In my authority there was, and still is, a requirement for one of its officials to sit on all headteacher interview panels as a non-voting member. This was a reasonable idea. But the system has become abused and governing bodies are now powerless to appoint a candidate unless they have the LEA representative's backing.
Governors who wish to appoint a candidate not backed by the representative are tol that, if they do, the authority will not be responsible should there be problems. Recently a board who wished to appoint an unbacked candidate had to re-advertise!
The LEA should not be interferring in this manner. Either governors should be left free to interview or the responsibility should be passed wholly to the LEA.
I also find it unbelievable that heads are unable to appoint staff because governors disagree. Heads should be free to run their schools - they are the educational experts, not governing bodies!
Principal, Tianjin Rego international school, 31 Zijin Shan Road,
Hexi district, Tianjin, China