Farewell party held for Poole council chief executive as search goes on to find replacement

John McBride

John's retirement party

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A DELAYED retirement party has taken place for Borough of Poole chief executive John McBride, who officially left the council at the end of March.

His party was delayed by ‘a nasty bout of food poisoning’, but took place at the Civic Centre on April 17, attended by current and former colleagues.

He had spent 12 years heading the council and in recent years steering it through difficult financial times.

John originally came to Poole in 1986 as assistant treasurer and, after a spell away from the council, was appointed policy director before becoming chief executive in 2002.

Originally from Hull, he started his career as a trainee accountant in Nottinghamshire.

In a message to staff he said: “It was a huge privilege to be chief executive of Poole and to have worked with such a talented and committed group of staff, councillors and partners.

“Together we achieved a great deal to improve the quality of life for people in Poole and I hope that you share my pride in that work.”

After one attempt to find a replacement the job is being re-advertised, and in the meantime strategic director Andrew Flockhart is acting chief executive.

John said: “It’s a pity that the recruitment of a new chief executive is taking longer than originally hoped, but as I always said to new staff at induction, recruitment is so important, we cannot afford to get it wrong.”

He added: “I have been so lucky to have worked with many hugely-talented directors and service unit heads in my time at Poole and I am confident that you are in good hands.”

Paying tribute to him, Cllr Elaine Atkinson, leader of the council said: “John is an excellent chief executive who made an enormous contribution to Poole during his many years with the council.”

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4:06pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Jo__Go says...

Have the taxpayers had to stump up for this party?
Have the taxpayers had to stump up for this party? Jo__Go
  • Score: 8

4:38pm Tue 22 Apr 14

apm1954 says...

Jo__Go wrote:
Have the taxpayers had to stump up for this party?
when you buy your gas, electric, etc do you ask the same question.
[quote][p][bold]Jo__Go[/bold] wrote: Have the taxpayers had to stump up for this party?[/p][/quote]when you buy your gas, electric, etc do you ask the same question. apm1954
  • Score: -14

4:38pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Baysider says...

Jo__Go wrote:
Have the taxpayers had to stump up for this party?
Oh I expect so. We paid for party hats, jelly, ice cream, a karaoke machine and dancing girls too? no doubt all topped off with a wonderful fireworks display. Did you not see it?

Seriously, don't worry yourself. The bloke was on £130,000+ a year. I would think that he had enough set aside for a few sausage rolls and some cheap plonk from Lidls.
[quote][p][bold]Jo__Go[/bold] wrote: Have the taxpayers had to stump up for this party?[/p][/quote]Oh I expect so. We paid for party hats, jelly, ice cream, a karaoke machine and dancing girls too? no doubt all topped off with a wonderful fireworks display. Did you not see it? Seriously, don't worry yourself. The bloke was on £130,000+ a year. I would think that he had enough set aside for a few sausage rolls and some cheap plonk from Lidls. Baysider
  • Score: 2

5:13pm Tue 22 Apr 14

carrrob says...

No we would have paid for it hope he declared any leaving gift as a taxable benefit !
No we would have paid for it hope he declared any leaving gift as a taxable benefit ! carrrob
  • Score: 4

5:32pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Marty Caine UKIP says...

Baysider wrote:
Jo__Go wrote:
Have the taxpayers had to stump up for this party?
Oh I expect so. We paid for party hats, jelly, ice cream, a karaoke machine and dancing girls too? no doubt all topped off with a wonderful fireworks display. Did you not see it?

Seriously, don't worry yourself. The bloke was on £130,000+ a year. I would think that he had enough set aside for a few sausage rolls and some cheap plonk from Lidls.
Think you will find that was £130,000 a year + Benefits + a nice pension that we will all be paying for even when his replacement takes on the role at £135k + benefits + pension. Not a bad little number if your face fits I suppose. Call me cynical but I would much prefer to see someone who wants to do something positive for the local community doesn't start off by robbing the purse. The only thing more obscene than council CEO salaries is that of Charity CEO's.
[quote][p][bold]Baysider[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jo__Go[/bold] wrote: Have the taxpayers had to stump up for this party?[/p][/quote]Oh I expect so. We paid for party hats, jelly, ice cream, a karaoke machine and dancing girls too? no doubt all topped off with a wonderful fireworks display. Did you not see it? Seriously, don't worry yourself. The bloke was on £130,000+ a year. I would think that he had enough set aside for a few sausage rolls and some cheap plonk from Lidls.[/p][/quote]Think you will find that was £130,000 a year + Benefits + a nice pension that we will all be paying for even when his replacement takes on the role at £135k + benefits + pension. Not a bad little number if your face fits I suppose. Call me cynical but I would much prefer to see someone who wants to do something positive for the local community doesn't start off by robbing the purse. The only thing more obscene than council CEO salaries is that of Charity CEO's. Marty Caine UKIP
  • Score: 7

6:03pm Tue 22 Apr 14

ShuttleX says...

If Andrew Flockhart is good enough to be acting Chief Exe, then he should be good enough to have the job full time. If he isn't good enough for the job, why has he been allowed to be acting Chief Exe?
If Andrew Flockhart is good enough to be acting Chief Exe, then he should be good enough to have the job full time. If he isn't good enough for the job, why has he been allowed to be acting Chief Exe? ShuttleX
  • Score: 6

6:13pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Jo__Go says...

apm1954 wrote:
Jo__Go wrote:
Have the taxpayers had to stump up for this party?
when you buy your gas, electric, etc do you ask the same question.
I have a choice about who I buy my utilities from, and the price I pay. I have *no* choice about whether and how much council tax to pay.
[quote][p][bold]apm1954[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jo__Go[/bold] wrote: Have the taxpayers had to stump up for this party?[/p][/quote]when you buy your gas, electric, etc do you ask the same question.[/p][/quote]I have a choice about who I buy my utilities from, and the price I pay. I have *no* choice about whether and how much council tax to pay. Jo__Go
  • Score: 11

8:10pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Baysider says...

Jo__Go wrote:
apm1954 wrote:
Jo__Go wrote:
Have the taxpayers had to stump up for this party?
when you buy your gas, electric, etc do you ask the same question.
I have a choice about who I buy my utilities from, and the price I pay. I have *no* choice about whether and how much council tax to pay.
I suppose you could always fill the bath with Evian if you fancied it then. And if you think that you have genuine choice between the utilities you need your bumps felt.
[quote][p][bold]Jo__Go[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]apm1954[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jo__Go[/bold] wrote: Have the taxpayers had to stump up for this party?[/p][/quote]when you buy your gas, electric, etc do you ask the same question.[/p][/quote]I have a choice about who I buy my utilities from, and the price I pay. I have *no* choice about whether and how much council tax to pay.[/p][/quote]I suppose you could always fill the bath with Evian if you fancied it then. And if you think that you have genuine choice between the utilities you need your bumps felt. Baysider
  • Score: -16

8:12pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Baysider says...

Marty Caine UKIP wrote:
Baysider wrote:
Jo__Go wrote:
Have the taxpayers had to stump up for this party?
Oh I expect so. We paid for party hats, jelly, ice cream, a karaoke machine and dancing girls too? no doubt all topped off with a wonderful fireworks display. Did you not see it?

Seriously, don't worry yourself. The bloke was on £130,000+ a year. I would think that he had enough set aside for a few sausage rolls and some cheap plonk from Lidls.
Think you will find that was £130,000 a year + Benefits + a nice pension that we will all be paying for even when his replacement takes on the role at £135k + benefits + pension. Not a bad little number if your face fits I suppose. Call me cynical but I would much prefer to see someone who wants to do something positive for the local community doesn't start off by robbing the purse. The only thing more obscene than council CEO salaries is that of Charity CEO's.
Still less than Farage is pulling in with his dodgy expenses though.
[quote][p][bold]Marty Caine UKIP[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Baysider[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jo__Go[/bold] wrote: Have the taxpayers had to stump up for this party?[/p][/quote]Oh I expect so. We paid for party hats, jelly, ice cream, a karaoke machine and dancing girls too? no doubt all topped off with a wonderful fireworks display. Did you not see it? Seriously, don't worry yourself. The bloke was on £130,000+ a year. I would think that he had enough set aside for a few sausage rolls and some cheap plonk from Lidls.[/p][/quote]Think you will find that was £130,000 a year + Benefits + a nice pension that we will all be paying for even when his replacement takes on the role at £135k + benefits + pension. Not a bad little number if your face fits I suppose. Call me cynical but I would much prefer to see someone who wants to do something positive for the local community doesn't start off by robbing the purse. The only thing more obscene than council CEO salaries is that of Charity CEO's.[/p][/quote]Still less than Farage is pulling in with his dodgy expenses though. Baysider
  • Score: -7

8:49pm Tue 22 Apr 14

muscliffman says...

Marty Caine UKIP wrote:
Baysider wrote:
Jo__Go wrote:
Have the taxpayers had to stump up for this party?
Oh I expect so. We paid for party hats, jelly, ice cream, a karaoke machine and dancing girls too? no doubt all topped off with a wonderful fireworks display. Did you not see it?

Seriously, don't worry yourself. The bloke was on £130,000+ a year. I would think that he had enough set aside for a few sausage rolls and some cheap plonk from Lidls.
Think you will find that was £130,000 a year + Benefits + a nice pension that we will all be paying for even when his replacement takes on the role at £135k + benefits + pension. Not a bad little number if your face fits I suppose. Call me cynical but I would much prefer to see someone who wants to do something positive for the local community doesn't start off by robbing the purse. The only thing more obscene than council CEO salaries is that of Charity CEO's.
UKIP really should include this issue in their election publicity, of course including those thousands of over paid fat cats also to be found in the EU administration......
.....

Oh, apparently you already have.
[quote][p][bold]Marty Caine UKIP[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Baysider[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jo__Go[/bold] wrote: Have the taxpayers had to stump up for this party?[/p][/quote]Oh I expect so. We paid for party hats, jelly, ice cream, a karaoke machine and dancing girls too? no doubt all topped off with a wonderful fireworks display. Did you not see it? Seriously, don't worry yourself. The bloke was on £130,000+ a year. I would think that he had enough set aside for a few sausage rolls and some cheap plonk from Lidls.[/p][/quote]Think you will find that was £130,000 a year + Benefits + a nice pension that we will all be paying for even when his replacement takes on the role at £135k + benefits + pension. Not a bad little number if your face fits I suppose. Call me cynical but I would much prefer to see someone who wants to do something positive for the local community doesn't start off by robbing the purse. The only thing more obscene than council CEO salaries is that of Charity CEO's.[/p][/quote]UKIP really should include this issue in their election publicity, of course including those thousands of over paid fat cats also to be found in the EU administration...... ..... Oh, apparently you already have. muscliffman
  • Score: 2

10:12pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Baysider says...

muscliffman wrote:
Marty Caine UKIP wrote:
Baysider wrote:
Jo__Go wrote:
Have the taxpayers had to stump up for this party?
Oh I expect so. We paid for party hats, jelly, ice cream, a karaoke machine and dancing girls too? no doubt all topped off with a wonderful fireworks display. Did you not see it?

Seriously, don't worry yourself. The bloke was on £130,000+ a year. I would think that he had enough set aside for a few sausage rolls and some cheap plonk from Lidls.
Think you will find that was £130,000 a year + Benefits + a nice pension that we will all be paying for even when his replacement takes on the role at £135k + benefits + pension. Not a bad little number if your face fits I suppose. Call me cynical but I would much prefer to see someone who wants to do something positive for the local community doesn't start off by robbing the purse. The only thing more obscene than council CEO salaries is that of Charity CEO's.
UKIP really should include this issue in their election publicity, of course including those thousands of over paid fat cats also to be found in the EU administration......

.....

Oh, apparently you already have.
What a load of old cobblers as per usual. Whoever gets the job will be in charge of an extremely complex organisation with multiple demands on it's huge range of services that actually effects peoples lifes. They do this in a highly political environment against a background of substantial cuts to a multi million pound budget.

Who do you want to run our local authorities then? Maybe a minimum wage graduate could do it instead, they would ge cheaper, maybe you'd be happy with that but frankly I don't think what they get is at all excessive when there are plenty of people in our local financial services sector earning much more than John McBride did for example.
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Marty Caine UKIP[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Baysider[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jo__Go[/bold] wrote: Have the taxpayers had to stump up for this party?[/p][/quote]Oh I expect so. We paid for party hats, jelly, ice cream, a karaoke machine and dancing girls too? no doubt all topped off with a wonderful fireworks display. Did you not see it? Seriously, don't worry yourself. The bloke was on £130,000+ a year. I would think that he had enough set aside for a few sausage rolls and some cheap plonk from Lidls.[/p][/quote]Think you will find that was £130,000 a year + Benefits + a nice pension that we will all be paying for even when his replacement takes on the role at £135k + benefits + pension. Not a bad little number if your face fits I suppose. Call me cynical but I would much prefer to see someone who wants to do something positive for the local community doesn't start off by robbing the purse. The only thing more obscene than council CEO salaries is that of Charity CEO's.[/p][/quote]UKIP really should include this issue in their election publicity, of course including those thousands of over paid fat cats also to be found in the EU administration...... ..... Oh, apparently you already have.[/p][/quote]What a load of old cobblers as per usual. Whoever gets the job will be in charge of an extremely complex organisation with multiple demands on it's huge range of services that actually effects peoples lifes. They do this in a highly political environment against a background of substantial cuts to a multi million pound budget. Who do you want to run our local authorities then? Maybe a minimum wage graduate could do it instead, they would ge cheaper, maybe you'd be happy with that but frankly I don't think what they get is at all excessive when there are plenty of people in our local financial services sector earning much more than John McBride did for example. Baysider
  • Score: 3

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