Welcome 

I’d like to extend a warm welcome to each of you considering joining Lichfield District Council as our new Chief Executive.

The last 12 months have been amongst the most difficult this council has ever faced, leaving both a legacy of challenges to overcome as well as opportunities to be seized.

We need a bold and motivated CEO who will align our resources to keep pace with the inevitable transformation and capitalise on new ways of working that have arisen over the course of the pandemic.

As an organisation this means both fundamentally re-positioning our relationship with our communities and identifying an improved offer of how we provide services in an increasingly digital-focused world whilst maintaining high levels of satisfaction amongst our residents.

As work patterns and the physical location of our workforce becomes more flexible, the importance of an inclusive and cohesive culture at the core of our organisation becomes ever more critical and I anticipate this being a key focus for our incoming Chief Executive.

Councillor Doug Pullen, Leader of Lichfield District Council

Externally, we are likely to face significant challenges helping to re-build our local economy. At the heart of this re-building, and key to the success of our longer-term goals, will be embracing greater collaboration between Lichfield District Council and the business community locally and regionally.

A strong local economy will not thrive without a strong community around it, which is why I am committed to ensure that our future direction includes building support for, and collaborating with, the voluntary sector – not just to enhance service delivery but to ensure that we are better placed to reach out and engage with every corner of our community on the host of challenges that we are faced with.

Despite the pandemic, our work to transform the District has not been allowed to stand still. We have emerging opportunities to push forward the transformation of Lichfield City through our City Centre Masterplan, alongside exploration of the potential for developing our other main population centre in Burntwood.

These are exciting times for Lichfield District and for the District Council; if you’re someone who can harness the power of others to execute a vision – come and join us!

Welcome 

Councillor Doug Pullen, Leader of Lichfield District Council

I’d like to extend a warm welcome to each of you considering joining Lichfield District Council as our new Chief Executive.

The last 12 months have been amongst the most difficult this council has ever faced, leaving both a legacy of challenges to overcome as well as opportunities to be seized.

We need a bold and motivated CEO who will align our resources to keep pace with the inevitable transformation and capitalise on new ways of working that have arisen over the course of the pandemic.

As an organisation this means both fundamentally re-positioning our relationship with our communities and identifying an improved offer of how we provide services in an increasingly digital-focused world whilst maintaining high levels of satisfaction amongst our residents.

As work patterns and the physical location of our workforce becomes more flexible, the importance of an inclusive and cohesive culture at the core of our organisation becomes ever more critical and I anticipate this being a key focus for our incoming Chief Executive.

Externally, we are likely to face significant challenges helping to re-build our local economy. At the heart of this re-building, and key to the success of our longer-term goals, will be embracing greater collaboration between Lichfield District Council and the business community locally and regionally.

A strong local economy will not thrive without a strong community around it, which is why I am committed to ensure that our future direction includes building support for, and collaborating with, the voluntary sector – not just to enhance service delivery but to ensure that we are better placed to reach out and engage with every corner of our community on the host of challenges that we are faced with.

Despite the pandemic, our work to transform the District has not been allowed to stand still. We have emerging opportunities to push forward the transformation of Lichfield City through our City Centre Masterplan, alongside exploration of the potential for developing our other main population centre in Burntwood.

These are exciting times for Lichfield District and for the District Council; if you’re someone who can harness the power of others to execute a vision – come and join us!

About Lichfield District

Lichfield District Council serves the vibrant and special district of Lichfield in Staffordshire.
We employ 338 employees and we deliver statutory and discretionary services to around 104,000 residents across 46,543 households.

The organisation is made up of the following service areas:
• Finance and procurement
• Governance and performance
• Economic growth and development
• Operational services
• Regulatory, housing and wellbeing services
• Corporate services (soon to include customer services, revenues & benefits)

There are also 47 elected members and we hold full district council elections every four years and the next one is in 2023.

Our main services include: Waste & recycling, planning, building control, land charges, housing, licensing, running elections, benefits, car parks, public toilets, tourist information, business support & economic regeneration, community safety, environmental health, food hygiene inspections, parks & open spaces, leisure and wildlife conservation.

Some external services, such as waste & recycling and building control, are run with other councils through shared partnership agreements. Internal shared services include health & safety, payroll and legal support. Internal departments include IT, web, communications, finance, HR and facilities management.

We operate a cabinet and leader model of local government, with effective overview and scrutiny bodies to hold the executive to account.

The chief executive heads-up the authority’s leadership team, which is made up of six heads of service. Together they work to achieve the council’s strategic priorities.

The strategic plan describes the high level outcomes we want to achieve for our community between 2020 and 2024. It sets out that we will: enable people, shape place, develop prosperity and be a good council that innovates and puts its customers at the heart of all it does.

Our strategic plan is underpinned by our delivery plan, which details the projects and services we will deliver to achieve our strategic ambitions.

Our staff work together to achieve our set of values. These are to: put customers first, improve and innovate, and have respect for everyone.

With excellent schools, the district has a highly skilled workforce and economically active population. The district provides fantastic connections to the rest of the Midlands and UK. It is a meeting point for three major roads: the M6 Toll, the A38 and the A5 and is within easy reach of the motorway network. Lichfield is Staffordshire’s premier heritage city nestled in the heart of the country’s most creative county. With a small but buzzing city that’s steeped in culture a stone’s throw away from beautiful countryside and rural villages. There is plenty to discover in the city, from our Lichfield Historic Parks and the Lichfield Garrick theatre, to the stunning Lichfield Cathedral and the Birthplace Museum of Lichfield’s most famous son, Dr Samuel Johnson of the dictionary (and Blackadder) fame!  

Working in Lichfield 

Lichfield District is nestled in the beautiful county of Staffordshire, just a short drive from England’s second city – Birmingham. The district was formed in 1974 by a merger of the existing City of Lichfield with most of Lichfield Rural District. There are 25 parish wards in the district, with the city of Lichfield and the town of Burntwood being the two major urban settlements.

 

In normal times the city plays host to a series of festivals, including our very own Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park, as well as Lichfield Food Festival, Lichfield Festival, Lichfield Bower, Fuse, and many more. It is packed with independent shops, cafes, restaurants and bars – a lovely place to live and visit.

The wider district also boasts plenty of treasures from the thrill of Drayton Manor Theme Park, to the serenity of the National Memorial Arboretum and the beauty of Chasewater Country Park and Fradley Junction.

There are so many reasons to Visit Lichfield, but we are sure you’ll want to stay!

 

Working in Lichfield 

Lichfield District is nestled in the beautiful county of Staffordshire, just a short drive from England’s second city – Birmingham. The district was formed in 1974 by a merger of the existing City of Lichfield with most of Lichfield Rural District. There are 25 parish wards in the district, with the city of Lichfield and the town of Burntwood being the two major urban settlements.
With excellent schools, the district has a highly skilled workforce and economically active population. The district provides fantastic connections to the rest of the Midlands and UK. It is a meeting point for three major roads: the M6 Toll, the A38 and the A5 and is within easy reach of the motorway network. Lichfield is Staffordshire’s premier heritage city nestled in the heart of the country’s most creative county. With a small but buzzing city that’s steeped in culture a stone’s throw away from beautiful countryside and rural villages. There is plenty to discover in the city, from our Lichfield Historic Parks and the Lichfield Garrick theatre, to the stunning Lichfield Cathedral and the Birthplace Museum of Lichfield’s most famous son, Dr Samuel Johnson of the dictionary (and Blackadder) fame!  

In normal times the city plays host to a series of festivals, including our very own Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park, as well as Lichfield Food Festival, Lichfield Festival, Lichfield Bower, Fuse, and many more. It is packed with independent shops, cafes, restaurants and bars – a lovely place to live and visit.

The wider district also boasts plenty of treasures from the thrill of Drayton Manor Theme Park, to the serenity of the National Memorial Arboretum and the beauty of Chasewater Country Park and Fradley Junction.

There are so many reasons to Visit Lichfield, but we are sure you’ll want to stay!

 

Our Values

Put Customers First

Put Customers First

• We are passionate about our customer service.

• We always listen and work with our customer to meet their needs.

• We take responsibility for things we can change and improve and encourage our customers to do the same.

Read how we demonstrate putting customers first.

Improve and Innovate

Improve and Innovate

• We challenge each other to look for ways to do things better.
• We listen to feedback and learn from it so we can improve.
• We welcome change and move forward with confidence.

Read how we demonstrate improving and innovating.

Have Respect for Everyone

Have respect for everyone

• We listen to one another and understand each other’s views and pressures.
• We appreciate each other and trust our colleagues to do a good job to the best of their ability.

Read how we demonstrate having respect for everyone.

About the Role

Chief Executive

Salary: Up to £118,568

It’s not hard to see why residents and businesses are drawn to our diverse district and vibrant city located in the heart of Staffordshire, approximately 16 miles north of Birmingham. We want the whole of Lichfield to prosper in our post-covid recovery and we need a bold thinking Chief Executive who will look to the future and bring ambition and innovation across the Council.

We have a strong and stable base from which to build a new future and there is an opportunity to capitalise on the renaissance of shopping and spending locally as we begin redesigning our City Centre and ensuring sustainable development that meets resident’s needs. We are a small Council with unique attributes and our aim is to have a Regional and National profile.

Who we’re looking for:

We’re looking for a new Chief Executive who will love Lichfield as much as we do.
You could be a rising star in the public sector, who we will support in making the step-up to a Chief Executive or an experienced Chief Executive who has something new to bring to our Council and the District. You will need to be effective in building strong, authentic, and purposeful relationships with our community and businesses from day one in the role and will quickly identify opportunities for collaboration with partners, which will deliver real benefits to everyone across the district.

You will be a strong leader with the ability to work effectively with Elected Members, to ensure that Lichfield reaches its full potential and to deliver a shared ambition for the district we love.

Let’s Start Something New Together

Apply Now

If you are a game changer, a visionary and someone who can see opportunities in times of crisis we are looking for you.

Closing date: 26th February 2021

For a confidential discussion about this role, please contact

Anna Jay, WME Executive Search Consultant on 07904 236348 or via email a.jay@wmemployers.org.uk

Please be aware that candidates will be required to be available to attend the following assessments:

Technical Interviews – Monday, 8th and/or Tuesday, 9th March 2021

Assessment Centre – Monday, 15th March 2021

Final Appointments Committee – Thursday, 25th March 2021

Delivered in Partnership with West Midlands Employers