Veronica Wadley

MQT on 2012-09-19
Session date: 
September 19, 2012
Question By: 
John Biggs
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How many hours, weekly, will Veronica Wadley be working as your advisor for 'Team London, Volunteering, Charities and Sponsorship?' Will she be continuing as Chair of the Arts Council in London?


Answer for Veronica Wadley

Answer for Veronica Wadley

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Response received 25/09/12.

The response below sets out response to all your questions on this subject, namely questions 2560 and questions 2803 to 2811.

The role of Mayoral Advisor, Team London, Volunteering, Charities & Sponsorship will be to lead on the construction, development and delivery of the policy and strategy to meet the Mayor's priorities in relation to volunteering and take forward the volunteering legacy from the games. The role will also act as the mayoral lead on sponsorship. A copy of the JD is attached. The personal qualities, skills and experience required for the role are outlined in the person specification. The decision to recruit to the post was taken in July 2012

The term of appointment for the previous Mayoral Advisor working on volunteering came to an end at the election. She was not re-appointed to a role. The role of the Mayoral Advisor for Team London, Volunteering, Charities and Sponsorship is not the same role as was previously held and has a broader remit and focus not only on Team London but also covers sponsorship and charities.

The appointment to the post was made under section 67 (1) (b) of the GLA Act 1999 and is required to be made on merit. Veronica Wadley was interviewed to determine her suitability for the role. She was the only candidate interviewed. I chaired the interview panel. Sir Edward Lister, the Mayor's Chief of Staff and the GLA's Head of Paid Service were present. The selection process was in line with the protocol on Mayoral Appointments.

The interview determined that Veronica Wadley had the skills and experience to undertake the role. She has significant experience in the voluntary sector and has worked extensively with a number of charities supporting young people. She is Trustee of The Mayor of London's Fund for Young Musicians and Northern Ballet. She is an advisor to the Greenhouse Schools Project, a London based charity which provides sport and performing arts programmes for teenagers from disadvantaged backgrounds and is a Governor of the Yehudi Menuhin School. Veronica also has significant experience and expertise in fundraising.

Veronica Wadley has been employed to work part-time, working in City Hall at least three days a week. She has advised that she will work the hours required to undertake the role. She will also continue as Chair of the Arts Council, London.

Veronica has requested that she not be paid any salary for the first year at least. All other elements of her contract of employment are the same as other section 67 (1) (a) and (b) contracts of employment.

At present there are no members of staff directly reporting to the Advisor. She will, as with other Mayoral Advisors, give policy direction to GLA staff working in her areas of interest