Letter from Cllr James Jamieson, Leader of Central Bedfordshire Council & LGA Chairman

When Central Bedfordshire was first established in 2009, we inherited failing adult and children’s services financial challenges and staff who were beleaguered following a fractious local government review and reorganisation.   Ten years on, we have strong and well regarded services, a sound financial footing and dramatically improved staff engagement and customer satisfaction ratings.  We are in a good place.  And we want someone to join us join us with the ambition to take us from good to great.

We are now creating a 2050 long-term vision for Central Bedfordshire which will see us being more sustainable, more efficient and delivering better outcomes for our communities, so this is the ideal time to join us to lead us through the next stage of our development.

Our authority is in a good position to support local people and businesses with a strong management team in place, a great workforce and stable but ambitious political leadership.   Our hard work over many years means now have strong foundations on which to build.

We are not amongst those councils that are having to develop emergency budgets and to make painful decisions in response to the pandemic.  Our staff and our services have risen to countless challenges in recent weeks and made enormous efforts to help us to save lives, support the vulnerable, and protect livelihoods. We have embraced digital solutions, changed our ways of working, delivered our services in different ways and in some cases, delivered different services.   We are working through how we might build on some of the opportunities that have emerged from the public health emergency and what this might mean for the way we work in the future. Both our residents and our staff have learnt to do much more digitally and at breakneck speed than we might have thought possible. We have seen amazing levels of voluntary and community effort. The question we are asking ourselves is how do we build on all this to build better services?

We are looking to appoint a new Chief Executive who will do just that – lead on building a great future.

If you share our ambition and passion for Central Bedfordshire and have a great balance of a strong commercial focus and absolute dedication to deliver great outcomes for our communities, I very much hope you will be in touch.

We look forward to welcoming you to Central Bedfordshire - It is a great place to live and work.

Cllr James Jamieson, Leader of Central Bedfordshire Council & LGA Chairman