The fact that Andrea Hill feels she needs leadership training at £525 plus VAT a session, suggests she is not as secure as she would like us to think.
The Daily Mail reveals that she has had 23 coaching sessions with a “change guru” costing taxpayers £12,075. Add to that quite a few hours of her time which must cost several thousand pounds as her pay and pensions package is worth more than £5,000 a week.
We should be asking the councillors who voted for her appointment in 2008 (voting record) whether she really met their person specification. The first paragraph is: “Ability to provide visible and supportive leadership, empowering, enabling, motivating and developing others, fostering a positive organisational environment that shows tolerance and respect for a variety of communities and cultures.” Did those councillors realise they were taking on someone who would require expensive training? The full spec is a A Riverside View blog.
Jeremy Pembroke, now council leader, was one of those who voted for Ms Hill (Labour and Lib Dems voted solidly against) and he has also been getting training from Mr Davidson.
From a council that insists if is efficient, we really do need evidence that this money was well spent. Until that is provided difficult to see what difference it has made. At the moment we are entitled to believe it would have been better spend on lollipop patrols.
Perhaps the most worrying thing is that she did not realise the cost of her training would eventually become public, or did not care.
Saturday, March 5: Caroline Page, also writing yesterday, made the point about lollipop patrols rather better than I did. She says the money spent on training Ms Hill would pay Terry King, who sees Woodbridge children across the road, for seven year.