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Suffolk County Council

Executive Director of Adult Social Care

£140,000 pa


Now is a great time to join Suffolk.


As our new Executive Director of Adult Social Care and designated DAS, you will lead our high-potential adult social care team, building on strong partnerships and our CQC pilot 'Good' rating to ensure that we continually develop our exciting programme of adult social care and health integration to best respond to the changing population needs in the county.


We’re passionate about improving the future for our residents. If you are too, join us and make a huge and meaningful impact.


For more information on the role please visit or click the link below to download a candidate briefing pack:


Executive Director Adult Social Care - Candidate Briefing Pack


For an informal discussion about this exciting opportunity, please contact our retained partners at Penna:


Andrew Tromans via email  or call 07805 226301.

Carol Coyle via email  or call 07500 887849.


Closing Date: 11th August 2024 (Midnight)



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Chief Executive

East Midlands County Combined Authority

Salary: Competitive


Providing the leadership and vision to develop further the strategic direction for our new organisation you will help make our region more prosperous, sustainable and fairer, and help our people and businesses to create and seize opportunities.


You’ll provide inspirational leadership and vision, as we build our organisation, and help deliver strong, confident inclusive growth to our region. Working together with a wide range of partners, businesses, residents and other stakeholders to deliver on our ambition for future devolution, you will live and breathe our values and put the long-term prosperity of the East Midlands first.


Dedicated to championing a positive workplace culture and with the skills to empower and nurture a new and growing team, you’ll be passionate about system reform and new ways of working. And your strategic and commercial experience means you’ll be ready to lead us on this exciting journey with enthusiasm and confidence.


Please click the link below to download the Job Description

Job Description - Chief Executive


For more information please visit


For a confidential discussion about the role, please contact:


Julie Towers on 07764 791736 or email:

Ali Tasker on 07514 724 114 or email:


Closing date: 25th August 2024 (Midnight)


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Chief Executive


£220k per annum (pay award pending)


Manchester is a thriving, modern metropolis renowned throughout the world for culture, leisure and sporting success, as well as its incredible diversity.


We are one of the fastest-growing cities in Europe and a vital engine of economic growth for the northwest 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.  


As chief executive you will be at the heart of it all – helping to shape the original modern city.


You will have enormous personal impact, acting as an ambassador and champion for the city, and maximising opportunities on a regional, national and international scale for our residents. With your experience and great people skills, you will develop our partnerships, while building trust in the Council with the community, business and beyond. You will also need to be the kind of senior leader who relishes big challenges, with the ability to think beyond traditional boundaries to solve problems.


This is an unrivalled career-defining opportunity for a passionate, collaborative, dedicated and ambitious leader with a strong notion of place and a demonstrable track record in a high-performing council.


To find out more please visit


For a confidential discussion, contact our recruitment partners at Penna:


Ali Tasker on 07514 724114 or

Dawar Hashmi on 07513 706265 or


Closing Date: 2 September 2024

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Assistant Director Resourcing and Operations

£80,521 - £96,364

Location: London


You could impact the whole of Lambeth from here


Together with our partners, local organisations and residents, we’ve created Lambeth 2030. It’s a bold, shared vision for Lambeth with real ambitions that will help us deliver sustainable change. Resourcing and Operations will have a key part to play. From resourcing to  operations, it’s the engine room of HR services to customers, and where you’ll be able to make a measurable difference.


Focused on a great customer experience, you’ll know how to bring values to life in an organisation via HR. As part of the HR and OD management team you will provide leadership and direction for developing and delivering a recruitment service and operations function that truly shines.


This role is at the heart of our workplace transformation — which focuses on getting the basics right, understanding the moments that matter and enabling everyone to perform brilliantly.


Whether you’re collaborating with stakeholders to identify HR priorities, defining business delivery requirements or handling comprehensive financial analyses, you’ll bring every bit of your experience to bear on this wide-ranging role.


You’ll have a good knowledge best practice in customer service operations and recruitment, backed by a keen understanding of how to build buy-in and commitment to change. You’ll be determined to support staff and teams across a wide range of HR services too.  In addition, you will be commercially savvy and understand how employment law impacts on your services.


If we match your energy, values and ambitions, join us as we embark on our most exciting chapter yet and help us write history for the next generation.


To find out more please visit: to have a confidential discussion, please contact our retained Penna Consultants: Priyesh Bhadressa on 07548 108176 or email: or Rachael Morris on 07840 711217 or email:


Closing date for applications: Friday 9th August 2024


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Assistant Director of Equity & Justice

£80,531 - £96,364 p.a.

Location: London


Be part of our mission to become a Borough of Equity and Justice


We’ve set ourselves a bold mission. We want to make Lambeth a Borough of Equity and Justice.


This is a borough of diversity, connectivity, full of excitement and opportunity. We have long been the home to radicals and reformers, entrepreneurs and innovators – people who worked together to help change the lives of others and their own.


Our history has been uniquely shaped by this activism – creating a welcoming borough with social justice at its core. We are the home of the Windrush Generation and have the largest LGBTQ+ community in London. We are a borough of sanctuary, providing safe havens for those who need it most. Over 150 languages are spoken in our diverse borough, with growing Spanish, Portuguese and South American communities. It is this rich combination of difference that makes Lambeth such a special and exciting place to live and work.


We have many strengths to build on but we are committed to going further, driving change for our community and our workforce. Being a borough of equity and justice is the golden thread that runs through our Lambeth 2030 Borough Plan. It’s a bold, shared vision for Lambeth with social and climate justice at its heart.  


Our new Assistant Director for Equity and Justice will lead on tackling racism and discrimination as it manifests across our borough and for our workforce. You’ll be working as part of a new Community Partnerships Unit also dedicated to tackling poverty and working with our thriving community sector to make Lambeth a fairer and more equitable borough.


In short, you’ll lead on developing our delivery approach, drawing together colleagues and partners across the Council and the borough. Working with the Chief Executive, senior leaders, and the Leader and Cabinet, you’ll develop, deliver and implement key programmes that have a tangible impact on changing experiences and outcomes across Lambeth.  You will focus both on the community, working with residents, community groups and partners to develop new ways of closing inequality gaps, and on our workforce, helping to improve diversity, competence and progression for our workforce. Whatever the challenge you will approach it through establishing strong relationships and using the latest research intelligence and insights.


You will have a proven track record of creating change and improving outcomes at scale, developing strategies, using data, working in partnership and across organisational boundaries and developing high-performing delivery-focused teams. Your knowledge and understanding of equity and justice and the issues facing a diverse borough like Lambeth will be second to none. We’ll also be looking for inspirational corporate leadership, a determination to deliver, a collaborative approach that recognises the work that has gone before you and experience of delivering impact in a large, complex organisation.


If you share our energy, values, and ambition, join us as we embark on our most exciting chapter yet and help us write history for the next generation.


To find out more please visit: and to have a confidential discussion, please contact our retained Penna Consultants: Carol Coyle on 07500 887849 or email:, Rachael Morris on 07840 711217 or email:



Closing date for applications: 9th August 2024




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Assistant Director of Corporate Delivery

£80,521 - £96,364 p.a.

Location: London


Be the catalyst for meaningful transformation


Together with our partners, local organisations and residents, we’ve created Lambeth 2030. It’s a bold, shared vision for Lambeth with real ambitions that will help us deliver sustainable change. Now we need an Assistant Director of Corporate Delivery to help us make exciting transformation happen. It’s a whole new role – and if you’re passionate about making big change happen, you’ll thrive on the challenge.


Lambeth 2030 sets out an ambitious programme of change for our Borough; making our neighbourhoods fit for the future, making Lambeth one of the safest Boroughs in London, ensuring Lambeth is a place we can all call home and becoming a Borough of Equity and Justice.  


Lambeth, like all other Local Authorities, faces unprecedented challenges in terms of rising demand for its services,  more complex needs and, significant financial pressure. Delivering our ambition requires changes to the way in which we work –thinking about new ways to address complex, system wide problems- and support to ensure the success of our corporate priorities.


Our new Corporate Delivery Unit is at the heart of the council and will be the key to driving that change – working with services, senior leaders, residents and partners to make tangible progress on these key ambitions. You’ll lead the council’s drive to change, improve and develop its services and culture so that the ambitions, commitments and aspirations set out in the Lambeth 2030 plan can be realised.


You’ll start by bringing our transformation professionals together so they’re ready to make a difference. In effect, you will be the glue, creating a cohesive team that can work on short, medium and long-term programmes. Together, you’ll deliver the Council’s approach to transformation, while retaining a relentless focus on customers and their experience with Lambeth.


To galvanise change across the council, you must be confident and capable in your role. You’ll bring experience in public sector change (consultancy or client side), leading positive outcomes for residents. Your expertise will include in-depth knowledge of project management and delivering service improvements. Underpinning this knowledge will be a professional qualification and strong analytical skills.  


You’ll have experience of leading change in complex organisations or areas of public policy, be collaborative, commercially astute and an experienced leader of teams and programmes.  


If we match your energy, values and ambitions, join us as we embark on our most exciting chapter yet and help us write history for the next generation.


To find out more please visit: and to have a confidential discussion, please contact our retained Penna Consultants: Carol Coyle on 07500 887849  or email:, Rachael Morris on 07840 711217 or email: or Julie Towers on 07764 791736 or email:


Closing date for applications: Friday 9th August 2024


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As Chief Executive you’ll share our values and bring leadership success that has changed minds, cultures, places, and outcomes whilst delivering financial sustainability.


You’ll be excited by our ambitious political priorities, our strong partnership foundations, our reputation, and the opportunities we have created, and be ready to create even more. You’ll be ready to galvanise a global City for the benefit of local communities and be ambitious to improve inequalities and deliver inclusive growth.


To find out more about Team Leeds go to


For a confidential discussion contact our retained consultants:

Julie Towers 07764 719736; Amin Aziz 07709 514141 or Zara Bruton 07743 980867


Closing date: Friday 6th September 2024


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Director of Public Health

£132,793 to £148,243

Cambridgeshire County Council


Our county is rooted in history, academia, commerce and agriculture – from Cambridge’s world class university to our thriving market towns, and from the beauty of Ely Cathedral to the rich farmland of the fens, its vibrant  and diverse people are ambitious, innovative and entrepreneurial.


Our vision is to create a greener, fairer and more caring Cambridgeshire and we need inspiring, collaborative, compassionate and inclusive senior leaders to be part of the leadership team to drive forward this vision and make it a reality. We’ve been working hard on our organisational shape to reflect our priorities and ambitions, and this has resulted in this newly configured role, which will have a direct and positive impact on the lives of our residents and the future direction of our county.


Despite our relative prosperity we still face a number of common challenges and you’ll be leading the development of the Public Health team across Cambridgeshire, embedding their work in the council and tackling the health and well-being of our residents, addressing health inequalities across the county, and safeguarding local communities from health threats such as infectious diseases and environmental hazards.


We’re seeking an inspirational leader who can develop and implement a comprehensive public health strategy, focusing on the wider determinants of health, along with innovative, evidence-based initiatives to address the key public health challenges we face. You’ll be included in the GMC Specialist Register/GDC Specialist List or UK Voluntary Register for Public Health Specialists and be able to demonstrate a high level of expertise in the Faculty of Public Health Competencies. You’ll be a highly effective and visible leader, with the personal vision and presence to inspire and empower colleagues within the council, the wider system and our communities to achieve the best possible health outcomes.


You’ll have a unique opportunity to be bold, creative and challenge traditional thinking, whilst helping us to make a real impact. For further information about this exciting opportunity please call our advising consultants at Penna: Nick Raper on 07715 690463 or Priyesh Bhadressa on 07548 108176.


For more information and to apply visit:


Closing date: Midnight, Friday 26th July 2024

Final Panel/AAC: w/c 12th August 2024

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Assistant Director for Finance (Deputy S151)

Tameside MBC, Ashton-under-Lyne (hybrid-working)

Salary £Competitive


About Us

Now is a great time to look at joining Tameside.

Nestled between Manchester City Centre and the Peak District, we are driving regeneration across our borough.

We are now seeking a finance professional to lead our financial management teams and continue driving value for money for our residents and businesses, and to build on the improvements and transformation that have been delivered and achieved over the last 2 years.

Your innovation and drive will help us to continue improving and evolving; and our opportunities and support will enable you to make a difference and leave a positive, lasting legacy.  


The Role

Reporting to the Director of Resources, you will be responsible for leading the development and implementation of the Council’s financial strategy, fundamentally ensuring sustainability over the medium term.

You’ll be tasked with ensuring high quality financial management, administration and stewardship throughout the Council.


This will entail:

• Deputising for the S151

• Delivering a balanced MTFS, and reviewing services to identify where savings can be delivered over the next 5 years

• Implementing a SaaS ledger system

• Leveraging the Council’s investment in training and development to develop a high-performing team

And in addition, you will lead our Procurement services, where there is an opportunity to review our £¼bn pa spend on services.


About You

This exciting role calls for a local government finance professional (CIPFA, CCAB or CIMA) who is ready for the next challenge in their career, or an experienced finance leader who is seeking their first role in local government.

If you think you have what it takes to be successful in this role, even if you don’t meet all the requirements, please contact our consultants and/or apply. We would appreciate the opportunity to discuss your candidacy and consider your application.


Travel and workplace requirements

This role includes hybrid working, with an average requirement of two days in the office per week.


For more information and to apply

For more information about this opportunity, please click the link below to down the Candidate Brief Pack:


Candidate Briefing Pack


For a confidential discussion about your suitability, please get in touch with our retained partners at Penna:

• Andrew Tromans – email or call 07805 226301

• Priyesh Bhadressa – email or call 07548 108176


Closing date: 28th July 2024




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Gateshead Council

Proud. Passionate. Ambitious.


Strategic Director – Integrated Adults and Social Care Services


Salary: £115,309 to £130,954


Following the appointment of Dale Owens as our new Chief Executive we now have an exciting opportunity to become our Strategic Lead for adult social care delivery and all age strategic social care commissioning.  As a member of our corporate management team, you’ll also make a key contribution to the overall leadership, delivery, and strategic resource management of the Council.


We’re absolutely committed to making Gateshead a place where everyone thrives and you’ll be joining an organisation who strongly believe that the strength of Gateshead is the people of Gateshead. When faced with adversity, we come together and deliver for one another, working tirelessly for the benefit of our communities. We have a relentless focus on eliminating inequalities and inequity across the borough. We value our employees, respect their skills and knowledge, and strive to create a friendly and supportive environment for colleagues at all levels.  


You’ll be joining at us at an interesting and challenging time as we aim to deliver transformational positive changes for the benefit of the Borough and residents, within our medium-term financial strategy and a growing demand for services. You’ll lead on the effective management of a budget of over £130 million per annum and inspire a workforce of circa 700 skilled individuals. As a creative and transformational leader, you’ll spearhead initiatives that not only enhance service delivery for our residents, but also ensure financial sustainability.


Working closely with our councillors and leadership colleagues, as a highly credible and skilled practitioner, you’ll have considerable experience of delivering in the adult care or integrated health and care environment. With demonstrable continuing professional development, you’ll bring a strong understanding of the national policy context for adult social care, health and care system dynamics, service reform, and transformational change.


This is a truly exceptional opportunity to shape our future and yours. For a confidential discussion with a Penna consultant please contact Nick Raper: 07715 690 463, or Julie Towers 07764 791736 or Carol Coyle: 07500 887 849. For further information about the role please visit:


Strategic Director - Integrated Adults & Social Care Services


Senior Management Recruitment - Gateshead Council


Closing Date: Midnight, Sunday 21st July


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Cheshire East Council


Executive Director, Place


Salary up to £145,193 p.a.


We have a new Chief Executive, an amazing heritage, high levels of ambition and a forward-looking approach to make our borough and communities thrive in a place where people love to live and work. We’ve embraced our new committee-based governance arrangements becoming more transparent and collaborative, able to spotlight our areas of both challenge and growth.


We have a clear vision for sustained economic growth, hosting some of the largest UK finance and advanced manufacturing businesses in the country. We are ready to revolutionise the design and delivery of a new spatial framework, embed our distributed leadership model and drive an ambitious

borough growth agenda.


As our new Executive Director of Place, you will lead our partnership approach and sustainable growth to deliver a transformative approach to our Place strategies.


Please download the candidate pack below for more information

Candidate Pack


For an informal discussion about this role, please contact our consultants at Penna:


Pete John on 07701 305617 or Julie Towers on 07764 791736.


Closing Date: 19th July 2024


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Director of Climate Resilience and Green Growth

East Midlands County Combined Authority

Competitive Salary


The East Midlands has a rich history and a diverse present. Ambition and culture put us at the heart of the first industrial revolution and it will put us at the centre of the next as we lead the transformation of our region.


With a newly Elected Mayor dedicated to speaking up for our region, our goal is to attract new investment and help our communities thrive. We’ll have access to more than £4 billion in funding over the next 30 years. Our shared ambition for our place and the people we serve has united us and will continue to be the driving force behind all we do as we develop and grow.


We are unique – the first combined county authority in the country – and we have brought a fresh approach to the role and purpose of a combined authority. Inclusive growth is at the heart of what we will do – everyone will benefit from our work.


Climate resilience sits at the heart of this agenda, with complementary objectives for decarbonisation, energy adaptation, zero carbon energy creation and nature recovery. Fundamentally, we see the region’s economic future located in green growth. As the lead for this agenda, this Director will be pivotal to EMCCA’s success.


We have ambitious plans to decarbonise the region, working with partners to retrofit existing infrastructure, as well as developing relationships with organisations involved in innovative carbon capture initiatives. With renewables and nuclear energy due to dominate the growth of global electricity supply over the next three years, we see energy industries as a unique opportunity for the region, both within the UK and globally. The founding story of the EMCCA area is one of power generation. Now, in the race to develop new methods of energy production, we have a firm platform in both nuclear and hydrogen. And in STEP we have the potential to develop world-leading fusion technology. The East Midlands already accounts for more than 6 per cent of the UK’s total nuclear workforce.


This is a challenging and high-profile role, requiring a broad and strong skill set. While experience of the development and management of largescale environmental programmes is important, this is a not primarily a delivery role. The Director will provide the strategic leadership for the whole environment and green growth agenda, but more than that, will work across the senior leadership group to ensure that our housing, transport, and skills agendas are completely aligned with and underpin our ambitions for a thriving net zero region. We need to attract low carbon jobs, investment, and innovation to the region. Our substantial transport investment funds should not only improve connectivity but do so in a way that enhances the region’s sustainability. Equally, our housing investments should require high environmental standards.

You will drive the strategic agenda on inclusive growth strategy, development and investment across the whole area and create a new team and commissioning approach, and work closely with the Mayor, EMCCA Board and Chief Executive.


Few jobs give you the opportunity to lead and shape a region or the future so clearly. So, if you have a proven track record of success in shaping strategy, convening stakeholders, and mobilising investment in largescale change in the green economy and broader climate resilience and you’re up for the most exciting challenge of your career, get in touch.


Please click the link below to download the Job Description:

Job Description - Director of Climate Resilience & Green Growth


For a confidential discussion, contact: Julie Towers on 07764 791736 or Zara Bruton on 07743 980867 or email:


Closing date: Midnight, Friday 2nd August 2024


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