Chief Executive

Tees Valley Combined Authority

Stockton, Teesside

  • Location

    Stockton, Teesside

  • Job type


  • Sector

    Central Government, Local Government

  • Salary/Remuneration

    to £139,000 (negotiable)

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    03 November 2018

  • Client

    Tees Valley Combined Authority

Ref: GSe43473

Tees Valley is where five distinct boroughs come together to make one exceptional destination in which to invest, live, work and visit. We have an established history and expertise in a number of areas from energy, chemicals, advanced manufacturing and engineering through to the creative and digital sectors. From countryside to coast and village to town, variety and innovation continually drive the population of 660,000 forward today. Excellent road, rail, air and sea connections help make Tees Valley an attractive place for visitors and investors and is well placed to meet the demands of a fast changing British economy. 

The Tees Valley Combined Authority has made huge progress since its creation over two years ago, taking on devolved responsibilities from Government for transport, infrastructure, skills, business investment, and developing local collaborations on culture, tourism and housing. This gives the Combined Authority a significant opportunity to accelerate growth in the sub-region and gives us scope to make a real difference to the businesses and residents of the Tees Valley. These powers are backed up by substantial funding, specifically a 30-year agreement worth over £450 million plus a further £500 million to invest in delivering the Strategic Economic Plan over the next five years.

We are currently looking for a new Chief Executive to build on the significant progress already achieved, oversee the numerous exciting regeneration and growth initiatives, and deliver the Strategic Economic Plan. The new Chief Executive will need to ensure that everyone involved in the Combined Authority has a shared purpose and common goals.

Working closely with the Elected Mayor, Council Leaders with specific portfolios, as well as the Chief Executives from the five Authorities, you will deploy excellent leadership and management skills to develop a team ethos, enable clear decision making and governance, and help guide the next stages of devolution to the Tees Valley.  Candidates will need to have a collaborative and enabling management style, senior leadership experience in a political setting, strong partnerships skills, and an understanding of and belief in the devolution agenda as it affects local government.

Closing date2nd November 2018
Final interviews20th and 21st November 2018

To apply for this role, please submit an up to date copy of your CV, along with a Supporting Statement that addresses the criteria set out in the person specification, using examples to demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements. Please provide your home, work, mobile and email contact details and let us know of any dates when you are not available or where you may have difficulty with the indicative timetable. You should also provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. If you do not wish us to approach your referees without your prior permission, please state this clearly.

Also, Tees Valley in order to support the panel’s decision making process, they have asked if you can please write up a short response to the following topic:

“How would you accelerate and deliver the ambitions of the combined authority in line with our economic plan?  Demonstrate that you have the skills and experience to match our aims.”

This needs to be on 2 sides of A4 maximum.

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email to confirm that you have applied. If you do not receive this email, please make contact with GatenbySanderson.

Contact details
Philip Emms: 0113 205 6078