The Independent newspaper says the consultant, Chris Samms, is earning the equivalent of more than £180,000 a year, making him the highest-paid employee in the subsidised-arts sector, earning more than his boss, the ROH executive director; Michael Kaiser, whose salary is believed to be about £120,000 a year.
Samms was hired from a consultancy last year as a stop-gap while the ROH searched for a new finance director.
But, according to the report, it is understood senior figures at the ROH have been haggling over what sort of finance director they want.
It says Kaiser and chairman Sir Colin Southgate disagree on the responsibilities a finance director should have.
Sir Colin, the report explains, is understood to want a heavyweight finance expert with major executive responsibilites; Kaiser is thought to be arguing for a more junior figure so that the can continue to keep firm control over all areas of the ROH.
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