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Hertfordshire County Council  

Director of Children’s Services

Competitive Salary


This is a council that serves nearly two million people. This is applying modern approaches to support a highly diverse community. This is a county of diversity and scale, with rural areas and large urban centres. This is a Children’s Services team that is high performing but open to change and innovative thinking. Above all, this is a place where every single child matters.  


This is us. This is Hertfordshire.


With a reputation for delivering high quality services and an appetite for fresh ideas, Hertfordshire County Council is challenging expectations and progressing at pace. We’re now looking for a Director of Children’s Services who’s just as keen to look to the future and serve an amazing, growing and diverse community. A thoughtful, collaborative leader, you’ll be child centred and bring well tested and authentic practitioner skills.


As well as leading the Children’s services function you will play a key part in the leadership of the organisation. Corporate thinking will be in your DNA and you’ll be skilled at working in a political environment, operating with a range of stakeholders including elected members, the care provider market and their representative bodies.  Working across boundaries you’ll also play a lead role in the joint work we undertake with the ICS and NHS.


Leading a diverse and talented team, you’ll think strategically to ensure children, young people and families get the best from us. And building on existing achievements and progress, you’ll have the support to approach challenges in new ways and take brave decisions. Whether you’re addressing the growing need for SEND provision or bringing partners together to create seamless, high quality care, you’ll see every child as an individual, but keep a focus on the big picture.  


This is a very special role, and one that operates at scale; but the key attributes needed are your compassion, authentic leadership and ability to inspire a professional and diverse team.


If you’re ready to take your career and Hertfordshire further, for a confidential discussion please contact our retained consultants at Penna, Maggie Hennessy on 07877 004648 or email: or Carol Coyle on 07500 887849 or email:


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Closing Date for Applications: 24th May 2021


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Director of the MRC Biostatistics Unit and Professor of Biostatistics

Salary range (grade 12) £72,689 to £109,865 per annum plus an MRC Directors Allowance.


The School of Clinical Medicine invites applications for the Director of the MRC Biostatistics Unit. The post holder will hold a Professorship of Biostatistics in the Department of Public Health and Primary Care. The Professorship will be co-terminous with the MRC Unit Director appointment.


This is an exciting opportunity for an individual whose work falls within the general field of the Professorship. The intention is that the successful candidate takes up the appointment from 1 January 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.


Candidates will have an international track record in Biostatistics in its broadest sense, and show evidence of the leadership skills and scientific vision necessary to lead the Unit. They will have a breadth of understanding across the spectrum of methodological statistical research as well as translational research and its interface with the health sciences, and the ability to facilitate impact beyond their own immediate area of expertise. They will also have the ability to forge and foster effective partnerships at an institutional, national and international level.


Standard professorial duties include teaching and research, examining, supervision, administration. The post will be based at the MRC Biostatistics Unit, University of Cambridge, Public Health Building, Forvie Site, Cambridge.


Candidates will be considered for the post on the basis of selection criteria outlined below, which they are asked to address in their application.


-An outstanding research record of international stature, vision and inspiring leadership in Biostatistics in its broad sense, including its place within the data science ecosystem.


-Track record of driving innovation in the use of biostatistics and methodological developments in data science, and an ability to apply this at local, regional, national and international levels.


-The ability to provide leadership, motivation and strategic direction for the scientific programmes of the Unit (including the Director's own research programme).


-The ability to build on current strengths of cutting-edge research within the Unit and develop new scientific direction as required to optimally position it for partnership and collaborative approaches that support its mission and the wider sector


-A vision to integrate the Unit with the wider UK and international effort and to embrace the opportunities of working in partnership with current or new large investments, both within and beyond the MRC portfolio.


-Proven track record of managing and interacting effectively with staff and students at all levels.


-An enthusiastic commitment to the recruitment, training and mentoring of the next generation of researchers, including undergraduates, research students, and postdoctoral research fellows.


-Evidence of the ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with key stakeholders locally, nationally and internationally across a range of disciplines and industries.


-Experience in public communication of science and maintaining media relations.


The MRC Biostatistics Unit is one of Europe's leading biostatistics research institutions. Our focus is to deliver new analytical and computational strategies based on sound statistical principles for the challenging tasks facing biomedicine and public health.


The Unit's research is grouped around four themes: (i) Statistical Omics (SOMX), (ii) Precision Medicine and Inference for Complex Outcomes (PREM), (iii) Design and Analysis of Randomised Trials (DART), and (iv) Statistical methods Using data Resources to improve Population Health (SURPH). Full details of the themes can be found at


The Unit is situated on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, one of the world's most vibrant centres of biomedical research, which includes the University of Cambridge's Clinical School, two major hospitals, the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, and the world headquarters of Astra Zeneca.


The Unit is actively seeking to increase diversity among its staff, including promoting an equitable representation of men and women. The Unit therefore especially encourages applications from women, from minority ethnic groups and from those with non-standard career paths. Appointment will be made on merit.


Salary range (grade 12) £72,689 to £109,865 per annum plus an MRC Directors Allowance.


For this senior position, there are a range of benefits available including a relocation package.


For an informal conversation in confidence please contact our recruitment partner at Penna Enterprise, Roger Russell on 44 (0)7710 701 570 or To download the Further Particlulars - Director of the MRC Biostatistics document, please click apply button.


Applications, consisting of a letter of application, a statement of current and future research plans, a curriculum vitae and a publications list, along with details of three referees should be made by click the apply link.


Please quote reference SL26479 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.


The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.


The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.



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Developing our model for a stronger future

Assistant Director Adult Social Care

£ Competitive


Shropshire Council has become accustomed to using words such as original and surprising when describing our ambitious agenda for the county, its services and the outcomes for our residents.  The Assistant Director role is a key appointment to the Shropshire health and Social Care system that are helping us to achieve our vision and to drive the organisation forward.


We need someone with the drive, creativity, passion and ambition to ensure that we have the right plans, resources and processes in place to deliver them. If you are ‘can do’ and have an outcome focused approach carry on reading.


We are looking for a strategic-thinking, corporate player who can create energy around the wider people agenda, and draw upon a strong track record of achievement, as well as working with and influencing the partners we have across a wide variety of sectors and to bring our communities with us on the journey and to ensure that our collective vision for improved outcomes is realised.


In this critical role, you will be responsible for the operational delivery of ASC, you will deliver a re-write of the Adult Social Care Strategy focusing on our strengths-based approach and to be central to our work with communities in effective co-design and co-production.


If you would like a confidential discussion with a Penna consultant, please contact either:

David Slatter on 07500 828610 or via or Rob Naylor 07922 417550 or via  


Closing Date for Applications: 21st May 2021 at 9.00am


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Head of Regeneration and Corporate Programmes




It’s an exciting time to join Guildford Borough Council. We have big plans for the future and, after the challenging times we’ve all faced over the past year, we’re looking ahead to a better, brighter future.


Sitting at the heart of that is our aspirational Town Centre Regeneration Strategy. The strategy is a long-term look at how we can deliver significant, integrated and meaningful improvements across our area’s public spaces, homes, transport, roads, shopping and leisure – all balanced with protecting Guildford's unique character.


Join us as our Head of Regeneration and Corporate Programmes, and you’ll help to bring that strategy to life. You’ll not only shape who we are today, you’ll also help to determine who we are tomorrow.


Your remit will include everything from leading a Corporate Projects & Programmes team through to driving through key physical regeneration projects including housing, infrastructure public realm and town centre projects. Across everything you do, you’ll work to ensure we deliver to the highest standards of quality, efficiency and governance.


As well as a degree-level education plus a relevant professional qualification – or the equivalent level of experience, you’ll bring a track record of excellence within project and programme management. We’ll specifically want to see an extensive understanding and appreciation of physical, cultural and social regeneration and external funding.


As well as the opportunity to make a significant contribution to our vibrant town, you’ll benefit from an attractive package of staff benefits. These will include local government pension scheme membership, flexible work arrangements, remote working, generous leave, tax savings on childcare costs, training and development, and staff discounts.


To download a copy of the job description or to apply please click the apply button below.


For further information contact Rob Naylor at Penna on 07922 417 550.


Closing date: 9:00am Monday 24th May 2021


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Director - Economy of Place

Salary: Up to £122,000 + benefits, Bristol


Vibrant, successful and diverse, Bristol is bursting with history, culture, innovation and bold ideas, it has so much to offer – and this role offers a great opportunity to build our city’s future. Our vision is to play a leading role in driving a city of hope and aspiration where everyone can share in its success.


Bristol is a welcoming city which is known for being a great place to live and for doing things a little bit differently. We have a ‘can-do’ attitude, try new things and are really proud of what we’ve got. We’re creative, hard-working and have one of the country’s strongest economies. However, Bristol also faces some stark inequalities as we recover from COVID and making ours a more inclusive city is a challenging long-term aim which involves many partners and our communities themselves. In this role you’ll share our commitment to develop people and places to improve outcomes, empower communities and create a fairer, more inclusive Bristol.


In this role you’ll have the chance to define Bristol and drive its renewal and growth. Responsible for Regeneration, Economic Development, Capital Projects, Transport, Libraries and Culture & Heritage, you’ll help us fulfil our One City Plan, working with diverse partners. You’ll take charge of all kinds of exciting regeneration projects and a £900 million capital programme, bringing improvements to schools, transport and cultural and creative industries.


You’ll inspire and manage both strategy and services, leading skilled and dedicated teams. You’ll also be a contact for businesses and investors, nurturing productive, positive links. Your efforts will not only lead to a more prosperous city, but a greener one, as you support the Council’s progress towards UN Sustainable Development goals.


We’re looking for an experienced leader with the energy and vision to shape an amazing Bristol. Commercially sharp and resilient, you’ll be as adept at delivering as you are thinking strategically. You’ll also be open to new ideas, adaptable and in tune with our approach to diversity. And while a background in Regeneration would be an advantage, it’s more important that you’re a natural people person. An effective manager and communicator, you’ll win the trust of stakeholders and teams. Bring your skills to Bristol – and help everyone share in its success.


For further information or confidential discussion, please contact Julie Towers on 07764 791 736 or or Zara Bruton on 07540706547 or


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Closing Date: 9am Monday 17th May 2021






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Chief Executive

Merthyr Tydfil Borough Council



History, Heritage and Ambition


At Merthyr Tydfil we take great pride in what we have achieved for our communities over the past year. We must now continue to strengthen our position as the regional centre for the Heads of the Valleys, through strong partnering, strong resource management and service transformation. Whilst progress has been made in many areas, we also realise that there is still more that can be done for our communities to tackle inequality, improve performance and shape the future.  


This is an exciting opportunity to think innovatively and commercially about how we provide services in the future and how we can enhance the area to create more opportunity and build resilience and prosperity.


As our new Chief Executive, you will possess excellent stakeholder management and strategic partnering capabilities and be politically astute. Your energy, leadership and strong track record of delivery will speak for itself. If you are passionate about delivering for our communities and want the opportunity to work with a progressive and ambitious local authority, we want to hear from you.


For more information about this exciting opportunity please visit For a confidential discussion, please contact Julie Towers on 07764 791 736 or Zara Bruton on 07540 706 547.


Closing date: 7th May 2021


With effect from 1st April 2021 Welsh Language Level 1 is an essential requirement for all new appointments to Corporate roles and you must be able to evidence this prior to starting work with the Authority. In order to satisfy the requirement for Welsh Language Level 1 you will need to complete Parts 1 and 2 of the Online Taster Courses in the Work Welsh section on the website. For further information on how to complete this course please visit:”




Prif Weithredwr          

Cyngor Bwrdeistref Merthyr Tudful



Hanes, Treftadaeth ac Uchelgais


Ym Merthyr Tudful, rydyn ni’n falch iawn o’r hyn a gyflawnwyd ar gyfer ein cymunedau dros y flwyddyn a aeth heibio. Yn awr, mae’n rhaid inni gryfhau ein safle fel y ganolfan ranbarthol ar gyfer Blaenau’r Cymoedd, trwy lunio partneriaethau, rheoli adnoddau a thrawsnewid gwasanaethau mewn modd cadarn. Er bod cynnydd wedi’i wneud mewn sawl maes, rydyn ni hefyd yn sylweddoli bod yna lawer mwy y gellir ei wneud ar gyfer ein cymunedau trwy fynd i’r afael ag anghydraddoldeb, gwella perfformiad a llywio’r dyfodol.


Dyma gyfle cyffrous inni feddwl yn arloesol ac yn fasnachol am ffyrdd o ddarparu gwasanaethau i’r dyfodol, gwella’r ardal i greu mwy o gyfleoedd, a meithrin cydnerthedd a ffyniant.


Fel ein Prif Weithredwr newydd, byddwch yn meddu ar alluoedd rhagorol i reoli rhanddeiliaid a phartneru’n strategol, a byddwch yn wleidyddol graff. Bydd eich egni, eich arweinyddiaeth a’ch llwyddiant blaenorol yn siarad drosto’i hun. Os ydych chi’n angerddol am gyflawni dros ein cymunedau ac eisiau’r cyfle i weithio gydag awdurdod lleol blaengar ac uchelgeisiol, rydyn ni am glywed gennych chi.


Am fwy o wybodaeth ynghylch y cyfle cyffrous hwn, ewch i Am drafodaeth gyfrinachol, cysylltwch â Julie Towers ar 07764 791 736 neu Zara Bruton ar 07540 706 547.


Dyddiad cau: 7 Mai 2021


O 1 Ebrill 2021, mae’r Iaith Gymraeg, Lefel 1 yn ofyniad hanfodol ar gyfer pob swydd Gorfforaethol newydd ac mae’n rhaid i chi allu arddangos tystiolaeth o hyn cyn i chi ddechrau gweithio i’r Awdurdod. Er mwyn bodloni’r gofyniad am Gymraeg Lefel 1 bydd angen i chi gwblhau Rhannau 1 a 2 Cwrs Blas Ar-lein yn adran Cymraeg Gwaith ar wefan Am ragor o wybodaeth ar sut i gwblhau’r cwrs hwn, ewch i:”


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Chief Executive

Competitive salary up to agreed ceiling


A fantastic opportunity to be Chief Executive of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority.


The role of the CEO is hugely important and leads the Combined Authority in the delivery of our strategy.

We are hugely ambitious for our growth and laser-focused on building a globally competitive, environmentally responsible and socially inclusive economy across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.


We want an inspirational leader, with the highest ambitions and expectations for us as a Combined Authority and the diverse and brilliant community we are proud to work for. In doing all of this, you’ll build and inspire our great team.


As Chief Executive you’ll test boundaries and will be joining at a time to help us support our citizens coping with COVID-19 and its effect on their lives, and ensure our successful economic, financial, social and environmental recovery.


You will continue the great work already on areas like transport and infrastructure, housing, education and skills and inward investment across the region.


To meet this huge and exciting challenge, we’re looking for a world class leader who will channel all the talent, energy, ideas and resourcefulness of our amazing region, as we work to build back better.


If you’re as excited as we are by this fantastic opportunity, we’d like to hear from you.


For further information or confidential discussion, please contact Charles Wilson on 07801880420 or Julie Towers on 07764791736 or Claudia Sousa 07763580368.


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Closing date: 9am Thursday, 13th of May 2021



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Chair: Lancashire Local Enterprise Partnership

Term: 2 days a week on a 3-year term (with the option to extend to maximum of a further term)

Remuneration: £24,000 per annum (plus reasonable expenses)

Location: Lancashire


The Lancashire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is a strategic collaboration between business, universities and local councils which directs economic growth and job creation in the area.


Our vision is to create a strong, inclusive and enterprising business base, operating in an exceptional and connected environment, and where the transfer of high value manufacturing, digital technology and skills fosters innovation, investment and economic growth. This strong strategic focus has enabled us to secure a £1 billion growth plan and bring forward over 80 major capital growth initiatives. Whilst all parts of Lancashire have benefited from these ambitious growth programmes and investment plans, half of these initiatives are within the five most deprived areas, reflecting the LEP’S ambition to drive inclusive economic growth.


We are continuing to develop a vibrant economy, putting business at the heart of our work, and removing barriers to growth so that sustainable jobs and prosperity can be created.  As the voice of the local business community, we are ensuring that the economic interests of the area as a whole are represented and promoted and believe passionately that Lancashire is alive with opportunities; a truly great place to live, work and do business.


We are now looking for a collaborative business leader to chair the LEP Board and build on the exciting initiatives already in place. As the new Chair you will also lead our response to the economic impact of the pandemic, building back stronger through investment in skills and business support, and supporting the local economy to create thousands more jobs, boosting the economic performance across our whole county.


Already recognised as a successful business leader you will have the commercial acumen, board level experience, and strategic leadership skills that will create confidence with public and private sector partners. This combined with your knowledge of Lancashire and the north-west business environment will also give you the credibility to represent the area at a regional and national level.


As Chair you will ensure that the LEP functions effectively within a framework of corporate governance and transparency in line with the LEP's robust structures, and with a style that encourages a collaborative approach to setting strategic priorities and decision making.

To find out more about the LEP and our ambitious plans for the area visit:


To arrange an informal discussion, you are invited to contact Claudia Sousa on 07763 580368 or Roger Russell, on 07710 701570 ( / at Penna Enterprise. A full candidate information pack is available online and can be obtained from our recruitment partners on



Closing date: Friday 7th of May 2021


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Deputy City Solicitor, Manchester City Council

Senior Salary SS4 £98,592 - 108,853

Be part of shaping the future of law in Manchester.


Our city is renowned internationally for its dynamic growth and ambition, and the Council has been pivotal in supporting the Northern response to the Integration of Health and Social Care, the Northern Powerhouse initiative and building back better post the pandemic. It’s a City we are extremely proud of and committed to help grow and flourish. We want to build on that legacy – carving a reputation for delivering services which meet the changing needs of our resident population. We now need a new Deputy Solicitor to help guide and support our legal services team to deliver the world-class services to which we aspire.


Manchester is a fast-paced place to work always interesting and no two days are the same. Our legal services are at the forefront of change and the service is highly collegiate, innovative with a strong service ethos linked to our corporate aims. As we respond to the current pandemic it’s a great opportunity as we respond to the impact of Covid to improve and shape how future services will be delivered. The complexity and variety of the legal work at hand is the best in Local Government and coupled with our passion and determination to do the right thing it makes for a place you can grow and make a real contribution too.


You will be required to work collaboratively across organisational boundaries, liaising closely with Members and at the highest level across our stakeholder networks. We are looking for someone who can be a true ambassador for our Legal Services team both internally and externally. You will be commercially focused and familiar in engaging teams aligned to corporate objectives and introducing new ways of working. You’ll be used to building your success through teams and growing technical and leadership skills in-house. Strong legal and democratic services experience would be beneficial too. Are you ready to lead in one of the most exciting legal roles in Local Government?


To find out more about this exciting opportunity please visit and for for an informal and confidential discussion contact our retained consultants at Penna, Rob Naylor on 07922 417 550, Pete John on 07701 305 617 or David Slatter on 07500 828 610.


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