Chief Executive



Location: Sandbach, Cheshire

Salary: c. £180,000

Reference: A000408


The world-famous Jodrell Bank Observatory, an icon of Cheshire East, was created to realise a ground-breaking vision. Today, we’re equally determined to become a respected exemplar of local government.

Over the past few years, we have made real, positive change in the organisation and its governance, overcome significant challenges, and built a strong collaborative culture. We have successfully adopted a committee system, delivered major new infrastructure and made significant progress towards our ambitious carbon neutral target. The Council has agreed a four-year balanced budget, and our new workforce and customer strategies create an excellent framework for high expectations and future ambitions.

Our new Chief Executive will therefore join an organisation in robust health, with a track record to be proud of and huge potential. It’s an exceptional opportunity to build on the achievements of our outgoing CEO, and take us even further in the coming years. You’ll be inspired by our ambition to connect with local people and local businesses, so that together we can achieve high quality local services that are sustainable - in every sense - and affordable.

We want to meet candidates who will impress us with their grasp of organisational leadership, capacity for strategic planning, and profound commitment to helping our communities flourish. Your credibility, resilience and optimism will help us become outstanding. Please visit to find out more. Please note you will need to return to this webpage to complete your application.

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Indicative Timetable

Closing date for applications: Friday 13 October 2023

Technical interviews (virtual): w/c 30 October 2023

Final interview with Member panel (in person): Monday 27 November 2023


Martin Tucker
Phone: 0121 312 3755

Dawn Faulkner
Phone: 0121 312 3755

To apply for this job, please submit your CV, a Supporting Statement (no more than four sides of A4), a completed Candidate Application Form and a completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form to quoting: ‘Vacancy: Chief Executive, Reference: A000408’.

Please carefully review and consider the essential qualifications, knowledge, experience, skills and personal attributes shown in the role profile and person specification.

Your supporting statement should express why you are interested in this role and what experience you can bring to the organisation. The statement should tackle the specific requirements of the role; outlining examples and outcomes showing how you meet those requirements.

Please also provide the names and contact details of two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. If you do not wish us to approach your referees without your prior permission, then you should state this clearly.

If you require either of the below documents in a different format, please contact Faerfield by phone (0121 312 3755) or via email (

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