Chief Executive



Location: Nottingham

Salary: £180,095 - £201,683

Reference: A000555


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Nottingham is a city at the forefront of change. As the Council comes through the high-profile challenges of recent years, it is setting out a clear ambition for the city, and a strong commitment to achieving it. All of us here understand the scale of the task ahead of us and are determined to make rapid and sustainable progress.

Over the past three months, the Council has accepted the appointment of government Commissioners, elected a new Leader, Deputy, and Executive. We are putting together a new plan for the city’s future – one that purposefully aims to build on our ambitions, not to limit them.

Money remains tight, and we know that further difficult decisions will be needed. However, cuts to our funding do not mean we can’t afford to be ambitious; it means we can’t afford not to be. There’s no doubt the city has a task in front of it, but we’re absolutely confident that it can be accomplished. We must secure better outcomes for citizens – and we know the Council needs to change at pace to do this.

To deliver on the promise of these changes, we need an energetic and determined Chief Executive. This will not be a typical Chief Executive appointment: there are significant opportunities that the city needs to grasp, and which will require skilful leadership.

The new Chief Executive will join a constructive model of working so far developed between the Commissioners and the Council, and which is fully committed to supporting the Chief Executive to be successful in driving the necessary changes. These changes will go far beyond simple compliance with the Council’s best value duties, using them rather as a spur to resetting its operations and driving sustainable improvements.

One of your first tasks will be to take an active role in the appointment of new Directors of Children’s Services and of Adult Services, allowing you to shape much of your own team from the outset.

These colleagues will join a team which is already committed to substantial change in support of a clear uniting mission to secure the Council’s and City’s future. All this needs to happen, however, while managing a budget gap of £170m over the next three years.

There is much to do – but the opportunity to give leadership to one of Britain’s core cities at this point in its journey is unique. It won’t be for the faint hearted, but the rewards will be extraordinary.

If you have the energy, passion, and desire to lead the transformation of one of the country’s most ambitious cities, we would love to hear from you.

Tony McArdle, Lead Commissioner
Cllr Neghat Khan, Leader


About the Role & process

You’ll lead the City Council through fundamental change and transformation, exemplifying strong, ethical leadership and being accountable for achieving our strategic priorities. Working closely with commissioners, elected members and colleagues at every level, you’ll make rapid progress towards key deliverables anchored in the Council Improvement Plan.

An exceptional and proven leader, you’ll bring a track record of working with high integrity and effectiveness, as well as a clear and positive vision for what we can aspire to. Resilient, optimistic and a skilled partnership builder, you’ll have a personal commitment to exceptional public service provision, and the professional repertoire to make it happen.

For more information, please see the role profile below.

Download role profile

To arrange an informal conversation about this role, please contact:

Dawn Faulkner
Phone: 0121 312 3755

Martin Tucker
Phone: 0121 312 3755

To apply:

To apply for this job please click on the Apply button below and fill out the requested information. When prompted, please submit your CV and a Supporting Statement (no more than four sides of A4 each).

With your CV, please also provide the names and contact details of two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. Referees will only be contacted if you reach the final stages, and we will not contact referees without your permission.

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.

Indicative Timetable

Closing date for applications:
Wednesday 19 June 2024

Preliminary interviews:
Wednesday 26 & Thursday 27 June 2024

Psychometrics & due diligence:
w/c Monday 1 July 2024

Final Interviews:
Friday 12 July 2024

(dates subject to change)

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