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Ex-Liverpool finance boss suspended from top job

Phil Halsall investigated over tender process in Lancashire

Published on August 6th 2013.

Ex-Liverpool finance boss suspended from top job

PHIL Halsall, Liverpool city's former finance director, has been suspended from his chief executive role at Lancashire County Council pending the outcome of a disciplinary investigation. 

It follows an independent review of the tender process for a contract to run the council's fleet services. 

The county council's Urgency Committee decided to suspend Halsall, who has been in the top role at the local authority since 2010, in a meeting at County Hall in Preston. 

Jo Turton, the council's executive director for environment, has been appointed interim chief executive.


Mr Halsall, 55, was chief executive at South Ribble Council before leaving to become executive director of resources in 2000 at Liverpool City Council. 

Phil HalsallPhil HalsallHe was appointed by the then chief executive, David Henshaw, as part of a top tier of management who were known as the “cabal” to critics. 

As finance director he left Liverpool in 2008 with a £500,000 golden handshake as the last survivor of the regime. 

He joined Lancashire County Council in 2009 and was promoted to the job of chief executive a year later with with a controversial £65,000 pay rise, taking his salary to £195,000. He replaced Ged Fitzgerald who left to become chief executive of Liverpool City Council.

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14 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousAugust 6th 2013.

The evil cabal's merry-go-round still turning.

Helena HandcartAugust 6th 2013.

How can one have a Chief Executive called "Ged"?

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Fairy NuffAugust 6th 2013.

Wrong vowel it should have been "o"

SaladDazeAugust 7th 2013.


AnonymousAugust 7th 2013.


AnonymousAugust 6th 2013.

The evil has transferred to Lancashire !!! BT One Connect - corrupt to the core !

Paul WardAugust 7th 2013.

This'll please the frackers - they can just look down the holes in the accounts.

SaladDazeAugust 7th 2013.

PS What's in that box? Looks like a pile of old cardboard. Is this some kind of young person's simile or metaphor? As in "I was, like, old cardboard. OMG."

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John BradleyAugust 7th 2013.

Looks like these www.britishmuseum.org/…/collection_object_details.aspx…

AnonymousAugust 7th 2013.

You have way too much time on your hands

Nuff saidAugust 7th 2013.

They look like brown envelopes.

jbugsAugust 8th 2013.

oh dear. Huge payoff from Liverpool for being crap. Dr David (exec of Liverpool CC/ LDL/one connect BT) sets him up with lancs (so i heard). Lancs get BT in to run one connect and now BT win the contract. Hellloooooooooooo. Cuts everywhere except for the boys in the know eh. nice little bonus winging ur way Mr Halsall or another nice big pay off for being naughty????

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John BradleyAugust 8th 2013.

"While Liam Fogarty who came second as an independent candidate with 8% of the vote, has been offered and accepted a position on the board of controversial council IT joint venture with BT Liverpool Direct Limited (LDL)." nothing heard since he took LDLs shilling.

AnonymousAugust 8th 2013.

A very fair point

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