Welcome Letter

I am delighted that you are considering joining our team at North Northamptonshire Council.

The role of Chief Executive at our council is an exciting opportunity and our new Chief Executive will play a vital role in delivering a bold and prosperous future for North Northamptonshire.

North Northamptonshire is an area comprising beautiful rural countryside as well as vibrant towns and quaint villages, all bristling with their own character. We are a central location with excellent transportation links and strong retail and cultural attractions. The area has been rapidly, and responsibility growing with strong business growth in both traditional and emerging sectors, such as green, sustainable technologies.

As a council , we set our aspirations high, and since our creation in April 2021 we have been fully committed to delivering our corporate plan. We have developed a strong focus on financial and performance management and our transformation programme has delivered both improvements to services and reductions in cost.

We recognise that our employees are our greatest asset and are progressing in our ambition of being an employer of choice, recognising that we need to invest in, value and develop our staff. We champion our values and behaviours and encourage our employees to be customer focused, working in the most efficient and supportive way.

Of course, we know that there is a lot more we need to do. As well as continuing to deliver our corporate plan, we need to develop our role as community leader and place shaper. We understand that by working alongside others as equal partners to deliver a shared future vision, the whole will be greater than the sum of its parts. North Northamptonshire’s emerging bold vision for 2050, known as Big50, has got us off to a good start. We want to continue this work and harness the energy of our local communities to achieve great things in the future, both near and far.

We know that in order to achieve our future ambitions and respond to the challenges we face; we are going to have to be bolder and do things differently. The challenges and opportunities of this role are significant, however, both North Northamptonshire, the area and council, are in good shape. The building blocks are in place, and a bold, broader vision for the area is emerging.

We are looking for a Chief Executive who can pick up from where we are now and work collaboratively and boldly to deliver our future ambitious.

If you feel you have what it takes, then I very much welcome your application.

Cllr Jason Smither, Leader of the Council