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FiReBuy: Public Appointments

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what criteria were used in selecting the six individuals shortlisted for the vacant post of Chairman of Firebuy Limited; and if he will make a statement. (296549)

The criteria used for shortlisting the candidates for the Chair were published in the person specification for the role which formed part of the application pack for candidates.

The essential criteria were:

Track record of leadership at a senior level in a corporate environment in the public or private sector.

Experience of leading a change management process, establishing and maintaining strategic direction.

Track record of corporate, commercial and financial management in a public and/or private sector environment.

Experience of effective corporate governance and risk management.

Track record of working in an environment with a wide stakeholder community representing a variety of interests.

The desirable criteria were:

Knowledge of the emergency services.

Knowledge and experience of public sector procurement, contract and service management.

An understanding about the issues involved in working within a political environment.

The selection process is currently under way and we hope to appoint the chair in November.