The Role

Power | Creativity | Opportunity

Chief Executive

London Borough Waltham Forest Council

Circa £215K

Waltham Forest has a rich history and culture that makes us distinctive and with a strong sense of community. Brimming with opportunity and purpose, we know we have a bright future and strong foundations.

We are a young, diverse borough with a Council that understands the power we have to inspire and create a transformative effect on the unique people that make up our borough.

Our new Chief Executive will match and channel this potential and ambition, ensuring we focus on the opportunities to benefit everyone in Waltham Forest and will relish harnessing the power of elected members, partners, and staff in collaboration with all our communities.

We need someone with well-developed leadership experience who shares our values and sense of purpose, and who can inspire whilst delivering the excellent services our communities rightly expect.

If you are ready and share our vision, we'd love you to join us here at Waltham Forest

To apply please click the link below or for more information please contact our retained consultants at Penna:

Julie Towers on 07764 791736 or

Dawar Hashmi on 07513 706265 or

Rob Naylor on 07922 417550 or

Closing Date: 27th March 2023

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Diversity Is Our Strength

We are keen to hear from anyone who meets the job criteria and we firmly believe that diversity produces the best team performance. We are proud of and driven by our Diversity Rationale and aim to have a workforce, at all levels, that reflects the communities we serve.

We are determined to increase staff from underrepresented groups. In order to tackle these we would particularly encourage Women, people of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic heritage, people who live openly as LGBTQI+ or those with a disability to apply.

Waltham Forest is a Disability Confident Employer.

Disability confident employer

How to Apply

This guidance contains important information to help with your application:

Please apply by submitting a CV and Covering Letter (no more than four sides of A4 in length per document aligned to the person specification). Please also include your contact details.

Please ensure all gaps in employment and education history are fully explained on your CV; we may wish to verify this information during the recruitment process.

Please provide the details of two referees. Note that we will only approach referees for candidates proceeding to final selection and only with your permission. Please clearly indicate whether we can approach each referee before the selection date.

Please ensure that you address the key requirements as set out in the person specification. These competencies will be used as part of the assessment process.

Please complete the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form when you upload your details. We are keen to ensure that all our jobs are accessible to all members of the community and use this data to monitor our progress in doing this.

Please return your application by the closing date – no applications will be accepted once the long listing process has begun.

Following long listing, you will be contacted directly by a Penna consultant to update you on the status of your application.

The following timetable sets out the key dates in the recruitment process:

Activity Date
Closing Date 27 March 2023
Preliminary Interviews 13 April 2023
Shortlist Meeting 24 April 2023
Stakeholder Panels 2 May 2023
Final Interviews 3 May 2023


To apply for this role, please click the link below:

For further information or confidential discussion on this role, please see contact details below:

Julie Towers on 07764 791736 or

Dawar Hashmi on 07513 706265 or

Rob Naylor on 07922 417550 or

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