Chief Executive

London Borough of Croydon


  • Location


  • Job type


  • Sector

    Local Government

  • Salary/Remuneration


  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    27 May 2021

  • Client

    London Borough of Croydon

Ref: GSe73501

Croydon is one of London's largest and most diverse boroughs, with distinct communities, thriving district hubs and a vibrant town centre. We are proud of our heritage, creativity and diversity, which will be at the heart of Croydon London's Borough of Culture 2023 celebrations. We are home to more than 380,000 residents, with the largest number of under 18s of any London borough. We are an outer London borough but have the same issues and needs as our inner London neighbours.  Whilst we have faced many challenges over the last 12-months we are clear about the scale of what lies ahead. With clarity comes confidence and determination. We are at a point of looking forward with renewed vigour to create a modern local authority, capable of dealing with tomorrow’s challenges today

Our future

We are genuinely excited about our future. Under the leadership of our new Chief Executive, we will continue to tackle inequality and poverty within the borough. We will provide the best quality services that we can and ensure our most vulnerable residents are safe. Through strong, trusting partnerships, we will find new ways of working to secure the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of all of Croydon’s residents and businesses.

What we need

We know what we need. We are looking for an experienced Chief Executive with a deep understanding across the breadth of the services that we deliver to our residents. You will understand the financial challenge ahead of us and have the skill to lead our turnaround journey, based on your past-experience. You will be a leader that can influence and give assurance at the highest levels and be someone that can rebuild and reinvigorate a whole workforce behind a new vision. You will be a leader that proactively goes beyond the four walls of our authority to our residents and partners to build effective relationships that last.

This is a job for an ambitious and resilient leader who, in the face of challenge, sees opportunity; the opportunity to lead us on our improvement journey and deliver the very best for the residents, communities and businesses of Croydon.

For a confidential discussion about the role, and your suitability, please contact our advisers at GatenbySanderson, Jon Houlihan (07736 821079) or Frazer Thouard (07384 801743).

Closing Date: Thursday 13th May 2021

Recruitment Timetable

Closing date
Midnight, Thursday 13th May

Short listing
Monday 17th May

Stakeholder Sessions
w/c 17th & 24th May

Final panel
w/c 24th May

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.