Executive Director of Corporate Services & Section 151 Officer

Hart District Council


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    Hart District Council

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Regularly named the best place in the UK to live, Hart District Council are looking for an Executive Director of Corporate Services to join the leadership team of their high performing authority. Hart district benefits from outstanding open countryside, historic villages, 32 conservation areas and high levels of health, wellbeing, and education performance. Located in northeast Hampshire, Hart is well connected to London and the South by the M3 and excellent train links.

Executive Director of Corporate Services and Section 151 Officer | £86,487

This is a key role in the senior leadership team of our district, with direct responsibility for a range of services, including finance, HR & OD, IT, contract management, procurement, communications, elections and more. As we realign our organisation to be the best it can be for the future, your service remit may develop as we transform ourselves to continue to deliver the best possible outcomes for our residents.

As our Section 151 Officer, you will provide the highest levels of advice, assurance, and administration of our Council's finances. You will deliver our commercialisation strategy, ensuring it is fit for purpose in ever-changing times and allows us to increase our income levels and provide first-class services whilst ensuring we remain an efficient, agile authority.

Having bought several key service lines back in-house over the last 24-months, we will look to you to create the vision and strategy for our corporate functions, harnessing all your services to fulfil our vision of being the best place, community, and environment to live, work and enjoy.

About you

As our Section 151 Officer, your finance background will enable you to provide assured leadership to ensure effective financial management and the long-term financial sustainability of our organisation. Your focus on providing a 'customer first' approach will have helped you deliver services successfully at management or senior management level already within your career.

To succeed in this role, we are looking for an inspiring leader that can energise and motivate both your direct, and indirect reports. We are firmly looking to the future and will look to you to identify and take advantage of opportunities that innovate and improve the service areas that you lead.

You will be able to demonstrate success in building and maintaining strategic partnerships, as well as generating income for your organisation, either through property, treasury, or external funding opportunities.

There has been no better time to join Hart District Council. If you are looking for an opportunity to lead and manage a significant portfolio of services to deliver outstanding services in one of the best places in the UK to live, work, and enjoy, we want to hear from you.

For more information about this opportunity or a confidential discussion about your suitability, please contact Frazer Thouard (07384 810 743) or Ben Parsonage (07530 578921) from our retained partners at GatenbySanderson.

Recruitment Timetable

Closing date
Midnight, Sunday 10th July

Long listing
06 June 2022

Preliminary interviews
01 January 0001

Short listing
06 June 2022

Final panel
06 June 2022

How to Apply

  • Please submit your CV along with a Supporting Statement addressing the person specification criteria, evidencing how you meet the criteria.
  • Detail any employment or education gaps.
  • Be ready to provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees; one should be your current or most recent employer. Referees will be contacted for those proceeding to final stages. We will always gain your permission before we contact referees.
  • Let us know any difficulty you may have with the indicative timetable.
  • Check that your contact details are correct before you submit.

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email confirmation. If you do not receive, please email contactus@gatenbysanderson.com


  1. Executive Director of Corporate Services and Section 151 officer, candidate brief.pdf