Common Purpose social engineer earns £750 a day

The Irish News has CP grad ex-council chief and fat cat Peter McNaney earning £750 a day.

Common Purpose source:

From the Irish News:

‘THE former chief executive of Belfact City Council has been appointed to the board of NI Water – his third quango seat since he announced he was quitting the local authority last year.

Peter McNaney – who received a six-figure retirement package when he left the council 14 months ago – will be paid £750 a day in his latest role.

He already chairs the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust and sits on the board of Invest NI, for which he is paid £35,000 and £11,750-a-year respectively. Mr McNaney now stands to earn £65,000 a year from quango duties alone.

His appointment comes just a week after the north’s quango commissioner said people should sit on no more than two arm’s length bodies at one time.

SDLP assembly member John Dallat criticised the former council chief’s third quango appointment.

“This runs contrary to everything the retiring Commissioner for Public Appointments and his predecessor advocated and believed in,” the East Derry MLA said.

“It’s hypocrisy for the civil service to say they recognise the commissioner’s recommendations and then appear to completely ignore them – no wonder it felt like he was banging his head against a brick wall.”

Mr Dallat said Mr McNaney had already received a “generous golden handshake” from the council and would now earn more than twice the north’s average salary through part-time work alone.

Commissioner for Public Appointments John Keanie retired from his post a year early after becoming frustrated at the long-running failure to boost diversity on quango boards.

“Despite all the supportive talk in principle I don’t see any change in the public appointment process,” he told The Irish News in a stinging valedictory.

Mr Keanie had particular concerns about the failure to address the propensity of white, middle-aged males on the boards of public bodies, as well as people sitting on several quangos at one time.

Last year the commissioner published a report that made 26 recommedations for improving the quango appointment process. It included a call to limit the number of boards any one person can be appointed to.

“For the life of me I can’t see how you could do four public appointments – if they’re of any real substance – and really give them the attention they require,” he said.

“It’s stretching credulity to say there are people around who can give the right commitment to posts.”

A spokesman for the Department of Regional Development, which appointed Mr McNaney to NI Water, said it was in line with the commissioner’s code of practice.

The spokesman said The Irish News article where the commissioner criticised multiple appointments was published before the former council chief was shortlisted.

“In line with the code of practice it is inappropriate to amend the established criteria for selection during a live recruitment competition,” he said. However, in his report on diversity last year Mr Keanie said: “Some restriction on multiple appointments would be seen by many as evidence of the culture change that is sought in public appointments.”



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