RE: Annual appraisals for scrutiny staff - what are your personal targets?
A lot depends on the style of appraisals in your own authority, obviously.
Here, we would tend to focus on fewer targets / objectives (probably 3 or 4 maximum) and focus on things that need particular work or which need to be done differently this year. So, for example, something around responding to legislative change would go in, because it's new and needs a specific piece of work doing on it. Similarly, if we felt there was a problem with public engagement, that could go in as something to improve next year. Some of the others in your list, like the "ensure succesful management of scrutiny work programme" type objectives would be much less likely to go in my list of targets, I think, on the basis that it is our job to do that all the time anyway, so it would inappropriate to make it a specific objective for this year. Unless, of course, in the general discussion about how everything has gone it becomes clear that it was a right mess last year that needs sorting.
But, as I say, I think this is probably a question of house style, and I don't really see any objection to any of the objectives you've been given, if objective setting in your authority takes the form of a general overall review of your work, rather than a more "exception" based system that we have here.
If anyone gets "Holding the executive to account" as a target in their appraisal, you should of course object immediately, given that it's members job to do that, and our job simply to create the conditions to facilitate it.