Thank you so much for your interest in the role of Chief Executive. There’s a lot of information on the microsite about our ambitions and priorities for the city – but I wanted to let you know a little about the team you’ll be joining and what I’m looking for in our new Chief Executive.

The council’s senior management team is strong, effective and high performing. Alongside my Cabinet, they are wholly focussed on delivering for all our communities. Their commitment, passion, creativity, ambition and pride is second to none. Covid has consolidated the council’s role as ‘leader of place’ and the management team have worked across sectoral and organisational boundaries to support the most vulnerable as well as helping businesses and communities affected by the pandemic.

They’ve also kept going with our ambitious plan to embed collaborative leadership principles across the city. Whether it’s our ground-breaking work to improve the health, wealth and wellbeing of people in Newcastle, or our cross-sectoral work on embedding our net zero targets, or our plan to eliminate homelessness by 2022, or our drive to increase jobs by creating investment opportunities, this is a council with a strong track record of delivery.

I want a Chief Executive to work alongside me to join up the political and managerial leadership of the organisation, who fits with our inclusive culture and values and who really understands how climate change and a green economy underpins our future. You’ll need the ability to know when to take a “helicopter view” and when to dive down in the details; your ability to feel equally at home working at a national, regional or local level will also be important. We’re a core city with a key role in the north east region – and we need to continue punching above our weight and make a real difference to influencing the future of local government in England too.

So if you share our values, want to shape the future of a city where innovation and inclusion are our driving forces, and have the ambition, drive and energy to take on this demanding role, I look forward to hearing from you.

Nick Forbes CBE

Leader Newcastle City Council