The Role

Director of Children’s Services

Competitive Salary

This is a council that serves nearly two million people. This is applying modern approaches to support a highly diverse community. This is a county of diversity and scale, with rural areas and large urban centres. This is a Children’s Services team that is high performing but open to change and innovative thinking. Above all, this is a place where every single child matters.

This is us. This is Hertfordshire.

With a reputation for delivering high quality services and an appetite for fresh ideas, Hertfordshire County Council is challenging expectations and progressing at pace. We’re now looking for a Director of Children’s Services who’s just as keen to look to the future and serve an amazing, growing and diverse community. A thoughtful, collaborative leader, you’ll be child centred and bring well tested and authentic practitioner skills.

As well as leading the Children’s services function you will play a key part in the leadership of the organisation. Corporate thinking will be in your DNA and you’ll be skilled at working in a political environment, operating with a range of stakeholders including elected members, the care provider market and their representative bodies. Working across boundaries you’ll also play a lead role in the joint work we undertake with the ICS and NHS.

Leading a diverse and talented team, you’ll think strategically to ensure children, young people and families get the best from us. And building on existing achievements and progress, you’ll have the support to approach challenges in new ways and take brave decisions. Whether you’re addressing the growing need for SEND provision or bringing partners together to create seamless, high quality care, you’ll see every child as an individual, but keep a focus on the big picture.

This is a very special role, and one that operates at scale; but the key attributes needed are your compassion, authentic leadership and ability to inspire a professional and diverse team.

If you’re ready to take your career and Hertfordshire further, for a confidential discussion please contact our retained consultants at Penna, Carol Coyle on 07500 887849 or email: Maggie Hennessy on 07877 004648 or email: or Julie Towers on 07764 791736 or email:

Closing Date for Applications: 9:00am Friday 28th May 2021