GLRO20-07 Confirmation of appointment of DGLRO

Type of decision: 
GLRO decision
Code: 
GLRO20-07
Date signed: 
23 January 2019
Decision by: 
Mary Harpley, Chief Officer of the GLA

Executive summary

That Alex Conway be appointed a Deputy Greater London Returning Officer and that he shall have the power to discharge all GLRO functions.

Decision

That the Greater London Returning Officer confirms that Alex Conway, Assistant Director, Brexit and European Programmes, act under Section 35(4) of the Representation of the People Act 1983, as deputy to the GLRO with full powers to discharge all GLRO functions in respect of GLA Mayoral and Assembly elections.

Part 1: Non-confidential facts and advice

Introduction and background

The Greater London Returning Officer has the power to appoint a deputy to discharge her functions as returning officer.

Alex Conway was appointed in January 2018 as Deputy GLRO to the former GLRO, Jeff Jacobs: https://www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/glro_20-01_appointment_of_...

The current GLRO, Mary Harpley, now confirms the appointment of Alex Conway as Deputy GLRO.

The Role

The Role is as defined in Decision GLRO 20-01.

Other considerations

Key risks and issues

The appointment of Alex Conway as Deputy GLRO will help reduce risk by providing business continuity capacity in the event of the GLRO's absence.

Impact assessment and consultations

None.

Equalities comments

The appointment was open to all staff at Assistant Director and Head of Unit level. The GLRO is satisfied that the procedure followed in respect of the appointment complied with section 39 of the Equality Act 2010.

The GLRO considers that the selection process had due regard to the need to (a) eliminate discrimination, harassment, and victimisation, (b) advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it, and (c) foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it, in accordance with section 149 of the Equality Act 2010. Relevant protected characteristics under section 149 of the Equality Act are age, disability, gender re-assignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation.

Financial comments

The expenditure of £12,000 for the DGLRO’s additional allowance will be funded by the Elections General budget.


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