Chief Executive

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Bristol City Council
up to £187,163
Closing date:
28th July 2024
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Recruitment timetable

Closing Date
28th July 2024
Longlist Meeting
31st July 2024
Technical Interviews (virtual)
21st August 2024 (To Be Confirmed)
Shortlist Meeting
29th August 2024
Assessment Centre (Face To Face)
4th September 2024 (To Be Confirmed)
Stakeholder Panels And Interviews (Face To Face)
5th September 2024 (To Be Confirmed)
Full Council Ratification Of Appointment
Tuesday 10th September 2024


Bristol is a dynamic, energetic and diverse city with international reputation, a rich history and a tapestry of vibrant communities that make it a great place to live, visit and do business. Exciting regeneration schemes are reshaping our city, town centres, neighbourhoods and water front. We are a growing city, attracting inward investment, creating jobs, developing excellent learning and skills opportunities that support residents to be successful, and through improved transport links we are making Bristol more accessible. However, like all cities, we have our challenges, the city’s success doesn’t reach everyone living here. There are long-standing social and economic inequalities, plus the challenge of a growing population and ecological and climate emergencies. We are focusing the resources available to us on creating a city of hope and aspiration that is inclusive, sustainable and healthy, and where everyone can share in the many opportunities available. We are creating a cleaner and greener city, proactively tackling climate change, with the belief that we can create a better and more equitable Bristol.

Our new Chief Executive will not only be a central figure and ambassador for the city, but will be expertly focused on getting the basics right, empowering the corporate leadership team to achieve better outcomes and lead improvements across all service areas. Your authentic approach will enable the council and Members to work collaboratively across political boundaries, recognising that we all want the best for Bristol, and maximising our collective resolve to make a difference and realise the ambitions of our residents. As the Chief Executive of a Core City, you will ensure we are a positive force with our peers, able to influence regionally and nationally, including with government. With a new administration and governance structure, supporting Members in navigating the recently implemented Committee system, you will play a crucial role in ensuring we empower our communities and hold the voice of residents at the heart of decision making.

As an experienced leader, you will not only embrace the diversity and vibrancy of our city, but will celebrate difference, promoting an environment that respects the values, attitudes and beliefs across cultures, and ensures that we respond and design services that respect those differences. We are looking for someone to bring innovation to how we design and deliver services, to rethink how we do things and unlock Bristol’s potential.

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Working at Bristol City Council

We have an ambitious vision to build a better Bristol that includes everyone in the city’s success and leaves no one behind. We’re looking for innovative and talented individuals who can help us achieve this vision. We want people who share our values and commitment to serve the city, its communities and citizens.  At Bristol City Council, we value having a workforce as diverse as the city we serve. We welcome applications from candidates that are under-represented across our workforce including; Disabled candidates, black and racially minoritised candidates and LGBTQ+ candidates.  Appointments will be made on merit.

How to apply

  • Please apply by submitting a CV and supporting statement (no more than 4 sides of A4 in length per document). Please also include your contact details.
  • Please ensure your full employment history is outlined in your application including any education or employment gaps. Please detail how you meet the essential criteria, competencies and qualification requirements detailed in the role specification.
  • In your supporting statement, please share with us the values and behaviours that you bring to your leadership, and how you will transfer your skills and experience to this role.
  • 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.
  • You will be asked to complete an Equal Opportunities monitoring form as part of the application process.
  • Please let us know any difficulty you may have with the indicative timetable.
  • Check that your contact details are correct before you submit your application.

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The following consultants are managing this role and will be happy to answer any questions that are not covered in the person specification on the next webpage.

Philip Emms
07590 225 472
Sandra Jones
07826 404091
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