Dear Candidate,

Thank you for taking the time to look at our website.

Brent is a vibrant Northwest London borough. As one of the UK’s most distinctive places, our long and proud history of ethnic and cultural diversity has created a truly unique authority that is valued by all those who live, work and visit here.

I have been in Brent for almost 10 years, stepping up to become the Corporate Director in September 2022. Now is a good time to join Brent Children and Young People (CYP) services as you will be coming to a newly formed senior management team, building on the strong foundations of the last few years, supported by positive external inspection outcomes.  We’re on a solid footing with good corporate support for children’s work and stable political and corporate leadership, which really benefits children’s services.

There are lots of opportunities to build on this existing strong work, but we want you to help us to take ourselves further forward. I’m looking for people who want a new challenge. You may already be working at this level, but I am also interested in hearing from those who are considering a step up in their career.

For these two senior CYP roles I am looking for people who are passionate about and experienced in delivering outstanding services for children and young people and shaping the future of our organisation as a whole. Inspiring, engaging and motivational leaders who’ll live and breathe our values, adept at identifying and developing talent, driving high standards, value for money and embedding a culture of trust and respect. You’ll empower people within your team to bring new ideas and try new approaches as well inspiring them through your own. You should also be a natural collaborator – someone who can work well with a range of stakeholders, establish productive relationships and see things from different perspectives.

The Council has done significant work on promoting equality and diversity and also promoting opportunities, particularly for people of Black and Asian heritage. I am very keen to encourage applicants for the roles from as wide a range of backgrounds as possible.

I look forward to receiving your application.

Nigel Chapman, Corporate Director, Children and Young People