One Ilfracombe Board
How we got there and why
The need to restructure and ‘rewire public services’ to suit the individual and community, and not the agency was identified by the One Ilfracombe partners.
A credible, non-political, business-minded and locally-led body, free from the often paralysing constraints of the public sector, was needed if services were to be delivered more efficiently and effectively. If it was to be truly locally-led, it would need more than a few individuals sitting on the body acting as community representatives.
The formation of two separate but interlinked sustainable and credible bodies was therefore agreed:
- A body that would represent the community (Ilfracombe Town Council has taken on this role)
- A body that would co-ordinate public services and other activities in the town
A not-for-profit company limited by guarantee was formed with the following organisations as members:
Ilfracombe Town Council
Devon County Council
North Devon Council
Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service
North Devon Homes
North Devon Healthcare Trust
The council and partner agencies nominated their own Board Directors.
The independent Director positions were advertised for 2 weeks in the North Devon Journal, on the Town Council’ s Facebook page, in the Ilfracombe Centre window, and distributed to community groups within the town.
The interview panel was appointed by the Steering Group and made up of representatives from
Ilfracombe Town Council, Devon County Council and Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue.