Chief Executive

Torfaen County Borough Council


  • Location


  • Job type


  • Sector

    Local Government

  • Salary/Remuneration

    up to £123,776

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    15 February 2021

  • Client

    Torfaen County Borough Council

Ref: GSe70101

Dear Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in becoming our next Chief Executive.

This is an exciting opportunity to work at the highest level in Local Government and to make a positive difference to the lives of people in our communities.

We are looking for a dedicated and skilful Chief Executive to work alongside me as Leader, our Members and Officers to deliver on our corporate priorities – a cleaner, greener Torfaen, protecting the vulnerable and improving educational outcomes for our young people.

You’ll also be at the heart of our work locally and regionally to build our economy in an inclusive way which helps make our communities more resilient and spreads jobs and prosperity as we emerge from the effects of the covid-19 pandemic. Culture and values are a vital part of this for me, as none of these objectives can be met without real teamwork and partnership with other organisations and other levels of Government.

As a Leader, I love Local Government as it is at the real-world confluence of strategic working and impact on the ground. There are no ivory towers here, so you’ll be rewarded by seeing the difference you can make as well as challenged by the issues that we face together. I’ve enjoyed a positive, honest and supportive working relationship with Alison and look forward to building a strong partnership with the new Chief Executive to drive the organisation forwards.

If you feel you are the person to meet this challenge, I do hope you’ll apply and look forward to speaking with you as part of the process.

Yours sincerely,


Anthony Hunt

Leader and councillor for Panteg ward / Arweinydd a Chynghorydd dros Ward Panteg

Torfaen County Borough Council / Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Torfaen

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The Employer

Torfaen County Borough Council’s vision is to create a safe, prosperous, sustainable place where everyone has the opportunity to be the best they can be. We are working with our communities to create an improved, more equal, and sustainable future for the people of Torfaen and are now seeking a Chief Executive to help us realise our vision.

We are a well-regarded and influential unitary council with a passionate and committed team of councillors and officers. We are looking for an exceptional and inspiring Chief Executive who will further develop and empower our teams, ensuring we deliver high quality services to our communities and a culture of sustained transformation and improvement. Responsible for leading our strategy, the remit of the role is broad and ultimately responsible for delivering positive change and influencing our direction over the coming years.

With executive leadership experience gained within local government or the wider public sector, you will bring a commitment to working in partnership and a passion for empowering staff and communities. As a motivational leader who appreciates the critical role that our Council has to play, your leadership style will be inclusive, engaging, and highly values based. You will be an ambitious strategic leader who is committed to being part of a real and positive environment and ensure we deliver the best possible outcomes for our communities. 

Recruitment Timetable

Closing date
1st February 2021 at 10am

Longlist meeting
9th February 2021

Preliminary interviews
15th February 2021

Shortlist meeting
22nd February 2021

Online assessments
w/c 22nd February 2021

Assessment centre and final interviews
8th March 2021

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.


  1. 2020-2021-Well-Being-Statement.pdf
  2. Corporate-Plan-3.pdf
  3. The-Way-We-Work-ENGLISH.pdf
  4. Chief Executive Candidate Information Pack Dec 2020.docx


Gary Evans: 0113 205 6080
Elise Kanareck: 0113 205 6280