Head of Legal and Democratic Services

Cumbria County Council

Carlisle, Cumbria

  • Location

    Carlisle, Cumbria

  • Job type


  • Sector

    Local Government

  • Salary/Remuneration

    £68,709 - £71,218

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    18 July 2020

  • Client

    Cumbria County Council

Ref: GSe63251

At Cumbria County Council we know how important it is to develop services and do things differently – and we are always focussed on how we can improve outcomes for our communities.  Across the county, we are working with residents, businesses, communities and partners to deliver the best services possible, and we know we have to do that within the available resources. By working together, we will ensure that people in Cumbria are healthy and safe; that places in Cumbria are well connected and thriving; and that our economy is growing and benefits everyone.

We are currently looking for a dynamic and innovative Head of Legal and Democratic Services to join our team at an exciting time of growth and expansion.  Reporting to the Chief Legal Officer, you will work at head of service level, responsible for managing legal and democratic services.  You will also be Deputy Monitoring Officer, giving you a great opportunity to work at a strategic level with senior officers and Members on key and sensitive issues.  At a time when we are undergoing an exciting expansion of the team and introducing a ‘business partner’ model, you will be able to develop and mould a service known for professional excellence across all areas; a service that promotes and develops strong, collaborative relationships with the departments that it supports.

We are seeking appropriately qualified candidates with senior management experience in a local government legal setting, and a strong working knowledge of local government law and governance. You will have good political awareness, having worked in a politically sensitive environment, as well as an understanding of the need to facilitate good decision making within the council and provide officers and Members with pragmatic solutions to issues.

This is a fantastic challenge for an ambitious leader to take that next step and shape and develop this service. At Cumbria County Council we pride ourselves on our commitment to ‘grow our own’, and as such we offer a wide range of training and progression opportunities.

Cumbria County Council Constitution: https://cumbria.gov.uk/council-democracy/constitution/default.asp

Closing date17 July
Long listing22nd July
Preliminary interviews27th or 28th July
Short listing3rd August
Final panel13th or 14th August
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
Luke Judd: 0113 205 6077

Rachel Cox: 0113 205 6068