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Available roles

Strategic Director, Housing, Communities and Environment

 

Up to £127,850 p.a.

 

Guildford and Waverley Councils

 

Guildford and Waverley Borough Councils are unified in their focus on providing more sustainable services for residents. Our new chief executive joined us in February to evolve the partnership further and faster and ensure our residents and sovereign councils are sustainable and focused. The boroughs of Guildford and Waverley in Surrey are rich in history, with vibrant economies and stunning natural landscapes. They are also hugely diverse areas with prosperous communities alongside others needing more support. We are collectively responsible for 10,000 homes and strive to provide our communities with the right support and services, and to create places that improve outcomes for our residents.

 

We are passionate about delivering high-quality services and building stronger communities and we are looking for exceptional candidates with a strong track record of corporate and housing leadership, to help shape and support our communities and places and build sustainable frontline service delivery. Reporting directly to the Chief Executive you will be part of the senior leadership team and work collaboratively with colleagues across organisational boundaries and with external partners, you will make a major contribution to drive the development of council services and improving the quality of life for both Guildford and Waverley residents. You will lead on key services:

 

Housing

You will help us deliver excellence to our communities and tenants across our portfolio of 10,000 properties, ensuring high standards across our properties, and ensuring they are safe, well maintained and sustainable. The role has accountability for our homelessness and rough sleeping support function, as well as providing a client role for the Housing Revenue Account and the housing delivery programme.

 

Communities

You will promote inclusion and diversity within the borough, working closely in partnership with our communities and ensuring their engagement and input into identifying solutions to make the boroughs a brilliant place to live, work and do business.

 

Environment

You will champion our commitment to become net zero-zero carbon boroughs by 2030 and will work with our partners and communities to achieve this goal together. It also has responsibility for our environmental services, including waste collection, parks and open spaces, bereavement services and fleet services.

 

For further information go to: https://www.waverleyandguildfordcouncils.co.uk/ or contact our retained consultants at Penna:

 

Rachael Morris on 07840 711217, Priyesh Bhadressa on 07548 108176 and Julie Towers on 07764 791736.

 

Closing Date: 23rd June 2024

 

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Strategic Director, Economy, Planning and Place

 

Up to £127,850 p.a.

 

Guildford and Waverley Councils

 

Guildford and Waverley Borough Councils are unified in their focus on providing more sustainable services for residents. Our new chief executive joined us in February to evolve the partnership further and faster and ensure our residents and sovereign councils are sustainable and focused. The boroughs of Guildford and Waverley in Surrey are rich in history, with vibrant economies and stunning natural landscapes. They are also hugely diverse areas with prosperous communities alongside others needing more support. We are collectively responsible for 10,000 homes and strive to provide our communities with the right support and services, and to create places that improve outcomes for our residents.

 

We are passionate about delivering high-quality services and building stronger communities and we are looking for exceptional candidates with a strong track record of corporate and housing leadership, to help shape and support our communities and places and build sustainable frontline service delivery. Reporting directly to the Chief Executive you will be part of the senior leadership team and work collaboratively with colleagues across organisational boundaries and with external partners, you will make a major contribution to shape the future of the boroughs, drive the development of council services and improving the quality of life for both Guildford and Waverley residents. You will lead on key services:

 

Economy and Regeneration

You will lead on the delivery of over £700m of capital projects including housing delivery for the Housing Revenue Account and delivery of the Councils Economic Development Strategies, working proactively to attract inward investment to the boroughs, building from a clear vision of what we want the future of Guildford and Waverley to be.  

 

Planning

You will lead the Councils partnership working with external partners, developers and investors to bring forward strategic sites, new developments and regeneration.  And ensure that the Councils provide a professional, productive, compliant, and proactive planning service to meet the needs of the borough’s growth aspirations and that the Councils have up to date local plans.

 

Regulatory Services

You will oversee the Councils emergency planning and health and safety functions within Regulatory Services and will act as champion to embed these functions throughout the organisations.

 

For further information go to: https://www.waverleyandguildfordcouncils.co.uk/ or contact our retained consultants at Penna:

 

Rachael Morris on 07840 711217, Priyesh Bhadressa on 07548 108176 and Julie Towers on 07764 791736.

 

Closing Date: 23rd June 2024

 

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Assistant Chief Executive - Director of Transformation & Strategy

Cheshire West & Chester Council

Salary: Up to £108,209 (plus additional supplement for Place responsibilities)

 

Reimagining and Shared Purpose!

 

We’re a borough of continual change and we’re now looking for an ambitious and driven transformation professional who wants to excel personally and also enrich the quality and sustainability of our services, building on the firm organisational foundations already in place. We want to re-establish our partnerships approach and embed a fresh and invigorated template of community-led leadership. Our ambitions are high, to drive to a more inclusive and outward facing council focused on true partnership and stakeholder engagement. Curious, then take a first step to reimagine your own success too and come set the tone for a challenging journey of improvement.

 

The portfolio for this role is exciting and varied and includes transformation and change, digital, communications and engagement and Insight and Intelligence, as part of the Corporate Services Directorate. In addition, the successful candidate will utilise their skills to strengthen our health and care integration.

 

For further information, please visit: https://www.cwcrecruitment.co.uk/assistantce

For a confidential conversation about this role, please contact our retained consultants at Penna: Ali Tasker on 07514 728114 or email: ali.tasker@penna.com or Pete John on 07701 305617 or email: pete.john@penna.com

 

Closing date: Midnight, 12th June 2024

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Strategic Head of Traffic, Highways and Asset Management

Salary: £83,403 - £90,036

 

London Borough of Harrow

This is an exciting time to join London Borough of Harrow.

 

Following a review of our transport, network and highways services, we’ve created this important new role in our Environment directorate.

 

We’re looking for a creative and collaborative leader, passionate about delivering frontline services that touch the lives of every one of our 250,000 residents; influence and support our climate change ambitions; contribute to shaping our local economy that is fairer and stronger and our ambitious regeneration programme to build more homes.

 

As one of the most ethnically and religiously diverse populations in the country, on the outskirts of London and with excellent transport connections as well as extensive parks and green belt, Harrow is where you can build a rewarding career and an enjoyable life.

 

The role

Reporting to the Director of Environment, you’ll join a newly-formed team in a newly-created role and will have the opportunity to leverage recent investment to make a real difference in high-profile and visible services.

 

Leading teams across highways, travel management, arboriculture, and network management you’ll be responsible for the maintenance and improvement of all the Council’s infrastructure assets.

 

You will be tasked with:

 

• Working strategically (e.g. overseeing the successful introduction of the council’s Transport and EV strategies.)

• Delivering improvements and initiatives that are political priorities (such as footway resurfacing and pothole repair.)

• Leading the operational management of the council’s Highways Contract.

• Reviewing services and operations to identify opportunities for further innovation and the introduction of new technologies.

 

Candidates

This role calls for a transport specialist with experience of highways contract management. Knowledge of relevant legislation as well as an understanding of the diverse nature of Harrow’s communities and the subsequent implications for environmental services, will be required for success.

 

For a confidential conversation about this role, please contact our retained consultants at Penna: Andrew Tromans on 07805 226301 or email: andrew.tromans@penna.com or Julie Towers on 07764 791 736 or email: julie.towers@penna.com

 

For further information and to apply, please visit: https://joinharrow.co.uk/

 

Closing date: Midnight Sunday 9th June 2024

 

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Head of Commercial Development

Salary: £73,923 - £84,651

 

London Borough of Harrow

This is an exciting time to join London Borough of Harrow.

 

Following a review of the Place Directorate and the subsequent creation of a new leadership team, we are now seeking two Assistant Directors and a number of other senior Management roles to join us and lead our services.

 

We’re looking for creative and collaborative leaders, passionate about delivering frontline services that touch the lives of every one of our 250,000 residents; influence and support our climate change ambitions; contribute to shaping our local economy that is fairer and stronger and our ambitious regeneration programme to build more homes.

 

As one of the most ethnically and religiously diverse populations in the country, on the outskirts of London and with excellent transport connections as well as extensive parks and green belt, Harrow is where you can build a rewarding career and an enjoyable life.

 

The role

Reporting to the Assistant Director of Regeneration, you’ll be an important member of the wider Place Directorate Extended Management team.

 

You will be responsible for the council’s commercial position with the Harrow Strategic Development Partnership (HSDP), as well as also advising on other development opportunities.

 

The HSDP is a £600m Joint Venture (50/50) partnership with Wates Residential. This ambitious programme will deliver over 1200 new homes and associated infrastructure, and is structured to deliver the Council’s strategic objectives to ensure the value of sites are optimised.

 

Working closely alongside your Development Finance Business Partner and Regeneration Coordinator, you’ll be tasked with utilising your commercial insight and expertise to ensure that the HSDP (and the Council’s other development projects) achieve best value.

 

Candidates

This role calls for a development specialist with a track record across cost management, feasibility modelling, cost planning, risk management, procurement management, contract selection advice and account negotiation.

 

Financial acumen, as well as programme management and communication skills, will be required for success.

 

For a confidential conversation about this role, please contact our retained consultants at Penna: Andrew Tromans on 07805 226301 or email: andrew.tromans@penna.com or Julie Towers on 07764 791736 or email: julie.towers@penna.com

 

For further information and to apply, please visit: https://joinharrow.co.uk/

 

Closing date: Midnight Sunday 9th June 2024

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Assistant Director Homes

Salary: £94,902 - £111,474

 

London Borough of Harrow

This is an exciting time to join London Borough of Harrow.

 

Following a review of the Place Directorate and the subsequent creation of a new leadership team, we are now seeking two Assistant Directors and a number of other senior Management roles to join us and lead our services.

 

We’re looking for creative and collaborative leaders, passionate about delivering frontline services that touch the lives of every one of our 250,000 residents; influence and support our climate change ambitions; contribute to shaping our local economy that is fairer and stronger and our ambitious regeneration programme to build more homes.

 

As one of the most ethnically and religiously diverse populations in the country, on the outskirts of London and with excellent transport connections as well as extensive parks and green belt, Harrow is where you can build a rewarding career and an enjoyable life.

 

The role

We are seeking an exceptional senior leader to provide strategic and operational direction to a range of property and maintenance services to the Council owned and managed homes. You will ensure the Council’s investment in its homes deliver the highest levels of health and safety compliance, maximise the number of decent homes and the very best responsive repairs services. You will be a key member of the wider Place Directorate management team and display political acumen as well as having expert knowledge of the functional areas within your remit. You will provide an innovative, commercially astute and collaborative leadership approach.

 

Reporting to the Director of Housing, you’ll be responsible for resident satisfaction with the council’s housing stock.

 

Leading teams across Asset Management, Investment Planning, Major Works & Responsive Repairs you’ll be tasked with:

 

  • Increasing levels of resident satisfaction in repairs and major works.
  • Increasing the number of homes designated decent.
  • Enhancing the asset information that the council holds to inform data-driven investment decisions.
  • Reducing the number of disrepair claims.

 

Candidates

This role calls for a residential housing professional with a track record of delivering major works, cyclical and responsive repair and housing improvement programmes, who can work corporately to deliver better outcomes for residents.

 

For a confidential conversation about this role, please contact our retained consultants at Penna: Andrew Tromans on 07805 226301 or email: andrew.tromans@penna.com or Julie Towers on 07764 791736 or email: julie.towers@penna.com

 

For further information and to apply, please visit: https://joinharrow.co.uk/

 

Closing date: Midnight Sunday 9th June 2024

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Assistant Director of Regeneration

Salary: £94,902 - £111,474

 

London Borough of Harrow

This is an exciting time to join London Borough of Harrow.

 

Following a review of the Place Directorate and the subsequent creation of a new leadership team, we are now seeking two Assistant Directors and a number of other senior Management roles to join us and lead our services.

 

We’re looking for creative and collaborative leaders, passionate about delivering frontline services that touch the lives of every one of our 250,000 residents; influence and support our climate change ambitions; contribute to shaping our local economy that is fairer and stronger and our ambitious regeneration programme to build more homes.

 

As one of the most ethnically and religiously diverse populations in the country, on the outskirts of London and with excellent transport connections as well as extensive parks and green belt, Harrow is where you can build a rewarding career and an enjoyable life.

 

The role

Reporting to the Director of Regeneration & Sustainable Development you’ll be responsible for placemaking in Harrow and attracting investment to drive economic development.

 

As the Assistant Director of Regeneration you’ll join a newly-formed and ambitious regeneration team, as well as being an important member of the Place Directorate’s extended management team.

 

You will be tasked with:

 

• Advising elected members on regeneration strategy; being the council’s face of regeneration for residents, businesses and communities; working corporately to lead the council’s regeneration and growth agenda.

• Ensuring that Harrow’s regeneration strategy both delivers housing and also drives investment and economic development.

• Leading the Harrow Strategic Development Partnership (HSDP) – the Council’s £600m Joint Venture partnership with Wates Residential which will deliver more than 1,200 new homes and associated infrastructure.

• Identifying additional sites for development (both through the HSDP and via other delivery mechanisms.)

 

Candidates

This role calls for a regeneration, development, or planning professional, with a successful track record of strategic place-based leadership who can work corporately to deliver better outcomes for residents.

 

For a confidential conversation about this role, please contact our retained consultants at Penna: Andrew Tromans on 07805 226301 or email: andrew.tromans@penna.com or Julie Towers on 07764 791736 or email: julie.towers@penna.com

 

For further information and to apply, please visit: https://joinharrow.co.uk/

 

Closing date: Midnight Sunday 9th June 2024

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Building a collaborative society

Chief Executive, Collaborate CIC

£80 - £100k

 

About Collaborate CIC

Collaborate CIC is an innovative social consultancy and think tank building the thinking, culture, and practice of collaboration to help us meet the challenges of today, together. We work towards a vision of a collaborative society — one that is equitable, caring, and sustainable.

 

To achieve this vision, we act as transformation partners to public and voluntary sector organisations. We help people to collaborate across sectors, reform public services, put citizens and service users at the centre of their work, develop collaborative and system leadership skills, engage with civil society, and learn together to support change.

 

To date, we have helped organisations including Wigan Council, Save the Children UK, NHS England and a wide range of public sector and NHS, local government, and civil society organisations to do this work.

 

We believe that people and organisations can create a better future together than they can alone, and we bring this conviction, blending it with cutting-edge thinking, to all our work.

 

Lord Victor Adebowale is the founder and Chair of Collaborate CIC, and as Chief Executive you will work closely with him and our forward-thinking and supportive board.

 

Our new Chief Executive

We are searching for an outstanding, progressive leader of our organisation and the wider movement for social change.

Collaborate is an organisation that has developed and grown in recent years, but still has huge potential to increase its impact. The need to find new ways to improve and deliver services to the public has never been more pressing. In the context of long-term austerity, we need to look beyond traditional and current solutions and work together across boundaries to improve outcomes.

 

As our new Chief Executive, you will lead this purpose-driven social consultancy into its next stage of development, build on strong foundations and grasp the opportunity of a landscape where collaboration is far more established and successful as a route to change and new space for change is opening.

 

You will be responsible for the success and progress of the organisation, the leadership and development of our growing team and the fulfilment of our mission to establish and embed the thinking, culture, and practice of collaboration as a critical means of achieving social change within the UK.

 

We are seeking a skilled and values-led collaborator, who is commercially-minded and can bring innovation and vision to ensure our work continues to grow in impact and reach. Commitment to the role purposeful collaboration can play is essential, along with reflecting values of equity, diversity and inclusion in our organisation and through our work. You will need to be well connected and understand the public service reform landscape, comfortable working across multiple sectors and able to create the conditions for our partners, clients, and team members to thrive.

 

This is a national role, our offices are in London, but the Chief Executive is expected to spend time with our UK clients and partners on a regular basis, and as a natural networker you’ll want to be where the conversations about public service reform and wider social change are taking place and be collaborating in the spirt of our mission.

 

Please download the candidate pack or visit or https://collaboratecic.com/  for more information about the role and what we do.

 

For further information about the role and recruitment process contact our retained consultants at Penna:

Julie Towers on 07764 791736 – julie.towers@penna.com  or  Dawar Hashmi on 07513 706265 - dawar.hashmi@penna.com

 

Closing Date: 31st May 2024 (Midnight)

 

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Shape Tomorrow: Lead with purpose

Director of Corporate Governance and Monitoring Officer

Salary: £99,027 (this includes our already implemented 2024/25 pay award)

 

East Hampshire District Council invites you to seize a unique opportunity to transform local governance and make a tangible difference for our communities.

 

As our Director of Corporate Governance and Monitoring Officer, you'll be at the helm of communication, leadership, and service excellence. Inspire and empower your team to deliver transformative change, driving modern governance practices that set new standards of excellence.

 

Why East Hampshire District Council?

Join a council that lives and breathes integrity, transparency, and community collaboration. At East Hampshire, we embody our values every day, fostering an environment where innovation thrives and impact is celebrated. Step into a role where your ideas matter, your voice is heard, and your leadership shapes the future.

 

What we’re looking for:

  • Master Communicator: Articulate, persuasive, and adept at engaging diverse stakeholders—from elected members to community champions—with authenticity,   credibility and impact.
  • Bold Leadership: Lead fearlessly, guiding your team towards ambitious goals and fostering a culture of innovation and continuous improvement.
  • Visionary Mindset: Embrace the challenge of redefining local governance, pushing boundaries, and paving the way for progressive change, whilst keeping the council safe and protected.
  • Strong Political Acumen: Navigate the complexities of governance with finesse, providing counsel to elected members and senior officers and advocating for openess and transparency.

 

What awaits you:

  • A Supportive Ecosystem: Collaborate within a supportive and inclusive environment where your creativity is valued and your achievements are celebrated.
  • Endless Growth Opportunities: Immerse yourself in a culture of continuous learning and professional development, propelling your career forward, and   supporting the growth of others.
  • Balance and Well-being: Embrace flexible work arrangements designed to prioritise your well-being allowing you to bring your whole self to work.

 

Join us on the journey…

If you're ready to lead with purpose, drive change, and leave a lasting legacy, East Hampshire District Council is where you belong. Unleash your passion, ignite your potential, and shape a brighter tomorrow for our community.

 

Apply today to take the reins as our next Director of Corporate Governance and Monitoring Officer and embark on a rewarding adventure of innovation and impact.

 

For further information, click the 'Apply Now' button below to download a candidate briefing pack.

 

Contact our recruitment partners at Penna for a confidential conversation about this fantastic opportunity:

 

Priyesh Bhadressa - 07548 108176 or email: priyesh.bhadressa@penna.com

Rachael Morris – 07840 711217 or email: rachael.morris@penna.com

 

We look forward to hearing from you.

 

Closing Date: Monday 27th May 2024

 

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Isle of Man Government

Director of Public Health

£130,000 - £150,000

 

About the role and our team

We are seeking a passionate and innovative individual to provide strategic leadership to protect and improve the health of the Isle of Man.

 

As Director of Public Health you will hold a vital role developing, shaping and assuring the health protection function to improve the health and wellbeing of the Island’s population and will provide public health policy and clinical advice across government.

 

Public Heath Isle of Man is separate to UK public health systems but the Directorate works closely with UK organisations and other Crown Dependencies giving you a unique opportunity to build strong relationships and develop the service.

 

To be successful in this role, you will be GMC registered, have strong leadership skills, political nous, plus the deep knowledge and experience in public health that will enable you to lead and inspire your team.

 

What can this role offer me?

This is a unique opportunity to lead the public health agenda in an independent jurisdiction, working across the system with policymakers, service providers and community partners for better health and well-being for all Isle of Man residents.

 

You will lead a committed team of c. 25 staff, advise at Ministerial level, and in this island of just over 85,000 people you’ll be able to see the impact of your work in the community every day.

 

Making the Isle of Man your new home

A hidden gem in the Irish Sea, the Isle of Man boasts an extensive coastline, stunning natural landscapes and unspoilt beaches. There are an abundance of opportunities and lots of places to discover!

 

You can visit our great cafés, bars and restaurants, and become part of the Island’s close-knit community. The island is well connected to the UK and Ireland with quick, direct flights and ferries to many destinations.

 

Want to find out more about Island life? Visit https://www.locate.im/ to find out why you should make your move to the Isle of Man!

 

Working for the Isle of Man Public Service

We are the largest employer on the island delivering a diverse range of services to the people of the Isle of Man. We care, nurture and value our employees’ wellbeing, development and career and place great importance on rewarding the commitment by our wonderful employees.

 

We support and promote flexible working, recognising the importance of working flexibly around your life and commitments and the benefits in improving work-life balance. We are happy to discuss flexible working arrangements where possible and if interested you should discuss this with the Recruiting Manager.

 

The Isle of Man Public Service is committed to creating an inclusive culture that celebrates equality, diversity and inclusion. We understand how a wide range of views and experiences can benefit us as we work together for the Isle of Man.

 

Your candidate experience is important to us. As a proud member of The Circle Back Initiative, we commit to respond to every applicant that applies for an Isle of Man Public Service role.

 

Interested in finding out more?

To download a candidate briefing pack, click here

 

To download the job description, click here

 

For a confidential chat contact Nick Raper at Penna on 07715 690463 or at Nick.Raper@Penna.com.

 

Closing date: Midnight, Tuesday 28th May 2024

 

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Isle of Man Government

Consultant in Public Health

Up to £110,000

 

About the role and our team

 

We're seeking a dynamic Consultant in Public Health to join our team. Be the first permanent appointment to this vital role, in which you will offer expert advice and leadership to safeguard the population health of the Isle of Man. Your passion to make a difference, within an evidence-based and ethical approach, will be paramount.

You will deputise for the Director of Public Health when required and take the lead in the development and delivery of Healthcare Public Health and Health Protection.

Public Heath Isle of Man is separate to UK public health systems but the Directorate works closely with UK organisations and other Crown Dependencies.

 

What can this role offer me?

This is a unique opportunity to support the Director to lead the public health agenda in an independent jurisdiction, working across the system with policymakers, service providers and community partners for better health and well-being for all Isle of Man residents.

 

Making the Isle of Man your new home

A hidden gem in the Irish Sea, the Isle of Man boasts an extensive coastline, stunning natural landscapes and unspoilt beaches. There are an abundance of opportunities and lots of places to discover!

 

You can visit our great cafés, bars and restaurants, and become part of the Island’s close-knit community. The island is well connected to the UK and Ireland with quick, direct flights and ferries to many destinations.

 

Want to find out more about Island life? Visit https://www.locate.im/ to find out why you should make your move to the Isle of Man!

 

Working for the Isle of Man Public Service

We are the largest employer on the island delivering a diverse range of services to the people of the Isle of Man. We care, nurture and value our employees’ wellbeing, development and career and place great importance on rewarding the commitment by our wonderful employees.

 

We support and promote flexible working, recognising the importance of working flexibly around your life and commitments and the benefits in improving work-life balance. We are happy to discuss flexible working arrangements where possible and if interested you should discuss this with the Recruiting Manager.

 

The Isle of Man Public Service is committed to creating an inclusive culture that celebrates equality, diversity and inclusion. We understand how a wide range of views and experiences can benefit us as we work together for the Isle of Man.

 

Your candidate experience is important to us. As a proud member of The Circle Back Initiative, we commit to respond to every applicant that applies for an Isle of Man

Public Service role.

 

Interested in finding out more?

To download a candidate briefing pack, click here

 

To download the job description, click here

 

For further information or for a confidential chat contact Nick Raper at Penna on 07715 690463 or at Nick.Raper@Penna.com

 

Closing date: Midnight, Tuesday 28th May 2024

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