We are waiting for the arrival of an exceptional candidate

Gif of man in jet suit flying towards iAero buildingOn 1 April 2023 one of Britain’s largest unitary councils will be vested. We are looking for an exceptional person to lead it.

The role of Chief Executive at the new Somerset Council is an extraordinary opportunity for a candidate with the vision and ambition to deliver a brand new council that will tackle 21st century challenges, using 21st century solutions.

Their first task will be to design and develop a new team, built from the staff of five councils, to deliver our ambitious unitary business case.

We are looking for a sector leader with an outstanding range of skills. We need a skilled manager, able to develop a team from scratch, and an innovator able to design and develop both county-wide and truly local services. You will lead a newly unified council determined to create efficient and effective services that deliver for our residents and businesses, providing a single strong voice for Somerset on the national stage.

The formation of the new unitary Somerset Council will bring together the staff and services of the County Council and four district councils serving the county: Mendip, Sedgemoor, Somerset, Somerset West and Taunton, and South Somerset.

On vesting day, we will already run several exceptional services but our vision is to be amongst the best in class across a broad range of services. In particular we want to be an exemplar for public involvement in decision making. Somerset is a county of communities and our radical proposals for Local Community Networks will give those communities a central role in the design of their services.

We hope our vision of an open, efficient, and high-performing council matches yours. If you think you could be the person to deliver it, we would love to hear from you.

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