The Roles

Strategic Director of Adult Services         

Salary: Up to £170,000

Elevate your leadership: Strategic Director of Adult Services

Are you an executive visionary, ready to redefine adult services? Waltham Forest, a distinguished borough, extends an exclusive invitation to step into the role of our Strategic Director of Adult Services. Seize the mantle, orchestrating a transformative trajectory for the future with your executive brilliance.

Why Waltham Forest?

Waltham Forest, a bustling tapestry of cultures and innovation, transcends the traditional borough label—it's a dynamic community that thrives on diversity. Your strategic acumen will set an unparalleled standard for excellence in a council ardently committed to redefining adult services.

Lead a cohort of dynamic professionals eagerly anticipating your strategic guidance—innovators that will not only redefine services but strategically navigate financial challenges in the unique context of Waltham Forest.

About You

In this influential role, you're not just a leader; you're a visible force, seamlessly orchestrating collaborations with partners and communities. Your executive prowess includes managing a large and complex budget. As the torchbearer for Adult Services, you'll deftly fulfil statutory responsibilities, spearheading diverse services aimed at enhancing outcomes while prioritising the well-being of adults in Waltham Forest.

Prepare for the challenge of CQC with the finesse and acumen expected from an executive leader of your calibre. Work harmoniously with a wide range of key internal and external partners including Public Health and the NHS in health partnerships.

As a core member of our corporate team, you will play a central role in the strategic vision of Mission Waltham Forest. Your executive role is integral to delivering this agenda, a testament to your indispensable part in shaping the borough's future.

What We Seek

We're on the hunt for a leader—someone embodying our values, armed with a proven track record of strategic innovation. You possess the innate ability to unite a team towards shared goals while embracing local and national challenges. Your executive brilliance will elevate Adult Services to unprecedented heights.

Seize this pinnacle opportunity to spearhead innovation, navigate financial intricacies, and architect transformative change, shaping the executive future of Adult Services in the esteemed heart of Waltham Forest!

For a confidential discussion about this role, contact our Penna Consultants: Amin Aziz on 07709 514 141 or Dawar Hashmi on 07513 706 262.

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Strategic Director of Children Services    

Salary: Up to £170,000

Elevate your Leadership: Strategic Director of Children Services

Are you an accomplished executive seeking a role that propels you to the forefront of strategic leadership in the heart of London? Waltham Forest invites you to take the helm as the Strategic Director of Children Services, where your executive prowess will shape the future trajectory of our dynamic borough.

Why Waltham Forest

As the Strategic Director of Children Services, you will lead a strong team of professionals, within a thriving department that has gained recognition for its unwavering commitment to excellence. Waltham Forest is not just a location; it's a vibrant community that celebrates cultural richness and fosters innovation. Your strategic leadership will set a new standard for excellence in a visionary council committed to redefining children’s services.

Lead a team of seasoned professionals who eagerly anticipate your executive guidance, ready to pave the way for ground-breaking solutions that redefine the trajectory of our services.

About You

In this influential role, you will be a visible leader, adept at working effectively with partners and families. As the designated Director of Children Services, you will fulfil statutory responsibilities and lead diverse services aimed at improving outcomes while prioritising the safeguarding and well-being of children and young people in Waltham Forest.

As a key part of our Strategic Leadership Team, you will collaborate closely with Chief Executive Linzi Roberts-Egan, receiving the empowerment and support needed to achieve operational excellence, forge effective partnerships with schools and stakeholders, and deliver exceptional value for our community.

Your role is pivotal in applying your experience and expertise to introduce fresh ideas, contributing to the enhancement of priority services such as special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), addressing Education Health and Care plan (EHCP) demand, and future-proofing our social care services.

What We Seek

We are in search of a leader who exemplifies our values, possesses a proven track record of strategic innovation, and has the ability to unite a team towards shared goals.

Seize this opportunity to drive strategic innovation and be the visionary leader at the forefront of shaping the future of Children Services in Waltham Forest!

For a confidential discussion about this transformative role, contact our Penna Consultants: Amin Aziz on 07709 514 141 or Dawar Hashmi on 07513 706 262.

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Corporate Director of Education    

Salary: Up to £126k

Are you a seasoned executive seeking a pivotal role in strategic leadership within the vibrant heart of London? Waltham Forest Council invites you to lead the charge as our Corporate Director of Education, where your expertise will shape the future trajectory of our dynamic borough and the young people we serve.

Why Waltham Forest?

Join a thriving borough known for its unwavering dedication to excellence. Waltham Forest is more than just a location; it is a vibrant community that embraces cultural diversity and encourages innovation. Your strategic leadership will set a new benchmark for excellence in a forward-thinking council committed to transforming children’s services.

About you

As our designated Corporate Director of Education, you will be a visible leader skilled at collaborating effectively with partners, schools, and families. Fulfilling statutory responsibilities, you will lead diverse services aimed at enhancing outcomes while prioritising the safeguarding and wellbeing of children and young people in Waltham Forest. You will be an experienced leader who can evidence how they would achieve inspection readiness within special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)services. You will have a proven track record in enhancing the quality of education provided to young people and meeting sufficiency in school placement needs. You will be both financially and politically astute, directing and guiding your teams and the organisation through complex and challenging issues.

Your role

As a pivotal member of our Corporate Leadership Team, you will work closely with the Strategic Director of Children Services, receiving the support and empowerment necessary to achieve operational excellence. You will forge impactful partnerships with schools and stakeholders, delivering exceptional value for our young people and the community. Your role is crucial in introducing fresh ideas and enhancing priority services such as SEND, addressing Education Health and Care plan (EHCP) demand, and future-proofing our social care services.

What we seek

We are seeking a leader who embodies our values, demonstrates a proven track record of strategic innovation, and can unite a team towards shared objectives. Seize this opportunity to drive strategic innovation and become the visionary leader shaping the future of children and young people in Waltham Forest!

For a confidential discussion about this transformative role, please call our Penna Consultants: Amin Aziz on 07709 514141 or email: amin.aziz@penna.com or Dawar Hashmi on 07513 706265 or email: dawar.hashmi@penna.com

Closing date: Sunday 26 May at midnight

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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.

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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 (please note these are subject to change):

Corporate Director of Education

Activity Date
Closing Date Sunday 26 May 2024
Longlist Meeting Thursday 30 May 2024
Preliminary Technical Interviews via MS Teams Friday 7 June 2024
Stakeholder Panels (in person) Monday 17 June 2024 
Final Panel Interviews (in person) Tuesday 18 June 2024 

At Waltham Forest, we are committed to fostering an inclusive environment. If you are observing Eid-al-Adha during our final panel dates and require accommodations to be made please reach out to our trusted recruitment partner Amin Aziz at Penna on 07709 514 141 to discuss a suitable alternative. 


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Corporate Director of Education

For a confidential discussion about this transformative role, please call our Penna Consultants: Carol Coyle on 07500 887849 or email: carol.coyle@penna.com, Amin Aziz on 07709 514141 or email: amin.aziz@penna.com or Dawar Hashmi on 07513 706265 or email: dawar.hashmi@penna.com

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Activity Date
Closing Date Monday 8 April, midnight
Longlist Meeting (candidates are not required to attend) Thursday 11th April 2024
Preliminary Technical Interviews 23 April 2024
Shortlist Meeting (candidates are not required to attend) 30 April 2024
Stakeholder Panels   10 May 2024 (DCS & DASS)
Final Panel Interviews 16 May 2024 (DCS), 20 May 2024 (DASS)


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

Amin Aziz on 07709 514 141 

Dawar Hashmi on 07513 706 265

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