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Careers & People - The Lowdown

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Martin Tucker
Lead Partner, Midlands, Gatenby Sanderson.

The role: Director of children’s services, Swindon BC

Who does this role report to?
The chief executive.

What is the appeal of this role?
Children’s services are broadly on a firm footing, but with many areas ready to move forward in partnership to the next level.
Innovation will be welcomed and sought after. Members are clear on their strategic roles and priorities. Swindon has an ambitious, dynamic agenda which will see a large growth in its population over the next 20 years and a transformation of the town. This role is an opportunity to make a massive difference.

What career background might prospective candidates have?
Someone who has a background in providing high-quality services to children and has made a real difference to the corporate agenda.

Is this a new position within the council?
No, Swindon is looking for a successor to Hilary Pitts who retires in April. She inherited an education department that was in special measures and over the last four years has been instrumental in transforming the service.

Who will report to this person?
The post has five direct reports.

What scale of budget will this candidate hold?
Swindon has£356m for children’s services.

What key attributes and skills are required for the role?
Energy, pace and passion. All group directors at Swindon are expected to challenge the status quo and break down barriers to provide excellent and truly integrated services.

What are the future prospects for somebody moving into this role?
There are excellent prospects because the role is demanding, broad and very visible. Success here cannot go unnoticed locally, regionally and nationally.

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