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Deputy Chief Executive

Up to £167,144 p.a.


Manchester is a thriving, modern metropolis renowned globally for culture, leisure and sporting success.The city is respected as a leading economic centre and is the scene of some of the country’s most transformational urban regeneration schemes.


We are one of the fastest-growing cities in Europe and a vital engine of economic growth for the north west and the UK. A city brimming with confidence, we attract international interest and investment, and deliver ambitious programmes for our communities to ensure all our residents can share

in our growth.


This is a new role, highly influential and crucial to the ongoing success of our city. As Deputy Chief Executive, you’ll be passionate about tackling inequalities, narrowing the economic gap, and delivering fairer outcomes for our people. You will use your leadership skills for a wide range of challenges and opportunities and be a‘go to’ leader who removes blockers, inspires innovation, and upholds our corporate values.


You will make a huge impact on the lives of Manchester and Greater Manchester residents, with a focus on service transformation, improvements and efficiencies to lead major regional and national initiatives and partnerships that deliver real outcomes for our growing population.


You will be an adaptive and inspirational leader who keeps a tight grip on performance, while actively listening to members, residents, our workforce and partners to shape the Manchester of tomorrow.You will think like a future Chief Executive – or perhaps you already are one – looking for a new opportunity in a pioneering and visionary city.


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Closing date: Friday 15th of March


For a confidential discussion, contact Penna:

Julie Towers on 07764 791736, Pete John on 07701 305617 or Tom McElroy Williams on 07895 300517.


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Chief Executive



Are you an experienced leader with a passion for reducing inequalities and improving the lives of children and their families?  


HENRY is an innovative, award-winning and ambitious charity delivering life-changing impact for children and families from disadvantaged backgrounds. We are passionate about babies and children having the best start in life.


After 12 years leading the Charity, our Chief Executive will be retiring and we are now seeking a new CEO to drive our mission forward. The ideal candidate will thrive on leading teams, shaping strategy, and delivering impactful services for children and their families. Your experience at senior level in the charity sector, expertise in financial sustainability, people management and governance is crucial, but beyond that, we are looking for a values-driven leader, able to inspire others and is committed to inclusion, equality and excellence.


This is an exciting opportunity for the right person to take HENRY forward into the future and continue to transform lives for the better. If you are ready to make a lasting positive impact, we look forward to hearing from you.


Hours: Full time (37.5 hours per week)


Contract: Permanent


Benefits package:

• £80,000 - £90,000

• 30 days’ annual leave per year plus bank holidays

• Charity Sick Pay

• Access to a pension scheme with a matched employer contribution of up to 6%

• Employee Assistance Programme, giving free and confidential access to a variety of wellbeing support services.


To download a copy of the candidate pack, please click the apply link below.


For further information or a confidential discussion, please contact: Carol Coyle on 07500 887 849 or email: and Nick Raper on 07715 690463 or email:


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Group Manager Financial Services


Nottinghamshire County Council


Salary up to £87,399 (including market supplement)


Play a key role in the delivery of outstanding financial services at an excellent local authority that is committed to equality and inclusion.


In this key strategic role, you’ll deputise for the council’s Service Director for Finance, Infrastructure and Improvement (Section 151 Officer) and will lead all our financial management and strategy teams. We’ll look to you for annual revenue and capital budgets, and the financial statement of accounts. You’ll also perform dynamic financial modelling and create our Medium Term Financial Plan.


You’ll be working alongside Members, senior leaders and partners who’ll be looking to you for guidance. You must therefore be a confident financial advisor with proven technical expertise. Qualified, experienced and a strategic thinker, you’ll relish complex challenges such as major capital projects. In fact, you’ll thrive on the opportunity to approach issues with ambition and creativity. Calm, articulate and resilient, you’ll be an excellent manager who explains complex matters clearly.


With the option to work from home for 1-2 days per week, you’ll enjoy the best of both worlds: an excellent work/life balance as well as being an important member of an established, stable and extremely well financially-managed organisation – and you’ll be playing a critical role in helping to shape its future whilst accelerating your career.


If you’d like an informal and confidential discussion about this role, please contact our retained CIPFA Penna consultants:

Andrew Tromans on 07805 226 301 or Zara Bruton on 07743 980 867 or for further information please click 'Apply' to download a candidate pack.


Closing Date: Midday on Wednesday 20th March 2024


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Newcastle City Council


Assistant Director, Prevention


£95,096 - £100,767 per annum


Newcastle City Council offers you an exciting opportunity to work in a vibrant city with proactive and committed people who have a genuine desire and motivation to support positive outcomes for the residents of Newcastle, striving to achieve the values of being Proud, Fair and Ambitious.


Our Adult Social Care and Prevention Directorate works to drive forward the vision of the City Council through our strategy and objectives. Our aim is to be a Healthy, Caring City, one where people can access the right health and care support when they need it, so they are able to live healthy, fulfilling lives.  All our teams work together to ensure adults in the city are safe, supported, and can live a fulfilling independent life, while preventing, reducing, and delaying need.


This is an exciting time in Newcastle and this role provides real opportunity to make a difference to the people in our City.

You’ll form part of the Directorate Leadership Team, working strategically to inform and lead on development and change to create positive outcomes for the people in Newcastle, whilst delivering in line with budget expectations and ensuring appropriate governance is in place linked to expectations and outcomes.


We’re seeking a visible, innovative and highly motivated leader with experience and dedication in the world of in adult social care.  You’ll be enthusiastic and solutions focussed, with the skills and ability to bring services, colleagues and teams along with you when striving for positive outcomes and change.


For further information about this exciting opportunity please visit: or call our advising consultants at Penna: Nick Raper on 07715 690463 or Carol Coyle on 07500 887849.


(Closing date for applications: Friday 15th March)


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Bracknell Forest Council


Assistant Director of Property


£98,880 - £115,395


Bracknell Forest is an ambitious, resilient, and sustainable organisation. Our property estate boasts a diverse array of industrial, commercial, and community assets inherited from our new town legacy.  These assets serve dual purposes: generating income to fund essential services and delivering societal benefits for the residents of the borough. Within these benefits are the creation of employment spaces, the promotion of vibrant communities, and the provision of leisure, sports, arts, and cultural facilities.


We are looking for an innovative and influential property professional, with a RICS Surveyors Valuer background. A leader who has the capability to deliver our asset management strategy and maximise the value in our property estate. You will work with grant funders to secure resources for our strategic priorities, and partners to maximise our likelihood of success. In addition, you should be comfortable in delivering a construction and maintenance programme, managing our team to commission multi-discipline teams to design and project manage corporate in-house developments. You will also recognise the value of hard and soft FM services to keep buildings safe, securing and meeting the needs of the users.


You must be both corporately impactful, and a supportive people centric manager. Bracknell Forest is a technology led organisation, so you should be comfortable working with our rich digital tools, data sets and constant technology transformation.    


This is a real chance to shape a forward-thinking council’s property strategy. You will have industry knowledge of current best practice in this space and be able to critique our offering with an expert lens. What is most critical for this role is the power of influence and collaboration. We need the right candidate to bring forward challenging conversations to help us to continue to develop our estate, and to create a solid foundation for ‘Ambitious solutions to achieve resilience and sustainability’.


We champion equality, diversity and inclusion here at Bracknell Forest and we know creating innovation for our diverse communities starts from having diverse people at the decision-making table. We need someone who embodies this value in attitude, work style and lived experience. We therefore welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or age.


If this exciting opportunity has piqued your interest, please contact our Resourcing specialists at Penna for a confidential conversation.  


Ali Tasker on 07514 728114

Priyesh Bhadressa 07548 108176 or

Rachael Morris on 07840 711217


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(Closing Date: midnight, Sunday 10th March 2024)


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Shape Tomorrow


London Borough of Lambeth


Corporate Director of Communities, Governance, and Change


Salary Range: £145,000 - £168,000


In the heart of London, Lambeth is at a pivotal point of transformation. Our ambition for a future where community, governance, and change converge is encapsulated in our bold Lambeth 2030 Plan and our innovative One Lambeth approach. We are not just aiming for change; we are setting the blueprint for a future where our borough thrives on equity, justice, and collective endeavour.


As we introduce our new Communities, Governance & Change Directorate, we’re looking for a visionary Corporate Director to lead this charge. This is not just a role; it’s an opportunity to be at the forefront of driving change, fostering a culture of ambition, and embedding our values of equity, inclusion, and collaboration across our services and communities.

Your leadership will be instrumental in ensuring Lambeth becomes a beacon of innovation and excellence, where our commitments to safety, housing, and future-ready neighbourhoods are not just met but exceeded. You will harness the power of One Lambeth, bringing together diverse voices and capabilities to create a borough that is not only fit for the future but is the future.


We are seeking a leader who embodies our values, has a track record of strategic innovation, and possesses the ability to unite a team towards shared goals. If you have the ambition to shape the future of Lambeth and the drive to lead through change, we want to hear from you.


For further information, please contact Nick Raper - 07715 690463 / Tom McElroy Williams on 07895 300517 or or Dawar Hashmi – 07513 706265


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(Closing Date: Sunday 3rd March, midnight)


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Head of Property and Estates

Nottinghamshire County Council

Up to £83,566 (inclusive of Market Supplement)


Nottinghamshire County Council have an innovative corporate landlord model operating effectively and facilitating transformation across our assets. We are looking for an exceptional leader to create and build a lasting legacy within the portfolio of this role.  


Nottinghamshire is a place of legend, famous for its history and unique heritage.  It is a place of ambition, where people are industrious, pioneering and creative.  It is a place where business thrives, creating opportunities and prosperity. Through your inclusive leadership and innovative ideas, we want you to be your own legend and help

make Nottinghamshire an even greater place.


We have a fourfold vision for Nottinghamshire – to make it a great place to raise a family; to build a future; to enjoy later life and to start and grow business. Nottinghamshire is at the heart of the Midlands Engine and is core to the proposed new East Midlands Mayoral County Combined Authority. Nottinghamshire ranks first in the East

Midlands for superfast and fibre broadband coverage and has huge potential with STEP Fusion coming to the County at West Burton and other opportunities around the Freeport and Investment Zone.


We have exciting plans for how we deliver services to Nottinghamshire’s people, and our HQ office move is just the start of that. The plan to move is in 2025, and you will be focused on delivering change as part of this HQ move and we want you to reimagine the use of our presence in the county’s towns, continuing to deliver inclusive access

to our vital services, working collaboratively with other service leads across the council.  


The portfolio for this role is wide ranging and will allow you to bring strategic and operational services together to drive forward the aspirations. The role leads the includes FM/Maintenance, Commissioning, Estates Practice, and the Property Projects teams, united by our Strategic Asset Management Plan. The successful candidate will work

directly to the Director of Green Growth, Investment and Assets using our corporate landlord model to lead on the planning of, and management of our land and property assets and major land and property developments. You will be responsible for driving forward the capital programme and owning the Property Asset Management Plan and

Service Asset Management Planning process.


We are looking for a leader that wants to make a difference, someone that is comfortable holding their own in the diverse dynamics of a Local Authority and with members. We are seeking someone who brings innovation, creativity and leadership values to life, encouraging the team to continue to be their best and bring their whole

selves to work. You will be a Chartered Surveyor with a difference!


For more informations please click 'Apply' to download a candidate pack or contact our recruitment partner, Penna.  


• Rachael Morris, Senior Consultant – 07840 711217 or    

• Zara Bruton, Senior Researcher – 07743 980867 or


Closing Date: 10th March 2024

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We are the future

Head of Inclusion – Salary £85,899 - £105,189


Brent is a vibrant London borough where the iconic arch of Wembley Stadium dominates the skyline. As one of the UK’s most distinctive boroughs, our long and proud history of ethnic and cultural diversity has created a truly unique place that is valued by all those who live, work and visit here.


The post-holder will deliver effective and high-performing services for children and young people with SEND, working with parents and carers and young people to shape and strengthen our support. The post-holder will be responsible for all SEND statutory services and inclusion support services, including the Education Welfare Service.


An ambitious, passionate and inspiring leader experienced in managing inclusion services, you will be adept at identifying and developing talent, driving high standards, value for money and embedding a culture of trust and respect. You’ll empower people within your service to bring new ideas and try new approaches as well inspiring them through your own. You should also be a natural collaborator – someone who can work well with a range of stakeholders, establish productive relationships and see things from different perspectives.


To download a candidate pack, please click Apply now.


For further information or a confidential discussion about the role, please contact our Penna consultants Zara Bruton on 07743980867 or at or Amin Aziz on 07709 514141 or at


Closing date: Thursday 29th of February



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Transport East


Independent Chair  


Contract: Up to 24 days per annum / Salary: Up to £20,000 per annum


This is a unique opportunity to lead the East’s strategic transport partnership to deliver our ambitious strategy for one of the most significant economic regions in the UK; driving investment to support growth and unlock the potential of the region’s businesses, green and blue economies, and international gateways.  A mark of our success will be the increased connectivity, economic prosperity and sustainability of the region’s businesses and communities in towns, cities, and rural and coastal areas.  


You can play a pivotal role in creating new opportunities for each of our 3.5 million people in the East. As our new Chair at Transport East, you will lead in advocating our aspirations to create a thriving green economy through focussed transport investment – uncompromisingly guiding our collective vision on a regional and national stage. Above all, you know the power providing one, united voice can have on making a difference to drive forward this unique organisation for the benefit of our region’s people and businesses.  

You will have a strong affinity with the region - from Cromer to Tilbury and Newmarket to Southendon-Sea- and a strategic outlook. Whether on transport’s role in Net Zero, connectivity, sustainable energy and international trade you will be a compelling champion for the region’s interests. In this ambassadorial role, not only will you help build our reputation and further the case for investment, but you will also be at the heart of fostering collaboration across the East and with Government.


As a confident leader, you’ll have the gravitas to chair our regional meetings convening political, business and community leaders to great effect, ensuring full member involvement and sound decision-making. As the partnership’s external figurehead, you will engage with a wide range of local, regional and national stakeholders to influence policy and investment decisions. You’ll be equally at home in providing strategic leadership to Transport East stakeholders and officers, having a close working relationship with our CEO Andrew Summers, acting as trusted advisor and overseeing the growth and evolution of the organisation over the next three years.


For more information, please click 'Apply now' to download a candidate pack.


For an informal discussion about this exciting role, please contact our colleagues at

Penna - Pete John on 07701 305617 or Zara Bruton via 07743 980867


Closing Date: Midnight Sunday 25th February 2024

Interviews: March – dates to be determined


We welcome and encourage applications from everyone regardless of age, disability, gender, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation. We are particularly keen to encourage applications from women, members of ethnic minority groups, and people with disabilities who are currently under-represented. As part of our commitment to diversity and inclusion, all applications will be considered on their merit.  


To find out more about Transport East visit: www. or find us on Twitter and LinkedIn by searching “Transport East”.

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Bracknell Forest: Where Planning Excellence Meets Innovation


Salary - Up to £98,266


Bracknell Forest takes pride in its outstanding planning achievements, such as the successful regeneration of Bracknell Town Centre, the seamless delivery of crucial infrastructure projects, including an all –through school, and the provision of much-needed housing. As a plan-led Local Planning Authority, we are at the forefront of shaping vibrant communities.


We now have an exciting opportunity to lead our professional planning teams.  As the Assistant Director Planning, you will be the council’s lead on all planning matters and will shape the future direction of the Borough, implementing our soon to be adopted Local Plan. We are looking for a dynamic leader, who wants to progress their career, lead high performing teams and make a real difference to the lives of our residents.


We are looking for a strategic thinker and an adept communicator with a keen eye for service improvement and digital effectiveness and you will be at the forefront of driving innovation in planning, contributing to the continued success of Bracknell Forest.


Joining our team means you will have an opportunity to thrive in a flexible working environment. You will work as part of a friendly and dedicated team, and benefit from continuous training and development opportunities. As a key member of our senior management team, you'll have the chance to make a lasting impact.


Elevate your career with Bracknell Forest - where your expertise meets our commitment to excellence!


For an informal chat about this exciting role, please contact Ali Tasker on 07514 728114 or Rachael Morris on 07840 711217


To download the candidate pack please click Apply now.


Closing Date: 25 February 2024


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Building a Fairer Future


Chief Executive – Wakefield Council


Salary: £185,000


Wakefield is a warm, welcoming and vibrant place, where creativity and inspirational thinking are welcomed. We’re financially responsible, with strong and stable leadership, a major player in the region, and we deliver on our commitments. People are valued and we have a great story to share.


Our senior team is ready for the next chapter. We are looking for a Chief Executive with long-term vision, and the pace and inspiration to make things happen. Someone who can lead and build on our work with communities and partners to deliver our future ambitions for the district, delivering the best possible outcomes for all our people, in all our places.

As our new Chief Executive, you will play a key role in delivering our ambitious priorities, our exciting regeneration plans and our vision in Building a Fairer Future.  We’re looking for an experienced and inspiring leader with energy, vision and excellent stakeholder management and strategic partnering capabilities.  Your leadership and track record of delivery will speak for itself.  If you’re passionate about public service and seeking the opportunity to work with a progressive, ambitious, and successful council, we want to hear from you.


Diversity of experience and lived experience are important to Wakefield, and we are committed to developing a workforce that represents our thriving and diverse communities. We are keen to hear from candidates from local government and beyond.


If you want to build a fairer future with us, please contact our consultants at Penna, Julie Towers on 07764 791736 or Nick Raper on 07715 690463.


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