A selection panel of 6 has been appointed by the governing body. The panel has met to shortlist candidates for interview. One member of the panel is now unavailable on the day of the interviews. Can the governing body appoint another member to the panel?
Care should be taken to select appropriate governors for the panel who will be able to give the time necessary to attend all stages of the appointment process. It is good practice for all members of the selection panel to attend all stages of the appointment process i.e. both short-listing and interview. Once the selection panel has started the selection process, it is advisable that members should not be substituted.
Selection panel members must declare an interest if they have or have had a connection to an applicant that may result in a later challenge to their impartiality. If there is a disagreement about whether a person is required to withdraw, it is for the other members of all the governing body or the selection panel to make the decision.