Subject/Request Details: Questions relating to the applicants for the position of head of the Special Resolution Unit
Date Released: 23 July 2009
(1) The number of applicants, the number that were non-British nationals, and their age, gender and ethnicity.
We were advertising to fill a number of jobs in the Special Resolution Unit and consequently cannot give a number for those interested only in the "head of" job.
(2) The number of applicants who were offered interviews for the position.
Ten people were offered interviews.
(3) The number of applicants who advanced to the final selection in a 'shortlist' for consideration.
There was a shortlist of three.
(4) The number of applicants that were asked to apply either directly or through headhunters.
No-one was asked to apply.
(5) The number of applicants who were employees of the Bank of England at the time of their application.
No-one from the Bank applied.
To explain the last answer: in the end we decided, in the light of our experience operating the Special Resolution Unit and of the field of external candidates available, that it would make sense to continue with the previous arrangement whereby the Chief Cashier ran the Special Resolution Unit, and outside expertise was brought in at the next level down. Andrew Bailey's appointment was confirmed on 30 June.