Service Director: Education

Location: Alconbury, Cambridgeshire

Salary: £132,793 - £148,243

Reference: A000470

Status: Closed



Thank you for your interest in joining us here at Cambridgeshire County Council. Our county is rooted in history, academia, commerce and agriculture – from Cambridge’s world class university to our thriving market towns, and from the beauty of Ely Cathedral to the rich farmland of the fens, its vibrant and diverse people are ambitious, innovative and entrepreneurial. We’re at the forefront of the new industrial revolution, and AstaZeneca, Amazon, Microsoft and Apple are some of the multi-national organisations who have chosen to make the county their home.

Our vision is to create a greener, fairer and more caring Cambridgeshire.  That means we need inspiring, collaborative, compassionate and inclusive senior leaders to be part of the leadership team to drive forward this vision and make it a reality. You will need to possess the leadership capabilities and behaviours to succeed, not just within the Council but working with a range of partners, locally, regionally and nationally.

Despite our relative prosperity as a county, we still face a number of common challenges and issues – many residents are untouched by economic success, and in some areas the growth in employment has not been matched by an increase in house building and infrastructure. As a result, a significant number of people struggle with the cost of housing and transport, and in some areas the educational and health outcomes of the population are relatively poor.  These already significant challenges have been further compounded by the cost-of-living crisis that we all face and the need to support, protect and do more for the most vulnerable in our county is now critical.

The Council’s vision is supported by seven ambitions, one of which is for Children and Young People to Thrive. It is an absolute priority that children and young people achieve the best outcomes possible in education and go on to succeed in further learning, training and in work. Building strong relationships and working well with our colleagues across education, including early years and childcare in addition to schools and other partners is central to this. This will enable us to plan and deliver high quality establishments where our Children and Young People can thrive and learn. The Council works in partnership with a wide range of education providers to ensure sufficient, high quality places are available to meet the needs and aspirations of Cambridgeshire’s children and young people.

As a Council, both members and officers, we’re determined to improve Cambridgeshire for the benefit of all our residents and reaffirm Cambridgeshire’s unique position in the UK. We’re looking for credible, capable, and talented people who share our values and want to help us harness the enormous potential of our county and everyone who lives here. If this sounds like you, and you want to work for a Council that is determined to face the future with confidence and optimism, then we very much want to hear from you.

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Councillor Bryony Goodliffe
Chair of Children and Young People Committee


Martin Purbrick
Executive Director for Children, Education and Families

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