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People are firmly at the heart of services provided by Charnwood Borough Council, one of the largest districts in the country. That focus has enabled the Council to deliver outstanding results and successes which have benefitted the 180,000 residents in the borough for many years. We are financially robust, our economy is thriving and the Council has made great inroads into adapting to the digital age, but there is a lot more to do. We must continue to encourage growth, support our changing high streets and ensure our services are outstanding and efficient. We are also committed to transforming our services. It’s an exciting time for Charnwood and as we take a serious look at the future, and the opportunities and challenges it will bring, we need a forward-thinking Chief Executive to lead the way. We look forward to working with the successful candidate.

Cllr Jonathan Morgan,

Leader of Charnwood Borough Council

The Place

Charnwood is the largest borough in Leicestershire and located at the centre of the country. Its principal town is Loughborough, home to a world-class university which brings a global reputation for innovation, science and research.

The town is also part of the Loughborough and Leicester Science and Innovation Enterprise Zone, covering nearly 290 hectares of development land across four individual locations. That includes the University’s Science and Enterprise Park, already one of the largest in the UK, which is set to expand, a move strongly supported by the Council.

We even have a Premier League club building a £100 million training ground here.

Outside of Loughborough, there are several thriving towns and the borough as a whole boasts outstanding natural beauty, including ancient woodland and the captivating Bradgate Park.

Charnwood’s central location makes it hugely attractive as a place to live. It is also a superb area for businesses and organisations due to the excellent road and rail links, East Midlands Airport is also nearby.


The Council

With a corporate plan being developed and a newly-elected Council, the time is right for someone to join us in such a key role.

Following elections in May, the current political make-up of the Council membership is 36 Conservative, 13 Labour, 2 Independent and 1 Green (52 councillors in total).

We operate under the executive model, with a Cabinet of nine Conservative members, and a scrutiny function that has just been re-designed to improve its role as a ‘critical friend’ to the Cabinet in further developing our services.

We have a workforce of around 500 employees, largely based at our offices in Loughborough, although we have a mix of service delivery styles including outsourcing and partnership working with neighbouring authorities.

Committed to being an excellent employer, we are Investors in People accredited and are currently working towards further improvements in our smart-working and flexible employment arrangements.

Demonstrating our commitment to putting customers at the heart of everything we do, we’ve also achieved the Government Customer Service Excellence accreditation for several years, receiving commendations for exceeding the specified requirements.

Our Vision & Values

We are developing a new corporate plan which makes this an ideal time to join us and influence our vision for the future. We are looking for fresh ideas, a new approach and a willingness to be bold. Challenges for the future include maintaining our financial robustness and delivering the highest quality services in the most efficient way.

Strong growth in the borough also needs to continue and we must help our high streets adapt to the modern retail sector so they remain vibrant and attractive.

We are committed to digital transformation as a way of improving our services to customers.

The Council is underpinned by our values which are:

• Customer First: We put the customer at the heart of everything we do

• Working Together: We work together as one Council and in partnership with openness and integrity

• Pride in Charnwood: We take pride in our work and borough, always striving for improvement

With a new administration and an abundance of enthusiasm, this Council is primed for the right individual to take it into a new era.


The Role

We are looking for a dynamic individual to join the Council at a critical point in its journey.

Our next chief executive will already possess exemplary strategic leadership and management skills and will be someone who can quickly forge strong relationships with politicians, and with our staff. We also need someone who can seek out, instigate and then successfully implement partnerships and collaborative shared working arrangements at all levels in the public, private, community and voluntary sectors to improve services and deliver efficiencies.

There’s a competitive salary (currently under review) which reflects the importance of the role and the opportunity to work with our committed staff and elected members at an exciting time for the Council and borough.

For a confidential discussion about the role, please contact Sam Maher or Lisa Butterfill at East Midlands Councils on 01664 502642/3

Closing date for applications is noon July 1, 2019

For the full job profile, please click here.

Applicants to complete the Personal Statement and to submit, alongside a copy of their CV, to Lisa Butterfill, lisa.butterfill@emcouncils.gov.uk

East Midlands Councils, First Floor Office, South Annexe, Pera Business Park, Nottingham Road, Melton Mowbray, LE13 0PB

01664 502643

Assessment dates will be July 10 and 11, 2019