get a higher figure here.
The Chief Minister's department is pleased to announce the appointment of Ruth Davies as the new Director of Human Resources (HR) for the States of Jersey. Ruth is a highly experienced senior manager, with experience in both public and private sectors. She joins us from the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), an agency of the Ministry of Defence (MOD) that supplies scientific research and advice to the MOD and other government departments. For the past 5 years she has been Director of HR for this agency where she led major organisational change. Among her key achievements were the restructuring of the Human Resources and Health and Safety teams; the implementation of business performance measures and a stronger focus on customer delivery.
I notice that one of the annual reports reports notes that:
Outstanding leadership is undoubtedly a critical factor in achieving the very best from our people. This is especially important at a time of change as we prepare to relocate onto three core sites and adopt new working practices and tools. This year has seen the clarification of leadership roles and responsibilities, with an emphasis on leading and developing people to fill the full range of management roles. Our new leadership development programme will equip managers with the skills they need to support and engage their people, especially through this period of change.
Let us hope, therefore that her appointment is part of a move to train up local managers to the required proficiency so that in future, appointments can be made from within the Island, from the local pool of skills. We are forever hearing of the need to train and appoint locally, and it must surely be extremely depressing - as in the case of La Moye School - when perfectly suitable people are passed over in favour of someone from outside Jersey. I'm not saying that it is always the best policy to appoint from within Jersey, but the record number of outside appointments suggests a basic deficiency in the training methods. Specialist posts like doctors, nurses, teachers may need outside recruitment if there are not enough local skilled people, but administrative posts are more generalist - as can be seen by the way in which James Le Feuvre has cheerfully relocated from education to health and back again to education. But even with specialist posts, are courses being supplied at Highlands and elsewhere for future needs?
In the old days, there was a civil service exam over here which picked up on potential "high fliers" from the start, and perhaps it is time to review just how well this is being done. Do we have any numbers of potential candidates being trained from Chief Officer material, or picked as potential for the future? That would be an interesting question for the Council of Ministers to answer, especially as Mike Pollard's contract is coming to an end and we might be looking for a new Chief of Health.
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