The day started at 0800 in Shire Hall going through my diary for the week with my PA. This was followed by a full and frank discussion with a fellow councillor who needed some guidance on how best to perform as a councillor.
At 0930 I chaired the Leaders and Chief Officers group. These are leaders from our district councils, health, fire and police. A great meeting where issues that affect all of us in Cambridgeshire were discussed. We had updates on health and the new police structures including the new elected police chief’s. The issue of sharing data between public organisations was also raised. This seemed sensible if it is in the interest of the individual and is a force of good not evil.
At 1200 I chaired an informal gathering of my cabinet to discuss some up and coming issues and opportunities. These informal meetings are fantastic to ensure all activities between different portfolios are coordinated. This is particularly important as policy is being developed as it gives time to ensure policies are joined up and unintended consequences are avoided where ever possible.
At 1400 I sat for 6 hours on an appointments panel for very senior positions within Environment Services. This was long and thorough as the two appointments we had to make were from four existing posts. Making people redundant and appointing the right people is a serious matter. We heard presentations from all four applicants.
Finally at 2000 it was time to leave for Birmingham for the LGA conference.
A good day.