Chief Executive

St Helens, Merseyside
17 Oct 2019
08 Nov 2019
Contract Type
Full time

St Helens Borough covers two proud towns – St Helens and Newton-le-Willows – and historic communities including Haydock, Rainford, Sutton and Rainhill. As a Council we are privileged to serve our residents. We are looking for an experienced, dynamic individual to be our new Chief Executive and help us deliver the services, and the changes, our borough demands.

There are many benefits to working with us here in St Helens. You will be leading high quality, loyal and dedicated staff; we have energetic and fresh political leadership which is determined to get things done; as a place, we are well positioned geographically between Liverpool and Manchester; we have exciting opportunities for regeneration and growth in the borough; we have an award winning health and care integration service; and we are introducing a joined up ‘One Council’ approach, which as Chief Executive you would have a key role in developing and implementing. 

Like all local authorities, particularly here in the North of England, we face challenges. In recent years we have had to respond and adapt as central government funding has been significantly cut, and we are on an important journey to improve Children’s Services.

Against this backdrop, we are looking for a new Chief Executive who can refresh and revitalise the organisation – someone who can inspire people, who can form strong partnerships with our many stakeholders, work closely with Elected Members, and lead change while bringing people with them.  An initial task will be supporting the recruitment of several senior posts in the authority, so this is also a chance to build your own top team. 

The Council is of course an important part of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, and we have a huge opportunity to influence public policy and budgets through the LCR devolution agreement and our elected LCR Mayor. A key part of this role will be to maximise the benefits to St Helens from the City Region, which is at the leading edge of the public service growth and reform agenda.

We are therefore seeking candidates with significant senior local government experience, excellent communication skills, strong political understanding, and the ability to deliver results and find solutions.  If this sounds like you, we would be very keen to hear from you. St Helens is open for business and poised for great success – if you want to find out more please click the 'apply button below or contact our advising consultants Luke Judd (0113 205 6077) or Philip Emms (0113 205 6078).

Closing date:  8 November 2019