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£94k severance payment for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority chief executive revealed


By Josh Thomas, Local Democracy Reporter


Martin Whiteley (right) with Mayor James Palmer at the time of his appointment as chief executive of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority
Martin Whiteley (right) with Mayor James Palmer at the time of his appointment as chief executive of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority

The former chief executive of the combined authority was paid £94,500 when he left the job, despite not serving out any notice period, it has been revealed.

In August, it emerged that Martin Whiteley left his post as chief executive of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority. Mr Whiteley left the £182,000 a year post without serving a notice period, leading some to question the circumstances of his departure.

Claims Mr Whiteley had also received a “substantial” severance payment have now been confirmed, with the combined authority saying Mr Whiteley was given £94,500 - about six months’ salary - upon his departure.

There are now “serious questions” to be asked and renewed fears from within the combined authority that Mr Whiteley was “sacked” instead of leaving of his own accord.

In response to an FOI request, Patrick Arran, interim monitoring officer at the combined authority said: “Mr Whitley’s employment ended with his resignation by mutual agreement.

“Whilst the authority maintains an exemption under Section 40 (Personal Information) in relation to the agreement itself, we can confirm that Mr Whiteley was paid the sum of £94,500 which included contractual notice and compensation for loss of office. The payment was subject to deductions for PAYE and NI.

Mr Arran said there were “no so-called parachute payments, and neither was this a redundancy situation”.

Martin Whiteley
Martin Whiteley

Information obtained under FOI also confirms that the salary paid to Mr Whitely was £182,088 at the time his employment came to an end.

“His salary was originally £150,685, but an acting up allowance was agreed on assuming the additional chief executive responsibilities of the LEP in February 2018,” wrote Mr Arran. “Expenses and travel were claimed through the usual processes as and when incurred in accordance with the authority’s processes, but no mileage expenses were payable upon receipt of the acting up allowance. Mr Whiteley was also paid an accommodation allowance of £15,000 per annum.”

Lucy Nethsingha, chairwoman of the combined authority’s overview and scrutiny committee said she was surprised the payment was so high.

“He effectively had a six month pay severance payment,” said Cllr Nethsingha. “That sounds like someone who has been sacked. There are some serious questions that need to be asked.”

Cllr Nethsingha said the committee, which meets on Monday, will discuss the matter. She said that, the more the matter was looked into the more questions arose.

A spokeswoman for the combined authority confirmed the figure for the settlement was correct, but said they could not offer more information on the circumstances of Mr Whiteley’s departure.



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