Executive's HR boss was once sacked for bullying

A TOP Scottish Executive civil servant suspended over allegations of misconduct was dismissed from a previous job for bullying, it emerged yesterday.

Senior officials at the Executive were not aware when she was given the 80,000-plus post that their human resources head, Susan Beevers, had been sacked from a previous job in 2002 after allegations of intimidation and harassment

A spokeswoman said: "The Executive is aware of this now, but was not necessarily aware of this when she was first appointed."

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Until her suspension, Ms Beevers was in overall charge of personnel matters for 4,500 civil servants. She was also in charge of a multi-million-pound human resources computer program which has sparked controversy. The computer contract is behind time, over-budget and subject to a review which could lead to its cancellation.

Almost two years into the implementation programme, it is understood that it has already cost more than 8 million, the figure the new project was supposed to contribute to efficiency savings.

Ms Beevers, who is in her 50s, was suspended earlier this month pending a separate investigation into allegations of misconduct. She worked from 1999 to 2002 for a Nottingham firm making automotive products.

Two colleagues resigned from the firm claiming harassment and several others testified against her in a report. She was sacked after she walked out of a disciplinary meeting and later lost a claim for unfair dismissal at an Employment Tribunal.