New Covered Market manager a ‘unanimous choice

Shoppers at the covered market

Shoppers at the covered market

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A MANAGER has been selected to help Oxford City Council run the Covered Market.

Elaine Phipp has been offered the position and was the “unanimous choice” of the council’s interview panel.

She will liaise between city council officers and the traders and draw up an action plan for improving the historic market.

Ms Phipp, who has previously worked for Whittard of Chelsea, Newby, Homebase and Wedgewood, will also lead the market’s management.

City councillor Colin Cook, the executive board member for city development, said: “She was the unanimous choice of the interview panel which included councillors (James) Campbell and (Mark) Lygo, as well as union and trader representatives.

“She will liaise closely with the traders to implement the adopted Covered Market strategy which has been endorsed by the council and traders. Elaine will be expected to provide marketing and retail support across both the Covered Market and Gloucester Green markets.”

The decision to appoint a market manager was made after a review carried out by independent consultants criticised a number of aspects of how the Covered Market, which dates back to 1774, is run.

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9:00am Tue 15 Apr 14

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

Yet another Oxford City Council non job, no doubt complete with a huge salary.
Yet another Oxford City Council non job, no doubt complete with a huge salary. Sandy Wimpole-Smythe
  • Score: 4

9:29am Tue 15 Apr 14

HomerSimpsonDoh says...

No wonder they wanted to put the rents up so high, so pay for her wages in a part time job.
No wonder they wanted to put the rents up so high, so pay for her wages in a part time job. HomerSimpsonDoh
  • Score: 2

9:35am Tue 15 Apr 14

angelox99 says...

I bet this appointment was fixed! they usually are at the council. When they advertise a vacant post, you know very well that the post has already been allocated to someone.

I wonder who she was screwing to get this job!
I bet this appointment was fixed! they usually are at the council. When they advertise a vacant post, you know very well that the post has already been allocated to someone. I wonder who she was screwing to get this job! angelox99
  • Score: -1

10:36am Tue 15 Apr 14

mytaxes says...

I think it was advertised at £55k+ but may be wrong. Not surprising that this lot refused to give us a council tax freeze this year. Time to vote them out, however I note my councilor has been knocking on doors for the last two months canvassing votes.
I think it was advertised at £55k+ but may be wrong. Not surprising that this lot refused to give us a council tax freeze this year. Time to vote them out, however I note my councilor has been knocking on doors for the last two months canvassing votes. mytaxes
  • Score: 0

2:29pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Myron Blatz says...

Surely this role could have been more effectively and efficiently incorporated into the Job Description of City Council CEO Peter Sloman, to at least give some credibility to his £140,000+ per annum basic salary? It would also mean a saving of his office space as a cost centre, since he'd be able to use the little office in the Covered Market.
Surely this role could have been more effectively and efficiently incorporated into the Job Description of City Council CEO Peter Sloman, to at least give some credibility to his £140,000+ per annum basic salary? It would also mean a saving of his office space as a cost centre, since he'd be able to use the little office in the Covered Market. Myron Blatz
  • Score: 3

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