We have just interviewed for a new head in a small primary. I am a new chair and it was my first time recruitilng for a Head. I'm confident that I ked the process faily, and to a high standard. We did appoint at the end of the process. My niggle is this: on the afternoon before interview day an email from lea mentioned a senior member of their team would be arriving part way through the day. In trying to unravel it we gained the impression that they were arriving to replace their colleague who had to leave at lunchtime. This turned out not to be so. They settled in to the intreview part of the day, adding to what was already an uncomfortably sized panel. I already had concerns that the panel had 7 people on it: 4 governors (all necessart imo), 1 diocese, 1 educational advisor. By joining in on that day this extra person made a panel of 7! Quite rightly, the candiates were nervous, and one of them in particular could have had a far better selection process had this not been the case. I queried politely twice during the day about the extra person's presence and was told twice it was standard for someone from their team to be present. I am a diplomatic and polite person. I want to find out WHY there were two of them from the lea. And why they advise gov bodies to keep panel's moderate in size and then make it bigger themselves by turning up al ost unannounced!! This is clearly a learning curve for me. I am cross with myself for not seeing the bigger picture on the day and being firmer about their presence there. I'd be grateful for your thoughts/experience. Is it common for two lea to turn up? If not, any thoughts on how/whether I should address it now?