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CAREERS - YOUR NEXT MOVE

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Warwick is seeking a chief executive to work with a new administration, says Adrian O'Dowd...
Warwick is seeking a chief executive to work with a new administration, says Adrian O'Dowd

Warwick DC is hunting for a new chief executive with a talent for thinking ahead and who is ready to work with the new administration that will come in after next year's elections.

The post has come up because existing chief executive Janie Barrett is leaving at the end of September after 10 years in the post to work in consulting and training.

Ms Barrett says her replacement can look forward to exciting times and adds: 'The job entails working with an excellent team of officers and councillors who are very ambitious and want to do more than deliver the normal services. It's about building on a good platform to maintain what we have and develop that further.

'We do have elections in May 2007, so we will have whatever administration is the result of that election. One of the first jobs for the new chief executive will be to support that administration to set out its new corporate strategy and then to realign all of our resource strategies to enable the achievement of that corporate strategy.'

Responsibilities will include supporting members in achieving their goals at ward and strategic level; acting as the interface between members and officers; leading the officer core; and working with key partners.

The successful candidate will head a team of 560 staff and will work most closely with whoever forms the new administration and the leaders of the political groups.

'In terms of the challenges for the area, one main one is that we are a victim of our own success - we have lots of prosperity but we have difficulty, for example, in addressing issues like affordable housing,' says Ms Barrett.

The kind of person being sought should have some form of professional qualification.

'We are looking for somebody who is committed to their own personal and professional development,' says Ms Barrett. 'Somebody who would have experience of working with members or boards of governors, working with non-executive people, and the ability to work on quite complex projects, working in a complex organisation.'

The job is attractive, she adds, saying: 'It's a fabulous area. The staff are great and councillors really want to achieve things. You could not work with a better bunch of people.'

The authority has an 'excellent' comprehensive performance assessment rating.

Facts and figures

demographics

Population125,931

Males 61,965

Females 63,966

Aged 0 to 15 18.3%

Aged 16 to 74 73.7%

Aged 75 and over8.0%

Born in the UK 91.0%

Work

Percentage of people aged 16-74

Employed 56.2%

Self-employed 8.5%

Unemployed 2.5%

Student 9.7%

Retired 12.9%

Looking after family 4.8%

Sick/disabled 3.4%

Other 2.0

Ethnic groups

White British92.9%

Mixed race1.1%

Asian or Asian British4.7%

Black or black British 0.5%

Other ethnic group0.8%

Average house price (£)

Detached 321,358

Semidetached 201,313

Terraced 177,923

Flat/maisonette 153,471

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