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Appointment of Professor Ashok Handa (FOI)

Appointment of Professor Ashok Handa (FOI)

Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by Government of Jersey and published on 17 September 2020.
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My question concerns the appointment of Prof Ashok Handa as clinical lead for the 'Our Hospital' project. A media article at the time of his appointment states that "Public sector recruitment specialists, Gatenby Sanderson, conducted the search process during which eight candidates were identified. They were taken through a technical assessment by an independent assessor, and two were taken forward to interview by a panel led by the Clinical Director for Health and Community Services, John McInerney, in line with the Jersey Appointments Commission process for interim recruitment."
Can you please tell me:-
Where did these specialists advertise the position, when and for how long?
Who was the independent assessor? - Name, Position & employer please.
When was the position advertiser on the Channel Island Portal, in accordance with SOJ policy?
Was the job advertised anywhere else locally?
Who were the other members of the interview panel with John McInerney? Names, positions and employers please.


The position was advertised on the Gatenby Sanderson recruitment website and via Linkedin on the 26 June 2019. All interim appointments are predominately search led meaning that the recruitment consultant will search through various on and off-island databases to identify suitably qualified candidates. The search lasted for a period of two weeks.
Kim Hodgson was the assessor for this assignment. She is an ex NHS Chief Executive.

Kim Hodgson undertook the role of Technical Assessor and was on the interview panel as an independent member for this assignment. No conflicts or concern were identified in the fair and open recruitment into this role. 
The Government of Jersey has a framework in place for appointing executive search agencies for either permanent or interim hires. As this framework is in place there was no requirement for the position to be advertised on the Channel Island Portal.
Please see the response to question A.
The information requested is accessible within a previous Freedom of Information response, available eat the following link:
Interview panels for senior staff (FOI)

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