Executive Director for People (Deputy Chief Executive)

Salary: £ 139,414
Application Closing Date:  29 July 
Technical Interview:  3 September
Final Interview Dates: 17 and 18 September

Welcome, and thank you for your interest in this exciting role.  We believe it's a great time to join us as we work together to improve outcomes for the people of Cumbria.

We asked our Chief Executive Katherine Fairclough, and senior leaders from across our partnership, to explain the skills and qualities you will need for this role, and why you should choose Cumbria for your next career move.

For a confidential discussion, please contact our recruitment partners at Penna:

Maggie Hennessy 07877 004648 or Nick Raper 07715 690463.

Watch an introduction to our services and workforce

Across the county we're working in new ways with partners to support Cumbria's communities to thrive. It's our drive to build fresh relationships, which look across organisational boundaries, emphasise our strengths, and focus on what makes a difference for people, which makes Cumbria such a stimulating and dynamic place to work.

Inspirational, collaborative, experienced and with a track record of success in service improvement, system leadership and political relationship management, you will be a key member of our leadership team and hold responsibility for children's and adult social care, public health and education, learning and skills, as well as fulfilling the role of Deputy Chief Executive.

We are well aware of the realities and uncertainty facing the public sector. But we see the opportunity to innovate, integrate, and do things differently - and we are always focused on how we can improve outcomes for our communities.

Job specification and job description (PDF 514kb)

We're working with residents, businesses, communities and partners to deliver the best services possible, and we know we have to do that within the available resources. By working together we will ensure that people in Cumbria are healthy and safe; that places in Cumbria are well connected and thriving; and that our economy is growing and benefits everyone.

We are ambitious and are committed to creating the conditions to effect lasting positive change. We know that our organisational culture is key and we've invested heavily in engaging with our workforce and supporting them to work in new ways. We are focussed on performance and delivery and ensuring we have a financially sustainable future.

Council Plan

Workforce Development Plan (PDF 3MB)

Link to Medium Term Financial Plan (PDF 2MB)

Structure Chart (PDF 2MB)


Watch our introduction to Cumbria

In Cumbria we are achieving despite the challenges. Alongside the financial constraints on public services over the last decade, we have a large and unique landscape. Serving the county's half a million residents there is 1 county council, 6 district councils, 2 national park authorities, 6 NHS organisations, over 250 town and parish councils over the second largest county in England. We recognise that leading in collaboration with communities and with partner organisations is the only way to achieve more.

We are clear that the Council's role is, now and in the future, to create the conditions to effect change - using a strengths based approach so that the conversations we have with our residents and partners start with building on what is already there and what works well, and what we can do to help. In this context leadership means facilitating, enabling, and supporting - playing different roles in response to what residents are telling us they need. Our approach is based on effective and continuous community engagement, and led by Elected Members as a strong voice for their communities.

The Council makes significant contributions to key partnerships at strategic and local level, and leads where we can make a positive difference. We have a long tradition of partnership working. It is in our DNA and partners tell us they value this. We are now pushing ourselves to the next level to achieve the ambitions we've set out.

We provide leadership to Cumbria's Health and Wellbeing Board, the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), the Children's Trust and Safer Cumbria - all providing countywide leadership to improving the safety, health and wellbeing of residents. 

Whilst the local authority role in education has changed significantly over the last decade or so, the Council continues to successfully enable educational improvement, supporting the Cumbria Alliance of System Leaders (CASL). Over the last 2 years, we have actively increased the contribution we make to improving skills in Cumbria more widely, including leading work across the health and care system on workforce matters, aligning our community learning and skills offer to identified local and business needs and providing leadership to the forum of training and further education providers.

We are building new types of relationships with parish and town councils and with the vibrant local community and voluntary sector. We have begun to work more closely with parish and town councils to design and deliver services with early successes on highways services. The Council's ongoing conversation with the community and voluntary sector about working together in different ways to support communities is underway and is beginning to pay dividends.

There's more to Cumbria than hills and lakes. Work with us, challenge yourself and take your career to the next level.

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