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WORK LIFE - YOUR NEXT MOVE?

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Kathryn Godfrey looks at the post of director of corporate resources at Castle Point BC ...
Kathryn Godfrey looks at the post of director of corporate resources at Castle Point BC

Castle Point BC is looking for a director of corporate resources, as it seeks to develop its strategic direction.

The post replaces that of director of central services, which had an accounting focus, including s151 responsibility.

Council leader Pamela Challis (Con) says: 'We have elevated this post to a higher level and removed the accounting responsibility. Creating this post is the first step in the development of a modernising and strategically led management team here at Castle Point.'

Castle Point is situated in south-east Essex, on the north bank of the Thames between Southend-on-Sea and Basildon. It was formed in 1974 when the areas of Benfleet and Canvey Island were joined.

There is a mixed urban and rural population of 86,000. Almost half live on the island. The council faces a huge challenge unifying and serving the mainland and island population.

The local elections in May 2003 saw a switch to a strong Conservative majority after eight years of a Labour-led council. In last week's local elections that majority continued, but for the first time members of the Canvey Island Independent Party, five in all, gained seats on the council.

The management team at Castle Point is aware of the urgent need for modernisation and change, and called

in the Improvement & Development Agency more than a year ago to assist. The council also expects its comprehensive performance assessment result in the next few weeks. Chief executive Barry Rollinson is realistic about the result and says staff expect a 'disappointing category'.

Mr Rollinson says: 'I want to see this council make a real difference to the lives of residents and others. The person we appoint will be required to make a major contribution to that objective.'

The postholder will lead a department of more than 100 staff covering four major areas: financial services, revenue services, legal and land charge services, and committee services.

No specific discipline is required for this post - which offers a salary of up to£71,000 - but previous experience managing a large department is essential.

That experience does not need to be in local government but knowledge of the public sector would be useful. An appropriate qualification to degree level is expected, along with a post-graduate management qualification.

Transport links in the area are good, with the M25 just 20 minutes away and there is a frequent train service to London.

Facts and figures

Population 86,608

Males 42,319

Females 44,289

Aged 0 to 15 19.3%

Aged 16 to 74 73%

Aged 75 and over 7.7%

Born in the UK 97.2%

Born in EU (inc Rep Ireland) 1.2%

Born elsewhere 1.6%

Work

Percentage of people aged 16-74 . . .

Employed53.2%

Self-employed 9.9%

Unemployed 2.4%

Student 4.3%

Retired 16%

Looking after home/family 7.7%

Permanently sick/disabled 4.2%

Other 2.3%

Health

People with limiting

long-term illness 17.1%

People whose health is good69.3%

People whose health is fairly good22.5%

People whose health is not good8.2%

Ethnic groups

White British96.7%

White non-British1.5%

Mixed race0.6%

Asian or Asian British0.7%

Black or black British0.2%

Other ethnic group0.3%

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