Director of Law and Governance

Surrey County Council


  • Location


  • Job type


  • Sector

    Local Government

  • Salary/Remuneration

    £100,000 to £125,000 per annum

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    12 May 2019

  • Client

    Surrey County Council

Ref: GSe53756

One of the largest and highest profile councils in the country, at Surrey County we face some equally significant challenges. Our Children's Services have been rated Inadequate by Ofsted in consecutive inspections and are now on an ambitious and urgent improvement journey. Our finances, as with many local authorities, are under significant and prolonged pressure, with transformation equally important to addressing this and delivering financial sustainability. We are part of one of only three health devolution deals nationally, with Surrey Heartlands covering Health, Adult Social Care, and Public Health. As part of the county wide vision for Surrey 2030, we are ambitious about redefining our relationships with District and Borough partners in order to deliver great places and outcomes for residents across the County.

With a new Corporate Leadership Team in place, and new political leadership too, the County Council is determined to meet these challenges head on, and to utilise the untapped potential to deliver great outcomes for our residents. As we transform in order to achieve this, we require the highest standards of professional advice and insight, and we are looking to recruit a Director of Law and Governance to our extended leadership team.

During times of significant change, the importance of strong governance and robust decision making increases. Your ability to operate personally as our most senior legal and governance advisor will be important, but more fundamental will be the results of your ability to build strong teams operating in line with our emergent organisational culture, and to put in place modern and effective governance and decision making frameworks.

Leading our in house legal service, in conjunction with our partner authorities in Orbis Public Law, and our Democratic Services team, and acting as the Council's Monitoring Officer, you will ensure that our decision making arrangements are of the highest order, and that the quality of the advice available to Officers and Members is second to none.

For more information about this opportunity, please visit or call our advising consultants at GatenbySanderson: Zoe Thompson  (0113 205 6094) or Greg Hayes (020 7426 3962)

Closing date12 May 2019
Preliminary interviews20th May
Short listing24th May
Final panel3rd June
How to Apply

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.

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
Jo Boardman: 07834 030501