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  • Assistant Director Housing Management - Thurrock Council (Closing Date: Friday 5th February 2021) FF/ 10508 -

    Assistant Director, Housing

    Up to £93k

     

    We are a high performing authority, recently recognised through shortlisting at national awards, looking for an Assistant Director Housing Management to join #TeamThurrock.

     

    Thurrock is an ambitious and collaborative community which is proud of its heritage and excited by its diverse opportunities and future.

     

    We are looking for a housing professional with a successful track record at senior management level to rise to the wide-ranging challenges and opportunities facing local authority housing services during these critical times.

     

    Our tenants and residents are at the heart of what we do. We want to continue to provide services which meet their needs, delivering strong performance and high satisfaction levels.

     

    There is the opportunity to shape the Council’s Housing Strategy, continue the crucial work to tackle homelessness in the borough and address the challenges set by the recent Social Housing White Paper. We see partnership as integral to delivering these; successful outcomes cannot be achieved in isolation.

     

    With more than 9800 properties in the Council’s stock, an active pipeline of capital investment and new developments, and a team of over 260 officers, this is an exciting time to join us and lead the Housing service in a borough with huge potential and passion for the place and its residents.

     

    For more information please visit: http://www.leadingthurrock.co.uk/

     

    For a confidential discussion about this exciting opportunity, please contact Rob Naylor on 07922 417550 or Ben Cox on 07809 374692.

    Apply now
  • Chief Executive - South Tyneside Council (Closing Date: Thursday 25th February 2021) FF/10519 -

    Chief Executive

     

    Salary - up to £166,000

     

    This is an exciting time for an ambitious and visionary leader to join South Tyneside and really make their mark.

     

    The Council has undergone significant change over the last year, with new political leadership and a significant

    shift in how the Council operates.  

     

    South Tyneside MBC certainly punches above its weight when it comes to ambition - and the Council is looking for an inclusive, dynamic and experienced senior leader to lead the Council through its next phase of delivery

    for its 155,000 residents.  The size and geography of the Council will enable the new Chief Executive to make immediate and significant impact, and he/she will lead a high performing organisation which is driving forward a range of exciting initiatives, with an

    experienced and motivated team. The Chief Executive will be responsible for shaping and directing the delivery of the Council’s Futures

    programme, which includes significant economic and regeneration projects, further integration of local health and social care services and South Tyneside’ssuccessful economic, social and environmental recovery post Covid-19 and EU Exit.

     

    To find out more about the role and to apply, visit https://campaigns.southtyneside.gov.uk/chief-executive/ or for a confidential discussion speak to our consultants at Penna, Nick Raper on 07715 690463

    or Julie Towers on 07764 791736.

     

    Closing Date: Thursday 25th February 2021

    Apply now
  • YPO - Executive Director Finance (Closing Date: Friday 5th February 2021) FF/10527 -

    YPO

     

    Permanent

    Competitive salary

    Wakefield

     

    As a leading public sector procurement organisation with over 40 years’ experience, YPO provides a huge range of products and services at market-leading prices, combined with the expertise to help its customers across the UK find the best value from its purchasing. We are unique in that all of our profits deliver a dividend to our shareholders and associate members that is ploughed back into public services so vital to the well-being of communities particularly at the difficult time.

    We have a strong reputation for innovation and customer service backed up by a committed and talented workforce and we are among  the Sunday Times top 1OO employers. We are now looking for two exceptional individuals  to join our Executive team and  bring the commercial acumen, collaborative leadership and professional expertise to help us grow and deliver increased value to our customers.

     

    Executive Director Finance

     

    A qualified accountant  you will bring experience of leading the annual business planning cycle and corresponding financial budgets & targets for an organisation of similar size and complexity. You will relish driving business performance through rigorous  review of performance,  leading forecast processes that enables the business to identify, manage and mitigate the commercial and operational risks and opportunities facing the business.

     

    If you believe you have the ambition, values and leadership style that can bring us continued success, we would like to hear from you.

     

    For more information about the role, please visit: http://ypocareers.co.uk/welcome/

     

    For a confidential discussion about the roles please contact our advisors at Penna Enterprise:

    Roger Russell on 07710 701 570 or Roger.Russell@Penna.com  or Claudia Sousa on 07763 580 368 or Claudia.Sousa@penna.com

     

    Apply now
  • YPO - Executive Director Operations (Closing Date: Friday 5th February 2021) FF/10528 -

    YPO

     

    Permanent

    Competitive salary

    Wakefield

     

    As a leading public sector procurement organisation with over 40 years’ experience, YPO provides a huge range of products and services at market-leading prices, combined with the expertise to help its customers across the UK find the best value from its purchasing. We are unique in that all of our profits deliver a dividend to our shareholders and associate members that is ploughed back into public services so vital to the well-being of communities particularly at the difficult time.

    We have a strong reputation for innovation and customer service backed up by a committed and talented workforce and we are among  the Sunday Times top 1OO employers. We are now looking for two exceptional individuals  to join our Executive team and  bring the commercial acumen, collaborative leadership and professional expertise to help us grow and deliver increased value to our customers.

     

    Executive Director Operations

     

    You will have a proven track record of successfully leading the daily business activities in relation to Supply Chain and Logistics of a comparable sized organisation ensuring effective deployment of resources. Already operating at a senior level, you will also have the ability and professional market insight to advise the Managing Director and shareholders on the development and implementation of operational strategies and policies to deliver sustainable business growth.

     

    If you believe you have the ambition, values and leadership style that can bring us continued success, we would like to hear from you.

     

    For more information about the role, please visit: http://ypocareers.co.uk/welcome/

     

    For a confidential discussion about the roles please contact our advisors at Penna Enterprise:

    Roger Russell on 07710 701 570 or Roger.Russell@Penna.com  or Claudia Sousa on 07763 580 368 or Claudia.Sousa@penna.com  

    Apply now
  • Bracknell Forest Council - Assistant Director Education and Learning (Closing Date: Friday 26th February 2021) FF/10503 -

    Bracknell Forest Council

     

    Assistant Director Education and Learning

    up to £108k

    Bracknell

     

    A great place to live, learn and thrive

     

    At Bracknell Forest, our ambition is for everyone to be able to access the right opportunities which will enable them to thrive.  We have the resources, drive and member support to make this a reality and to do things which make a difference.  The People Directorate is key to this approach with real outcomes for real people at the heart of every service we provide.

     

    Education and Learning is key to achieving this ambition, ensuring that our children and young people can reach their full potential through good schools, effective SEN, early years and post 16 provision. Reporting to the newly appointed Executive Director People – Grainne Siggins – you will be a key member of the directorate management team and work in partnership with all 43 schools in the borough.  Attainment is good overall and, in many cases, outstanding, but there is still more to be done to ensure we are well above the national average for a borough of our size and economic advantage. As with most councils, we face a challenge around our High Needs Block. However, this offers some exciting opportunities to develop services in an innovative and creative way to meet the needs of our vulnerable children and young people, all of whom deserve the very best.  

     

    Whatever your background, you will come with a deep understanding of schools and school improvement gained at local or national level.  You will value and nurture close working relationships with our school and business communities and seek to build on the good work achieved to date through genuine collaboration, support and challenge.  Above all you will provide an inspirational educational vision for Bracknell Forest and have the skills to turn this into reality. In return you will find a council willing to listen, learn and change to meet the needs of our residents, now and in the future.  

     

    For further information click apply to download a candidate pack or call our advising consultants at Penna:

    Carol Coyle 07500 887849, Helen Alwell 07809 905467 or Maggie Hennessy 07877 004648.

     

    Closing date: Friday 26th February 2021

     

    Apply now
  • Chief Executive - Transport for the North (Closing Date: 12:00pm Thursday 11th February) FF:10526 -

     

    Chief Executive

    Competitive Salary

    Permanent/Secondment

     

    As Chief Executive of Transport for the North (TfN), you’ll play a high profile and influential role in shaping the future of the North and the 15 million people who call it home.

     

    You’d join at a pivotal moment, as levelling-up scales the national agenda. With transport infrastructure a central pillar of this mission, never has the need to drive northern economic recovery been more critical.

     

    Reporting to the TfN Board – made up the North’s mayors, political and business leaders – you’ll know that the North has suffered decades of underinvestment in transport and be passionate about forging change. In doing so, you’ll inspire the organisation to create a prosperous and productive economy in the North, with a focus on continuous improvement and delivery.

     

    In this unique role, leading the UK’s first sub-national transport body, you’ll draw on your understanding of the fabric and culture of the North and in-depth understanding of the role of our transport networks play in stimulating economic opportunity. Collaborating with and representing all of our region, you’ll be at the vanguard of providing one voice for the North, as well as pioneering insight and strategy.

     

    You’ll need vision, determination and resilience, combined with a diverse range of business skills as expected for a role of this seniority and importance.

     

    This is a rare opportunity to be a figurehead at the heart of a national agenda to build back better – one fully supported by the North’s most influential leaders and stakeholders.

     

    For further information please click http://www.transportforthenorthleaders.com/ or for an informal discussion about this exciting role, please contact our colleagues at Penna, Pete John on 07701 305617 or Helen Alwell on 07809 905467

     

    Closing date: Thursday 11th February 2021 at 12:00noon

    Longlist Interviews: Friday 26th February 2021 (All day) / Monday 1st March 2021 (AM only)

    Final interviews: Monday 22nd March 2021

     

    Candidates wishing to apply for this role on a secondment basis of up to two years are welcomed and will also be considered.

     

    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.

     

    Want to know more about TfN, then visit us on https://transportforthenorth.com/ or look at our twitter page or find us on LinkedIn.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Assistant Director of Capital Projects & Property, LB Haringey (Closing Date Friday 19th Feb 12.00pm) -

    We’ve laid the foundations, will you help us deliver?

    Salary range £102,300 - £119,000

     

    Haringey is the epitome of what London is about - rich in diversity, heritage, culture and opportunity.  Haringey is our home and we’re proud of it. As a Council, we’re ambitious for our Borough’s future and for the people who live and work here. Whilst the world has changed for everyone over the past year,  some things remain the same and  Haringey’s greatest strength is still its people. We still work together and look out for each other, becoming stronger and more resilient than ever.

     

    Haringey is on the move and we’re looking for someone who can lead and deliver on our Property and Capital Projects. Reporting into the Corporate Director of Housing, Regeneration and Planning, you will work across the organisation to deliver the Council's ambitious plans.  Over the next five years, we’re tackling head-on the crisis of affordability, homelessness and housing standards.  We’re delivering a significant investment programme, including more than 1,000 new Council homes, refurbishing our Civic Centre and wider Council Accommodation Strategy and an ambitious capital programme to help deliver improvements to our schools and community facilities such as librariers.  Our strategic property team also have an important role to play to support planned regeneration at locations such as Tottenham Hale, High Road West, Wood Green and Broadwater Farm.

     

    Haringey is home to a unique mix of businesses across the borough, small and large, from cultural and creative, to famous institutions including Tottenham Hotspur Football Club and Alexandra Palace. Property is one of the Council’s major resources -  a major cost to the Council; a major source of income and a major component in for service delivery and economic growth.  As the Assistant Director Capital Projects and Property you will be an innovative and strategic thinker to maximise potential in using our assets effectively. We’re looking for someone who can drive forward initiatives and projects such as our Council accommodation Strategy, while also being responsible for delivering the Council’s Capital Programme and our Strategic Asset Management function and the effective running of our PMO function for the division.

     

    We are looking for a creative yet pragmatic approach from an experienced multidisciplinary leader, it is imperative you can demonstrate commercial and political nous and can evidence a track record of delivery from within a transferable setting, and the ability to motivate and empower teams to drive high levels of performance.  

     

    We are looking for someone who can rise to the challenges facing local government by working in partnership; recognising that creating meaningful change cannot be done by one person or one team alone if the Council is to  make a positive impact on the quality of lives of the people of Haringey.

     

    This is an exciting time to join Haringey and play a lead role in a phenomenal borough which has huge ambition to deliver new homes, jobs and infrastructure and the passion to deliver the priorities of our residents.

     

    Contact our retained consultants at Penna: Rob Naylor on 07922 417550 / Rob.Naylor@Penna.com or Joshua Bembridge on 07739 985 331 / Joshua.bembridge@Penna.com

     

    Closing date: Friday 19th February 12:00pm

     

    Apply now
  • Director of Children, Schools & Families, London Borough of Merton (Close Date: Friday 12th February 2021) (FF/10451) -

    London Borough of Merton

    Director of Children, Schools & Families

     

    £145,000 - £160,000

     

    Merton’s vision is to be London’s Best Council. Providing outstanding services for families and their children is of key importance to this vision.

     

    Our new DCS will play a vital and influential role in guiding the Borough and ensuring continuous improvement across social care practice that is already judged as good, and our schools which are performing exceptionally well. You will bring a passion to make families stronger, children safer and to improve their life chances. You will be an exceptional leader, prepared to inspire and challenge and bring a track-record of building positive relationships and successfully working with key partners.

     

    If you feel that you can meet the challenges of working in this dynamic context, and have the skills and values to support our vision, we want to hear from you.

     

    For a confidential discussion about the role please contact Carol Coyle on 07500 887 849, Chris Barrow on 07500 888102 or Ben Cox on 07809 374692.

     

    For more information about the role, please visit: http://www.leadingmerton.com/

     

    Closing date: Friday 12th February 2021

    Apply now
  • Director of Public Health - Government of Jersey (Closing Date: 9am Friday 12th February 2021) FF/10507 -

    Director of Public Health

    Competitive salary

     

    We’re continuing to build a future for Jersey that will see  people, business and government come together to collaborate in a way

    they’ve never done  before. This approach is called Team Jersey and it’s a milestone  in our history: one island, one community, one government – and one exciting future. Now we need a talented leader  to join us for a career-defining opportunity in this new role: to make change happen in a unique, historic Island.

     

    System  leadership will be key to success for the appointed candidate, as you will have  the opportunity to play a lead role in the development of the new Jersey Care Model and the move towards a more person- centred approach to care,  with the individual at the heart  and care closer  to home  where  possible. This is a role of scale  and complexity and will require  a public health  professional with exceptional system-leadership experience and expertise.

     

    We are seeking an influential strategic leader with the credibility and proven  ability to be a strong  ‘national’ public health  leader for the Island, with excellent interpersonal skills and the necessary behaviours to work with partners at a local, national and international level. You must also be able to evidence substantial experience in leading, managing and successfully delivering  large scale  communicable disease services. In addition,  you will have  an in-depth  understanding of the challenges, complexities and opportunities of delivering  the full range of public health  services.

     

    Strong partnership working experience, both internally and externally, is essential,  coupled with excellent leadership skills and the required specialist public health registration  or equivalent  with GMC, GDC or

    UK PHR allied to significant experience in all areas  of public health practice.

     

    For further information about the role please visit: https://oneteamjersey.gov.je/and press the button below to apply.

     

    If you would like an informal discussion about  this exciting opportunity please do not hesitate to contact Nick Raper

    on 07715 690463 Nick.Raper@Penna.com

     

    Closing date: Friday 12th February 2021

    Final Panel Interview: w/c 8th March 2021

    Apply now
  • Assistant Director Rail - Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (Closing Date: 29th January 2021) -

    Assistant Director - Rail

     

    Salary - £96,677 to £102,704

     

    The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (LCRCA) incorporates the local authority districts of Liverpool, Halton, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens, and Wirral the combined authority, led by the elected Metro Mayor, together with the Local Enterprise Partnership, the six districts pool their responsibilities over strategic policy areas such as economic development, transport, employment and skills, tourism, culture, housing, and physical infrastructure. Merseytravel is the transport advisory and delivery organisation for the Combined Authority.

    Merseytravel is seeking exceptional candidates for the post of Assistant Director for Rail Services. The Assistant Director for Rail is the lead role for all aspects of the Rail Service functions, providing strategic innovation and direction to ensure effective rail service delivery and development of the LCRCA rail network in an efficient and customer centred approach.

     

    The role has responsibility for the effective delivery of rail services under the Merseyrail Concession Agreement ensuring a resilient and reliable public transport offer to passengers, as well, as representing the interests of the City Region in developing and securing rail services from across the wider rail network that serve the needs of the city region and its residents. The post also leads the development and enhancement of the City Region rail network through the development and delivery of the LCR Long Term Rail Strategy and through working with national and regional transport bodies such as Transport for the North.

     

    You will have experience of rail services delivery or operations in a leadership role linked to the development and delivery of significant infrastructure projects. You will have the ability to build strong relationships, negotiate and influence stakeholder partners in an evidenced based approach to all stakeholder groups.

     

    For an informal discussion regarding this role, please contact our colleagues at Penna, Pete John on 07701 305617 or Helen Alwell on 07809 905467

     

    Please click the apply button to download the candidate briefing pack.

     

    Closing Date for Applications: 29 January 2021

     

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  • Monitoring Officer Part Time 18 hours per week - London Borough of Sutton (Closing Date: 12pm Monday 8th February 2021) FF/10460 -

    Monitoring Officer (Part time)

    Salary: £Competitive

    London Borough of Sutton

     

    Sutton is a great place to live and work, with low crime, exceptional schools, a strong environmental record and good community engagement. We’re hugely ambitious for our borough and the people who live there, and we have exciting plans for our future. We’ve been told we’re quietly brilliant, but now is the time to get loud.

    As the Council’s Monitoring Officer, you will oversee exemplary legal service delivery and solutions. You’ll act as the professional and statutory lead for all legal and monitoring officer duties.  You’ll oversee the partnership and relationship with the South London Legal Partnership (SLLP). We’re looking for a strong lawyer who is collegiate, but testing in nature when required, who can manage senior officer and political relationships who has strong motivation to be involved in cutting edge thinking across our varied and complex Social Care, Regeneration, and Housing opportunities and challenges.  

     

    The Monitoring Officer will lead on the Council’s governance and legal systems, ensuring they run effectively and efficiently, while working closely with the Chief Executive and Chief Finance Officer in contributing to the governance of the Council. We’re looking for an inspirational lawyer who is able to work across the organisation to ensure robust systems and processes are in place, while also being able to facilitate constructive governance culture that has buy in and support

     

    You will possess expert legal knowledge and the ability to work effectively with Members and the senior leadership team. If you enjoy working collaboratively, are skilled in partnership working and share our energy, drive and ambition, then we want to hear from you.

     

    To apply, please click the apply button below or call Julie Towers on 07764 791 736 or Joshua Bembridge on 07739 985 331.

     

    Closing Date: 12pm Monday 8th February 2021.

     

    Apply now
  • Strategic Director, Development, Growth and Regeneration - London Borough of Sutton (Closing Date: 12pm Monday 8th February 2021) FF/10459 -

    Strategic Director Development, Growth & Regeneration (2 Year FTC)

    Salary: £Competitive

    London Borough of Sutton

     

    Sutton is a great place to live and work, with low crime, exceptional schools, a strong environmental record and good community engagement. We’re hugely ambitious for our borough and the people who live there, and we have exciting plans for our future. We’ve been told we’re quietly brilliant, but now is the time to get loud.

     

    Now is the time to get Sutton on the map. We want to get people thinking about Sutton. We have the Institute for Cancer Research, and there has never been a more important time for life sciences. We’re looking for someone to come in and get people, and businesses excited about it. As the Strategic Director of Development, Growth & Regeneration, you’ll lead on the development of business strategies for the Council and its partners.

     

    Success is only possible with the support of diverse local, regional, national and international partners, you’ll therefore be a skilled ambassador for the Council, building vital public and private sector relationships. Strong, visible and credible, you’ll know how to connect with partners and unlock substantial investment through influencing these partners and stakeholders in both the private and public sector, nationally and internationally, to deliver a strategic approach to the response to the climate emergency and attracting new businesses and actively marketing Sutton as a high-quality business destination of choice.

     

    You’ll have the strategic grasp and a proven record of delivering large scale placemaking developments and transformation. Expertise in local government, and/or knowledge of public service reform and national policy is helpful.

     

    To apply, please click the apply button below, or call Julie Towers on 07764 791 736 or Joshua Bembridge on 07739 985 331.

     

    Closing Date: 12pm Monday 8th February 2021.

     

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  • Monitoring Officer & Solicitor to the Council, Wandsworth Council (Closing Date 25th January) -

    Circa £105k

    Highly flexible working available (Full/Part-time/Agile)

     

    Wandsworth Council is a large and very busy inner London borough and a major social landlord responsible for 33,000 council properties. The Council has an ambitious and growing regeneration programme; and values high standards of governance and probity within a wider culture that emphasises local democratic control, customer responsiveness and value for money.

     

    We are looking for a  suitably qualified and experienced Solicitor to take on the Monitoring Officer role and be the Council’s principal legal advisor. The role reports to the Assistant Chief Executive and will have direct access to the Chief Executive.

     

    Since 2016, the Council’s services have been managed and delivered through a shared staffing arrangement with Richmond Council. In addition, key services – including legal services – are managed and provided through a shared wider shared service  - South London Legal Partnership.

     

    This role is therefore focused on acting as the Council’s statutory Monitoring Officer and the Council’s principal legal advisor; and ensuring that the legal services provided through shared services represent good value for money and provide expert advice.

     

    Wandsworth Council has a strong culture of developing employees and enabling them to progress according to their ambition and potential. We also continue to seek the widest possible diversity in our senior staff team, and therefore especially welcome applications from women and candidates from minority ethnic communities.

     

    For further information contact our retained consultant at Penna: Julie Towers on 07764 791736 or Carol Coyle on 07500 887849. Closing date 25th January.

     

     

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  • Director of Corporate Services, North Somerset Council (Closing Date noon Friday 29th Jan 2021) -

    £116,796 – £133,512 p.a.

    Permanent, Full Time

     

    North Somerset Council is a top performing unitary authority with a reputation for innovation and efficiency and we are well advanced with our plans to achieve a long-term sustainable financial position for the authority.

     

    As well as undertaking the Section 151 Officer role and driving forward the development of our medium term financial plan and financial services, you will also have responsibility for other corporate services including Human Resources, Health & Safety, Business Intelligence and Procurement. You will also ensure resources are available to deliver the council’s corporate plan as well as helping to drive forward work to further improve the efficiency of the organisation.

     

    To be successful you will have experience of working at a senior level and demonstrate a thorough understanding of the Section 151 role and the main issues facing a unitary authority. You will be proactive in managing change and risk and be focused on outcomes.

     

    You will be confident at resolving complex issues and managing challenging workloads. You will bring high level relationship management skills and a real commitment and motivation for the opportunities and challenges ahead.

     

    For an informal discussion and to find out more, please contact our consultants at Penna, Ben Cox on 07809 374692 or Az Ahmed on 07717 810 481

     

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

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  • Chief Finance Officer - Gloucestershire Constabulary (Closing Date: 9am Friday 22nd January 2021) FF/10484 -

    Safeguarding our financial future

    Chief Finance Officer (18 months FTC)

    c.£90,000

     

    Gloucestershire Constabulary is one of the oldest police forces in Britain. The area we cover is around 1,000 square miles and is home to the Cotswolds, the Royal Forest of Dean and the Severn Vale, and includes the urban centres of Cheltenham and Gloucester.

     

    The Chief Finance Officer works closely with the senior leadership of the Constabulary to ensure the proper administration of the forces finances by providing the Statutory section 151 responsibilities for a yearly budget of £126m. Your team provide support across accounts payable and receivable, budget monitoring and budget setting, plus the statutory accounts and returns and treasury management.

     

    In addition, we are looking for our new CFO to support and mentor our new Head of Finance and to develop the finance team to match the evolving organisational needs including the improvement of the finance support to ICT and to assist in the delivery of the overall transformation programme.

     

    If you have a strong public sector finance background, ideally from within the emergency services, we would like to hear from you.

    To apply and for further information, please visit Exec Search (penna.com)

     

    To download a copy of the Candidate Briefing Pack and to apply, please click the button below.

     

    For a confidential discussion, please contact David Slatter at Penna – david.slatter@penna.com or 07500 828610

     

    Closing date for applications: 9am Friday 22nd January 2021

     

    Apply now