How to Apply

This guidance contains important information to help with your application:

  • Please apply by submitting a CV and Covering Letter (no more than four sides of A4 in length per document aligned to the person specification). Please also include your contact details.
  • Please ensure your full employment history is outlined in your CV; and that where there are essential criteria, competencies and/or qualifications you make clear how you meet these. We may wish to verify this information during the recruitment process.
  • Please provide the details of two referees. Note that we will only approach referees for candidates proceeding to final selection and only with your permission. Please clearly indicate whether we can approach each referee before the selection date.
  • Please share with us in your supporting statement, the values and behaviours that you bring to your leadership, and how you will transfer your skills and experience into this role.
  • Please complete the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form when you upload your details.
  • Please return your application by the closing date – no applications will be accepted once the long listing process has begun.
  • Following long listing, you will be contacted directly by a Penna consultant to update you on the status of your application.
  • At any point throughout the process our retained consultants at Penna will be happy to help you with information, insight and guidance about the process and our clients.

The following timetable sets out the key dates in the recruitment process:

Date: Activity:
Closing Date 23rd June 2024
Longlist Meeting (Candidates not required) 28th June 2024
Preliminary Technical Interviews W/C 1st July 2024
Shortlist Meeting (Candidates not required) 8th July 2024
Stakeholder Panel/Final Interviews

18th July 2024 - Strategic Director – Housing, Communities and Environment

19th July 2024 - Strategic Director – Economy, Planning and Place


To apply for this role, please click the link below:

For further information or confidential discussion, please contact:

Rachael Morris on 07840 711217 or email:

Priyesh Bhadressa on 07548 108176 or email:

Julie Towers on 07764 791736 or email: