This document was
circulated by e-mail to all Executive members on the morning of 12
Agenda item 5;
Replacement of Catering Manager
In an email to all
Exec members on hearing of Tinas resignation I recommended that
we offer Laura the position of Temporary Catering and Events Manager.
Having previously conducted a personal interview with Laura I
concluded that she had the intelligence, skills and dedication in
spades to make a good fist of this. This to me remains the best
option. To recruit runs the risk of a person not actually fitting
into our irregular schedule and variable volunteer cover. In separate
emails both Ray and Colin have supported this view.
There then came a
series of remarks about Laura not wanting the job. This surprised me
as it was contrary to my understanding. More surprising was when I
spoke to Laura on 10 June 2015 to discover that Ray had not discussed
the role directly with Laura and that her remarks were based on
frustration at being kept uninformed although QRS will be heavily
reliant upon her help until a permanent solution is found.
I stated that the
job of Temporary Catering and Events Manager would be:
1. Full time
2. Would obviously
be at a higher salary than currently
3. Would have
proper support staff to ensure that she could have her statutory meal
times and holiday entitlement
4. That there
would be sick pay (indicative 4 weeks p.a.)
5. That there
would be training available
6. That there
would be a pension scheme available (legislation demands this)
7. That she could
include responsibility for schools (she has a volunteer to assist in this)
8. That she would
cease all facilities responsibility
9. That she would
report to the Commercial Manager (not the Portfolio Holder)
recommend that Laura be offered this temporary role until 31 December 2015.
Ray has a friend
who has been the director of a relevant catering company who has
offered to advise and we would be wise to accept this.
On the day that
Ray was supposed to speak with Laura in the morning, and did not, he
brought in Cheryl Eaton of Barnies. At a meeting on 10 June it was
obvious throughout the meeting that he had decided to appoint Cheryl
Eaton as Catering Manager although she stated that she was not yet in
a position to state costs and benefits or even commit herself and her
company to doing this. Regrettably Ray displayed an ignorance of the
catering arrangements (such as different offerings for different
events) and was dismissive of the important contribution of John
Hatton. I believe that he decided on hunch alone and I corrected the
situation by stating that the decision would be made by the Exec when
sufficient information was available. As treasurer I absolutely
oppose another unprofessional arrangement and absolutely favour an
employed Catering Manager whether that be Laura or ANO.
I suspected that Cheryl Eaton was not experienced in the provision of
freshly cooked food like sausages, chips, beans, baked potatoes etc.
I believe that the Barnies website supports this concern in that
Barnies are a sandwich company. I suppose BR sandwiches do have history!
Treasurer QRS Ltd)