|The Dame's Hot Line To Pooter|
This time Pooter asks the Dame her thoughts on Leadership succession.
Before you all start jumping up and down with excitement Pooter has not tipped the Dame the wink that he about to jump before being pushed:far from it.With no signs yet of that Lords job he refuses to give up his near £70000 a year sinecure.
Now his company, Abingdon Cockell, has been 'taken over' by very sinister Chinese gentlemen he has nowhere to go.
The loss of important wards and miserable election turnouts reflect the disenchantment of voters with a leadership stale and tainted and well past it's shelf life.
So who could be that Healer? Hot favorites, with the Dame's own incisive observations, are below. Let us start with the rank outsider....
Rock Feilding Mellen
Rock comes with a serious, and possibly unfair health warning: he is known as Pooter's protegee. Pooter is keen that a 'blue blood' should succeed him-why the Dame cannot fathom.
Rock is a pleasant enough young man, but known for arrogance and being a naif. But his gravest defect is lack of gravitas and experience. He will need several years before he has the stature and wisdom to repair the damage that is the "Pooter Legacy". To elect Rock FM would be the height of folly.
The Dame has mixed views on Nick. In so many ways he is a nice chap with a ready smile and a people pleasing nature. However, he tends to get himself into a bit of a muddle over the ' technical stuff'.
As one senior officer hinted to the Dame over a working breakfast....'we have quite a lot of hand holding to do here'. A further problem is that he is rather perceived to be yet another Pooter Poodle-not a great recommendation.
Another 'Pooter Poodle'. He wants the job, no question of that. And he is rich so there is the possibility of an "independent streak" which might be prepared to do the right thing and take a balanced approach to changes that are urgently needed in K&C: for example, the outrageous SRA's and senior officer salaries. But is he tough enough to take a stand and lead his Cabinet? Sadly he has failed time and again to carry Cabinet colleagues turn around of bad recommendations. Most recently he went along with the absurd decision to use council tax for unsecured, low interest loans to the Design Museum (and he is supposed to be a businessman). He also failed to insist on an independent audit of the scandal which is Chelsea Care - another huge waste of tax payers money by deluded councillors.
Tim has many virtues. He excelled himself during the battle to save Sloane Square by coming firmly down on the side of the residents. In character, a charming and emollient man with an ability to lead by concensus he has few enemies-even on theLabour side(we don't need to worry about the Lib Dems-they don't matter). He is also popular with the officers who see him as quite incorruptible. But is he clever enough?
Then there is an interesting outsider-one whose background makes him an excitingly outstanding candidate. He could be pivotal in revitalising a Council which has lost direction.
Read has none of the baggage of the previous 'usual suspects'. Though new to the Council he has a formidable business, financial and academic background. He will have the ability to take a 'helicopter view' of ongoing developments in the tri borough-an ability none of the previous have....
Jonathon has run trading, structuring and product marketing businesses at major financial institutions in London and New York. He started his career at Goldman Sachs, and has worked at other investment banks including Deutsche Bank and Merrill Lynch.
|An Energising Breath Of Fresh Air|
Jonathon has a variety of business interests, including the provision of boutique consulting and advisory services to a variety of global clients.
He is a Fellow at Cambridge Judge Business School, where he teaches courses at the MBA, MFin and MPhil levels. In addition, Jonathon is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School in New York, where he teaches on the MBA and EMBA programmes.
Jonathon holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder.
Not to seriously consider Read would be a grave error of judgment.