Council can’t show Elvery got permission for private company

Inside Croydon

Separated at birth - Brent and Elvery

Croydon Council has no record of any correspondence from Nathan Elvery, now its chief executive, to show whether he ever sought or obtained permission to form a private consultancy company when he was already working full-time as the borough’s deputy CEO and finance director.

That’s the conclusion of a five-month-long effort to get the council to answer a Freedom of Information request to establish whether the borough’s David Brent-lookalike complied with the requirements of his employment code of conduct.

Elvery was confirmed as Croydon Council’s CEO in July by Labour’s council leader Tony Newman, after the public servant had been working in the role on an interim basis for more than a year. The borough’s most senior post was filled without any debate or discussion over his appointment at the Town Hall. The borough CEO job was never advertised, and it seems doubtful whether the council’s equalities policy was…

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