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Slough BC is looking for a strategic director following reorganisation, says Adrian O’Dowd

Slough BC is seeking a strategic director of community and wellbeing to become an inspiring leader for an authority that wants to build on its already strong performance.

The post is a new one, created as part of reorganisation at the council. The job’s responsibilities include leading the staff of the directorate which includes the adult social care function, libraries, sports development and lifelong learning developing and implementing a strategy to take forward the council’s long-term objectives, and providing a lead role for delivery of the health agenda for the council.

Chief executive Ruth Bagley says: “It is a directorate role, but also a corporate role. We want to develop each of our management team roles into cross-council roles rather than the emphasis there had been latterly on directorate only. We want to achieve a one-council approach.

“We have been successful in improving our performance in adult social care, education, children’s services and other areas,but now we need to move on further and take on the place-shaping agenda and have a more strategic, visionary approach from the management team.”

The successful candidate will join a team of five on the authority’s corporate management team and will report to Ms Bagley.

They will head up the community and wellbeing directorate as part of the authority’s overall 1,700 directly employed people.

Suitable candidates could come from various backgrounds.

“We are looking for someone with the ability to lead and inspire staff,” says Ms Bagley. “We want someone with a solid track record in the field, but with experience of contributing to cross-council initiatives.

“This is a role for someone who wants to make a broader contribution to the work of the council who may find themselves leading on a corporate project that has very little linkage to the directorate.

“The role is about inspiring everyone within the organisation to become one council for one town.”

The town centre is undergoing some large regeneration schemes and Slough has one of the strongest economies in the country.

The council currently has a three-star comprehensive performance assessment rating and is continuing to improve.

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