Council seeks £17M care firm leader - for just £5K a year

The search is on for someone to chair the board of management of the new company which will, from April 1, deliver all adult care services currently provided by Scottish Borders Council.

Interviews are due to take place on March 25 and the successful candidate will lead the board of SB Cares, a limited liability company (LLP) wholly owned by the council, which will have an annual budget of £17m and employ nearly 1,000 full and part-time staff who will transfer with terms and conditions intact.

The successful candidate will lead the board of SB Cares, a limited liability company (LLP) wholly owned by the council, which will have an annual budget of £17m and employ nearly 1,000 full and part-time staff who will transfer with terms and conditions intact.

The job description does not specify how many hours the chair will have to work but states the post carries no salary, although he or she will be entitled to “an annual payment as well as expenses”.

A council spokesperson said: “The chair of SBC Cares will receive a nominal payment of around £5,000 which is line with similar positions of this nature.”

The board of management, which will be “responsible for all aspects of the LLP and its business”, will comprise a chair, a managing director, a finance and commercial director and a head of operations along with “up to five additional persons with the skills, knowledge or experience deemed necessary or useful to the board in fulfilling its obligations and functions”.

Philip Barr, SBC’s £105,000 a year depute chief executive, has been seconded to take the role of interim managing director for up to 18 months, while another SBC employee Debbie Collins will act as interim finance and commercial director for a shorter period.

“Remaining appointments to the SB Cares board will be sought once a chair has been recruited,” said the SBC spokesperson.

Although there will be no elected members of SBC on the board, the company will be monitored by a Strategic Governance Group (SGG), a sub-committee of the council, which will meet the board every three months.

That group’s approval will be required for all contracts and transactions worth more than £50,000 and any cuts or additions to the services offered by the company.

The approval of the full council will be required on all staffing matters affecting terms and conditions.