Chief Executive

Doncaster Children's Services Trust

Doncaster, South Yorkshire

  • Location

    Doncaster, South Yorkshire

  • Job type


  • Sector

    Local Government, Social Care

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  • Expiry date

    11 November 2019

  • Client

    Doncaster Children's Services Trust

Ref: GSe55786

Since it was established in October 2014, the workforce at Doncaster Children’s Services Trust has achieved great things. As well as attaining the overall Ofsted ‘good’ rating for its services in January 2018, we have since had our fostering and adoption services and two children’s homes rated as ‘outstanding’. But we are not stopping there – our ambition is to get all our services to ‘outstanding’, and we want this to be sooner rather than later.

The Trust has recently become an ALMO of Doncaster Council, and we are currently seeking a new Chief Executive who will report to the Trust Chair and oversee a dynamic leadership team, working closely with Doncaster Council and strategic partners as a system leader committed to the delivery of the ‘Team Doncaster’ ambitions for the area. The postholder will also work closely with our highly motivated and skilled Young Advisers who influence all aspects of our approach and help drive our improvement journey.

We see this as a great opportunity to lead and develop an already strong organisation in order to ensure that our most vulnerable children and young people are able to thrive, and also ensure that Doncaster thrives too. You will be a systems thinker with experience of leading and delivering high quality children’s social care services, the skills to bring the workforce on the improvement journey, and the ability to work collaboratively with a wide range of partners.  We are not being prescriptive about your professional background or training.  Rather, to succeed in the role, you will need an open, outward facing and engaging leadership style as well as a relentless focus on the quality of practice. In turn, we can offer you the chance to work for an ambitious, child-centric and innovative organisation that is determined to deliver high quality services to the children and young people of Doncaster and enable them to achieve their full potential.

Our Business Plan 2018-21 can be found at

Our steps to Outstanding can be found at

For more information please visit the following link:

Closing date11th November 2019
Final interviews27th and 28th November
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.

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Contact details
Luke Judd: 0113 205 6077

Stephanie Crossland: 0113 268 0704