What on earth does a "Head of Insight" do.
According to the Job Description he does the following ( my comments in red ) :-
- Lead and further develop the strategic Insight Team to create a ‘hub and spoke’ model to deliver insight for the Council and its partners.( why not just employ management with some insight ? and look at the history of services which have been supplied for many years without needing a Head of Insight )
- Lead a programme of research and analysis to enable effective commissioning of services which deliver the outcomes Barnet residents expect. ( the Council has no intention of supplying expected services; it is only interested in outsourcing everything and hasn't fully considered the cost implications or the lack of flexibility that leads to - just look at the extra costs for items outside of the contract in PFI deals - which are themselves going out of fashion )
- Act as the professional lead for the Council and partners as appropriate for research, intelligence and analysis. ( always provided that you come up with the correct answer )
and for this he gets about £50,000 p.a.
I think that if this post was simply scrapped the work of Barnet Council would continue without any noticeable effect upon service. If the entire EasyCouncil / OneBarnet / FutureShape teams were sent home I think that services would automatically improve as the focus of management would be on day to day tasks.
The incumbent of this post of "Head of Insight" is Sam Markey. This is how he describes himself on Twitter"I'm an unashamed idealist, a walking wikipedia and an urgently optimistic man of faith."
Now that seems a bit arrogant to me and ridiculous. Wikipedia in English contains 3,624,000 articles - older readers will remember Marvo the Memory Man and he didn't work at Barnet Council where people forget to arrange really important contracts ( MetPro anyone ? )
Take a look at his blog.http://www.blogger.com/profile/02975953201560930641
I have a masters degree in American Foreign Policy, a wall full of DVDS, an eye for a photo, a beautiful wife, a drummer's soul and a heart for God. I'm an academic, an unashamed idealist, an ambitious leader and a faithful follower. I'm recklessly hopeful, infectiously passionate and undeterably optimistic. I'm a work in progress, a (mostly) quiet revolutionary, an interdependent soul. I'm a fan of films, photography and fiction, a wordsmith (can you tell?), a drummer, a husband, a son, a brother. I'm still finding my way, but I trust that He will be there at every step.
You can add your own comment at the end of this blog. I am saying nothing.
Sadly, Insight doesn't stop at just one person. 6 people report in to Mr Markey as follows :-
Consultation and Insight Officer - £35-40k
GIS Development Manager - £40-45k
Geographic Data Analyst - £30-35k
Gazetteer Officer - £25-30k
Business Intelligence Officer (x2 - 1.6FTE) - £25-30k
I will come on to some of these posts in the next blog.
Looks like the Head of Insight might have been on as the first vote in the poll is in favour of keeping his post rather than Barnet Museum !!!