Negotiations With Scilly’s Chief Exec Still Ongoing

Council Chief Executive, Philip Hygate

Negotiations with the suspended Council chief executive, Philip Hygate, over a settlement that could see him leave his position, have not yet been resolved, according to the Council’s finance director.

That has also been confirmed by Council vice chair Amanda Martin.

As of last night, Mr Hygate’s legal team had not accepted the settlement that councillors agreed in principle last Tuesday.

Some Councillors believe that the Full Council will have to meet again, should Mr Hygate wish to take the package that has been tabled.

TV reports have suggested that agreement has been reached but Peter Lawrence-Roberts says the discussions are still ongoing.

And he says until these have reached a conclusion, it will remain a confidential employment matter.

When the matter is resolved, and if Mr Hygate leaves, the authority could be without a chief executive for many months.

There’s no succession plan within the Town Hall.

If a new CEO is recruited from another Council, he or she would most likely have to give up to six months notice to their current employer.

And the post doesn’t have to be filled at all. Peter confirmed that there is no legal requirement to have a chief exec, although the Council must have a monitoring officer, and that is one of Mr Hygate’s duties.

Mr Hygate has strenuously denied the allegations that led to his suspension.


4 Responses to Negotiations With Scilly’s Chief Exec Still Ongoing

  1. Pat Hicks December 20, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    I would like to correct myself… And say that i believe the councilors are working together. well done….
    Roll on 2013

  2. Todd Stevens December 19, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Dont shilly shally about by asking if he agrees- just tell him “this is what your legally entitled to, now take it or leave it!”

  3. Pat Hicks December 19, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    I know i keep harping on about this, but I just want the councilors
    to work together and start trusting each other. i know some feel that they have been kept out of the loop in some things but surely they must know that some things are confidential…
    Please all councilors put your ego’s and pride to one side and pull together for the sake of the islands…
    I WANT 2013 TO BE BETTER THAN 2012.

  4. Nobby Nobbs December 19, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    When he’s gone, share the duties amongst the senior officers so the power is always diluted and train some of them to be the returning officer,