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9.47am - Former GCHQ boss joins county council

By This is Gloucestershire  |  Posted: October 07, 2008

Sir David Pepper

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SIR DAVID Pepper, former Director of GCHQ, has joined Gloucestershire County Council as a non-executive director.

Sir David has agreed to work with the authority, to develop this new role, initially until next April.

Sir David will work with the council's officer management team to offer a fresh look at plans and performance.

Peter Bungard, Gloucestershire County Council's Chief Executive said: "We are already a top performing four star council.

"Our challenge now is to continue to improve with even more pressure on services and budgets.

"I am keen to look at better ways of doing our job.

"Sir David's experience of transforming GCHQ and his knowledge of Gloucestershire make him an ideal choice of non-executive director."

Sir David Pepper added: "I have lived in Gloucestershire for more than 35 years. It's a wonderful county and I want to see it prosper into the future.

"I am excited by this appointment and looking forward to working with Pete and his team.

"I hope I can use some of the lessons I learned at GCHQ to help them and the county deal with the challenges we face."

Sir David will be spending approximately two days per month with the county council.

Non-executive directors are standard practice in the private sector and increasingly common in other parts of the public sector such as health, but the appointment is thought to be a national first in local government.

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    Anon, Cheltenham  |  October 07 2008, 5:05PM

    How much do we have to pay? This was the man who cut the pay of civil servants working at GCHQ! So beware public servants working for GloucestershireCounty Council, this man wants to cut your jobs so that he looks good, there must be a bonus available. Which numbskull in the County Council came up with this brilliant idea to give "Sir David" a job? Pepper has certainly done alright in Gloucestershire, whilst the rest of us are in fuel poverty. This man's pension (and remuneration from the loony county council for half a day a week) shows the complete contempt our county council feels for the majority of local tax payers, unless, of course, they are television/film celebrities or superannuated senior civil servants.

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    Saffy, Cheltenham  |  October 07 2008, 4:46PM

    John - if anybody needs monitoring it's Gloucestershire County Council, along with all the other Councils up and down the country. Good luck to him!!!

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    carig, chelt  |  October 07 2008, 2:49PM

    No mention of what he will actually be doing in this whole 2 days

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    chris, chelt  |  October 07 2008, 2:46PM

    ANOTHER "Newly created Post" at GCC working 2 days every month - probably from home!

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    Darrell, Gloucester  |  October 07 2008, 2:44PM

    How much is getting for this Job then. Another Job given through the Council Gravy train paid by the local taxpayer.

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    Pete, Ledbury  |  October 07 2008, 2:18PM

    Democracy at work in good ole Blighty. Isn't it funny how these people just seem to find work lands in their lap. There's no interview, no debate, no job advert - it just happens, MAGIC! Can I have a well renumerated job at GCC, which I can develop at my own leisure - the bureaucracy of local government continues apace...this maybe a first but it won't be the last.

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    A Burke, Cleeve  |  October 07 2008, 12:59PM

    Perhaps he's doing the part-time job for nothing, just out of the kindness of his heart?

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    John, Gloucester  |  October 07 2008, 11:24AM

    Every call you make, every e-mail you send, every website you visit - I¿ll be watching you. That is the hope of Sir David Pepper who, was the director of GCHQ, the government¿s secret eavesdropping agency in Cheltenham, and he is plotting the biggest surveillance system ever created in Britain. Sounds like Gordon Brown has now planted his spy in the Conservative controlled Gloucestershire County Council. Mmmmm

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    Mr DNA, Glos  |  October 07 2008, 11:01AM

    Sandra, he needs to give the other executive directors best advice on how to get their salary cheques up beyond £200K. Don¿t worry about it. Parmijit didn¿t guess what was coming and neither do these executives. Oops what did I call them? Executives!

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    sandra, gloucester  |  October 07 2008, 9:40AM

    What, one whole day a month ?

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