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Andrew_Day
David_Buckland
Chris_Elliot

Tony Jefferson – Leader
Stratford on Avon District Council

Andrew Day – Leader
Warwick District Council

David Buckland – Chief Executive
Stratford on Avon District Council

Chris Elliott – Chief Executive
Warwick District Council

Welcome from Tony Jefferson and Andrew Day

Our Councillors are committed to working together to create a single statutory South Warwickshire Council, covering all of the activities currently carried out by Stratford on Avon District Council and Warwick District Council by 1 April 2024.

We’re seeking to appoint an energetic and ambitious Programme Manager to…

Welcome from David Buckland and Chris Elliott

Firstly, thank you for showing interest in this role which is so important in setting the future direction for our Councils.

Stratford on Avon District Council is of course internationally recognised for its links to William Shakespeare and of course is home to the Royal Shakespeare Company. Whilst it is true that the district has… 

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help guide both Councils through this historic and challenging process. Professional assistance is needed to help us find the best way for our local government to evolve for the benefit of our residents ahead of an expected white paper in relation to devolution anticipated later this year.

We have a strong base on which to build. We already have successful experience of working together, through the South Warwickshire Health Improvement Partnership; the South Warwickshire Crime reduction partnership and Shakespeare’s England, our destination management organisation which we jointly founded to promote our local tourism offer around the World. The two authorities share a number of characteristics and a large proportion of our residents live in one authority area and travel to work in the other.

We have to look to the future of our communities across South Warwickshire. Now is the time to capture the lessons learnt from the current COVID crisis and review the way our Councils could better meet the needs of our residents we need to take full advantage of new opportunities that are emerging from the changing world for our communities and businesses. Local Government is playing a significant role in positively addressing the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on our way of life. Supporting our businesses and communities as we adjust during this period of uncertainty, has required our Councils to embrace changes to the way we work.

We have to become more strategic and more agile and efficient, to address the emerging economic challenges and capitalising on the issues around the climate emergency, all the while providing the best possible services. Resolutions by both our Councils, which have cross-party support, pave the way for a clear programme of implementation to be created and wider dialogue with other local government partners to be undertaken.

In assuming this important role, you would have our full support with political and leadership challenges that will inevitably need addressing, clearly and promptly.

Best Wishes

Tony and Andrew

 

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a large tourism industry, it is also home to the research Headquarters for Jaguar Land Rover and also Aston Martin. In addition, there are a number of professional services who have chosen to locate to Stratford including the insurance company NFU Mutual.

Warwick District Council is famed for its castles – both Warwick and Kenilworth and for its spa town in Royal Leamington Spa as well as Whitnash. The District has a thriving and diverse economy and a vibrant community and cultural scene enlivened by the presence of the University. The District is also home to “Silicon Spa” a nationally significant cluster of Games companies. The District has been and is forecast to experience significant levels of growth both housing and employment based with corresponding infrastructure development of leisure services, parks and other essential community infrastructure.

We have both been incredibly proud of the way in which our Councils have reacted to the needs of our communities throughout the COVID pandemic, and our staff have been at the heart of the co-ordinated approach across the County. However, COVID has had a significant financial impact upon both Councils and it is clear that the proposal to merge could achieve significant savings which would enable the Councils to protect and potentially enhance the valuable services that we provide for our residents and businesses.

The role will be very challenging. You would be responsible for the development and implementation of an innovative programme across the two Councils with the vision of creating a South Warwickshire Council by April 2024.

This is an excellent opportunity to help us shape our future. We have overwhelming political support from Councillors to fully investigate and consult upon this proposition before any final decision is made by both Councils and subsequently by Government.

There have been a few other local authorities which have merged recently but each has followed their own route so, there is no set process which we will have to follow. It is fair to say therefore that this role will be very challenging and demanding. As you will also appreciate there is massive political interest in the development of the programme which will effectively abolish Stratford on Avon District Council and Warwick District Council and create a new authority.

This is an exciting opportunity and if you feel up to the challenge then we’d be delighted to receive your application.

Best Wishes

David and Chris

Welcome from our Leaders

Tony_Jefferson

Tony Jefferson – Leader
Stratford on Avon District Council

Andrew_Day

Andrew Day – Leader
Warwick District Council

Welcome from Tony Jefferson and Andrew Day

Our Councillors are committed to working together to create a single statutory South Warwickshire Council, covering all of the activities currently carried out by Stratford on Avon District Council and Warwick District Council by 1 April 2024.

We’re seeking to appoint an energetic and ambitious Programme Manager to…

Read More

help guide both Councils through this historic and challenging process. Professional assistance is needed to help us find the best way for our local government to evolve for the benefit of our residents ahead of an expected white paper in relation to devolution anticipated later this year.

We have a strong base on which to build. We already have successful experience of working together, through the South Warwickshire Health Improvement Partnership; the South Warwickshire Crime reduction partnership and Shakespeare’s England, our destination management organisation which we jointly founded to promote our local tourism offer around the World. The two authorities share a number of characteristics and a large proportion of our residents live in one authority area and travel to work in the other.

We have to look to the future of our communities across South Warwickshire. Now is the time to capture the lessons learnt from the current COVID crisis and review the way our Councils could better meet the needs of our residents We need to take full advantage of new opportunities that are emerging from the changing world for our communities and businesses. Local Government is playing a significant role in positively addressing the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on our way of life. Supporting our businesses and communities as we adjust during this period of uncertainty, has required our Councils to embrace changes to the way we work.

We have to become more strategic and more agile and efficient, to address the emerging economic challenges and capitalising on the issues around the climate emergency, all the while providing the best possible services. Resolutions by both our Councils, which have cross-party support, pave the way for a clear programme of implementation to be created and wider dialogue with other local government partners to be undertaken.

In assuming this important role, you would have our full support with political and leadership challenges that will inevitably need addressing, clearly and promptly.

Welcome from our Chief Executives

David_Buckland

David Buckland – Chief Executive
Stratford on Avon District Council

Chris_Elliot

Chris Elliott – Chief Executive
Warwick District Council

Welcome from David Buckland and Chris Elliott

Firstly, thank you for showing interest in this role which is so important in setting the future direction for our Councils.

Stratford on Avon District Council is of course internationally recognised for its links to William Shakespeare and of course is home to the Royal Shakespeare Company. Whilst it is true that the district has… 

Read More

a large tourism industry, it is also home to the research Headquarters for Jaguar Land Rover and also Aston Martin. In addition, there are a number of professional services who have chosen to locate to Stratford including the insurance company NFU Mutual.

Warwick District Council is famed for its castles – both Warwick and Kenilworth and for its spa town in Royal Leamington Spa as well as Whitnash. The District has a thriving and diverse economy and a vibrant community and cultural scene enlivened by the presence of the University. The District is also home to “Silicon Spa” a nationally significant cluster of Games companies. The District has been and is forecast to experience significant levels of growth both housing and employment based with corresponding infrastructure development of leisure services, parks and other essential community infrastructure.

We have both been incredibly proud of the way in which our Councils have reacted to the needs of our communities throughout the COVID pandemic, and our staff have been at the heart of the co-ordinated approach across the County. However, COVID has had a significant financial impact upon both Councils and it is clear that the proposal to merge could achieve significant savings which would enable the Councils to protect and potentially enhance the valuable services that we provide for our residents and businesses.

The role will be very challenging. You would be responsible for the development and implementation of an innovative programme across the two Councils with the vision of creating a South Warwickshire Council by April 2024.

This is an excellent opportunity to help us shape our future. We have overwhelming political support from Councillors to fully investigate and consult upon this proposition before any final decision is made by both Councils and subsequently by Government.

There have been a few other local authorities which have merged recently but each has followed their own route so, there is no set process which we will have to follow. It is fair to say therefore that this role will be very challenging and demanding. As you will also appreciate there is massive political interest in the development of the programme which will effectively abolish Stratford on Avon District Council and Warwick District Council and create a new authority.

This is an exciting opportunity and if you feel up to the challenge then we’d be delighted to receive your application.

Best Wishes

David and Chris

About Stratford Upon Avon 

Stratford upon Avon is steeped in history and culture and we are very proud of our heritage. We welcome around 6.7million visitors and tourists to the district every year and our residents enjoy the thriving place they live and the services we deliver.  The last couple of years have been exciting for the Council as there has been a real acceleration in the delivery of what matters to our residents. As we are becoming fit for the future, this new head of service will play a key role in our management team to help shape and drive the modernisation of our organisation going forwards.

The Council is committed to delivering its vision and will achieve this by focusing on the following key objectives:
  • Working on regional, national and international stages
  • Nurturing a thriving, innovative and inclusive economy
  • Responding to the climate emergency
  • Putting residents and communities centre stage
  • Become a more agile and resilient Council to deliver this

To find out more about Stratford on Avon District Council, please click here.

About Warwick District 

Our vision is “to make Warwick District a great place to live, work and visit, and be carbon neutral by 2030.” The Council’s Fit for the Future Strategy is designed to support and deliver its vision for the district split into three strands, people, service and money, and with the key aims:

  • Delivering high quality, effective and efficient services that customers value
  • Empowering and motivating our staff to influence and improve the services we provide
  • Delivering a balanced budget for the Council and meet future budget challenges
  • Working effectively with our partners to the benefit of our customers
  • Using our resources flexibly and to the maximum effect

Stratford on Avon District Council is Conservative run, with elected councillors from four political parties. Our £22m net revenue fund expenditure is funded by Council Tax £8.2m and Business Rates £3.7m. We are a focused, busy and forward-thinking workforce of 321 staff, committed to providing the best services we can to both our residents and visitors. We are successful as a result of having flexible, committed and enthusiastic staff, who are prepared to go the extra mile and have a ‘can-do’ work ethic.

The Council has 44 elected Councillors made up from five political groups. There is no overall control of the Council.  Our net revenue fund expenditure is just under £15m, funded mainly by Council Tax (£9.6m) and Business Rates (£4.5m). The current business rates regime, and changes expected from 2021/22, emphasise the importance of growth in the local economy. We are confident about the savings plans we have in place over the next 5 years from our Fit for the Future (FFF) programme. Across all services we employ around 500 staff and our organisation structure sets out our leadership portfolios. To find out more about Warwick District Council click here.

About Stratford Upon Avon 

Stratford upon Avon is steeped in history and culture and we are very proud of our heritage. We welcome around 6.7million visitors and tourists to the district every year and our residents enjoy the thriving place they live and the services we deliver.  The last couple of years have been exciting for the Council as there has been a real acceleration in the delivery of what matters to our residents. As we are becoming fit for the future, this new head of service will play a key role in our management team to help shape and drive the modernisation of our organisation going forwards.

Stratford on Avon District Council is Conservative run, with elected councillors from four political parties. Our £22m net revenue fund expenditure is funded by Council Tax £8.2m and Business Rates £3.7m. We are a focused, busy and forward-thinking workforce of 321 staff, committed to providing the best services we can to both our residents and visitors. We are successful as a result of having flexible, committed and enthusiastic staff, who are prepared to go the extra mile and have a ‘can-do’ work ethic.

The Council is committed to delivering its vision and will achieve this by focusing on the following key objectives:
  • Working on regional, national and international stages
  • Nurturing a thriving, innovative and inclusive economy
  • Responding to the climate emergency
  • Putting residents and communities centre stage
  • Become a more agile and resilient Council to deliver this

To find out more about Stratford on Avon District Council, please click here.

About Warwick District 

Our vision is “to make Warwick District a great place to live, work and visit, and be carbon neutral by 2030.” The Council’s Fit for the Future Strategy is designed to support and deliver its vision for the district split into three strands, people, service and money, and with the key aims:

  • Delivering high quality, effective and efficient services that customers value
  • Empowering and motivating our staff to influence and improve the services we provide
  • Delivering a balanced budget for the Council and meet future budget challenges
  • Working effectively with our partners to the benefit of our customers
  • Using our resources flexibly and to the maximum effect

The Council has 44 elected Councillors made up from five political groups. There is no overall control of the Council.  Our net revenue fund expenditure is just under £15m, funded mainly by Council Tax (£9.6m) and Business Rates (£4.5m). The current business rates regime, and changes expected from 2021/22, emphasise the importance of growth in the local economy. We are confident about the savings plans we have in place over the next 5 years from our Fit for the Future (FFF) programme. Across all services we employ around 500 staff and our organisation structure sets out our leadership portfolios. To find out more about Warwick District Council click here.

About The Role 

Transformation Programme Manager – Fixed term April 2024

This is an exciting opportunity to help us shape our future. Both Stratford and Warwick Councils are undergoing significant organisational change and are committed to working together to create a single statutory South Warwickshire Council by 2024. In order to achieve this, we need an experienced and energetic Programme Manager to lead on the creation of the Joint Transformation plan and see it through to delivery. You can find out more from the Deloitte report below about the business case, benefits and risks of the merging arrangements. 

The role will be very challenging, but equally rewarding. You will be required to identify, manage and support the resource required throughout the programme to enable delivery. You will need to ensure that appropriate programme architecture is in place to co-ordinate and manage both the design and implementation activity working across a range of thematic areas that include HR, Finance, Legal and ICT. 

You will have programme leadership experience and knowledge of the full lifecycle of programme management and have previous experience working on a wide range of projects. Also critical is a strong ability to communicate and build effective working relationships with key stakeholders – including our Senior Management Teams and Councillors. 

If you are self-motivated and want to make history with an opportunity to make a real difference to the future lives of our residents, then we want to hear from you.

How to Apply

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Chantelle Wooldridge, Principal Consultant – Resourcing, West Midlands Employers on 07788795411 or at c.wooldridge@wmemployers.org.uk

Closing Date: – Tuesday 6 April 2021

The Assessment Centre and Interview will take place on: Tuesday 20 April 2021

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