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Chief executive recruitment

We are looking for an exceptional leader to become our new chief executive.
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Welcome from Damien Egan, Mayor of Lewisham

Mayor Damien EganThank you for taking an interest in becoming Lewisham’s next chief executive.

Lewisham is a fantastic borough and is an increasingly popular place to live. It is London’s second fastest growing borough and one of the most diverse places in the world. One of the key challenges for the next decade is how we make the investment and regeneration in the borough work for all of our diverse communities.

Our new corporate strategy sets out our vision for Lewisham in this Council administration and beyond. From tackling the housing crisis to building an inclusive local economy, we have ambitious plans to meet the challenges our residents face today. We are now looking for an exceptional leader to take forward that vision and turn it into reality.

Lewisham Council has a proud tradition of working with its partners and communities to tackle social issues and deliver change. The new chief executive must share that passion for community-led development and have an understanding of the challenges our diverse communities face. They must be able to work across the board to ensure Lewisham’s growth works for all our residents and empowers them to succeed.

To help achieve our vision we are looking for a chief executive with the experience and knowledge to inspire confidence in councillors and senior leaders, and who is collaborative and able to empower staff. They must also have a deep understanding of London and Lewisham’s place in it.

We are looking for a team player, whose natural style is to listen, involve and consult with others to achieve exceptional results. Ultimately, the new chief executive needs to be as excited about helping Lewisham make the most of the opportunities it has as we are.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Damien Egan, Mayor of Lewisham

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Job description

Job description

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Person specification

Person specification

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How to apply

Find out how to apply for the role of chief executive.

Before you apply

The job description and person specification are provided to help you complete your application.

Find out more

For a confidential discussion please call our adviser at GatenbySanderson, Penny Ransley, on 020 7426 3962.

Closing date

3 June 2019

Please apply through our retained consultants' website using the following link.

About the Council (and organisational structure)

On this page you can find information about how the Council is run and our organisational structure.

How the Council is run

Lewisham Council is led by the Mayor, Damien Egan, who is directly elected by residents, along with 54 councillors – three elected in each of our 18 wards.

Find out more about who runs the Council and information about the mayor.

Our organisational structure

The Council's organisational structure enables us to respond more rapidly and flexibly to the needs of our ever-changing population.

Our structure enables us to group services together, improve effectiveness and efficiency and focus on service performance.

Find out more about our structure, executive management team and four directorates.

Why work for us

Read more about the benefits of working at Lewisham Council.

Our corporate strategy

Our new corporate strategy sets out how we plan to deliver for our residents over the next four years. How, in the face of austerity, where councils have been forced to cut services, we can still make a difference and change lives. Importantly, it is also about how we protect the individual identities of our neighbourhoods and continue to make Lewisham a place we love to live in.

We are building on Lewisham’s historic values – fairness, equality and putting our community at the heart of everything we do – and turning these values into practical, deliverable policies for the next four years.

Our values

We have a series of core values that provide a benchmark for behaviour across the organisation:

  • We put service to the public first.
  • We respect all people and all communities.
  • We invest in employees.
  • We are open, honest and fair in all we do.

Our priorities

Our seven corporate strategy priorities are:

  • Open Lewisham – Lewisham is a welcoming place of safety for all where we celebrate the diversity that strengthens us.
  • Tackling the housing crisis – everyone has a decent home that is secure and affordable.
  • Giving children and young people the best start in life – every child has access to an outstanding and inspiring education and is given the support they need to keep them safe, well and able to achieve their full potential.
  • Building an inclusive local economy – everyone can access high quality job opportunities, with decent pay and security in our thriving and inclusive local economy.
  • Delivering and defending: health, social care and support – ensuring everyone receives the health, mental health, social care and support services they need.
  • Making Lewisham greener – everyone enjoys our green spaces and benefits from a healthy environment as we work to protect and improve our local environment.
  • Building safer communities – every resident feels safe and secure living here as we work together towards a borough free from the fear of crime.

More information about our vision and strategies

About the borough of Lewisham

We are a large and green borough

At 13.4 square miles, Lewisham is one of the largest inner-London boroughs. One quarter of the borough is parkland or open space and we have one of the highest number of parks and green spaces of any London borough.

We are a growing borough

We have one of the fastest growing populations in London. More than 300,000 people currently call Lewisham home. By population size Lewisham is the 13th largest in London and the fifth largest in inner London.

We are a diverse borough

We are England's 15th most ethnically diverse borough. Some 46% of our residents are from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, and this rises to over 75% within our school population, where pupils speak over 170 languages.

We are a young borough

Children and young people aged 0–19 years make up more than 25% of our residents. Over 200,000 residents are of working age, aged 16–64.

Deprivation levels have fallen but remain high

Whilst Lewisham was less deprived in 2015 compared to 2010, concentrations of deprivation in the north and south of the borough remain comparatively high, with a number of areas being in the most deprived 20% of England. Life expectancy falls six years (for men) and over eight years (for women) between the least deprived and most deprived wards in the borough.

More information about the borough

Lewisham borough overview

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