Chief Operating Officer

Hybrid working
circa. £90,000
The Role

Thank you for your interest in the important role of Chief Operating Officer at the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU). LGiU has a 40-year history. Formed by a group of UK councils back in 1983, we are still owned and run by local government but have now expanded to an international operation. Councils are at the heart of every community -providing essential services and also showing local leadership: mobilising responses to local issues and opportunities. They make decisions that affect people and families in the moment and affect places for generations to come. They are at the heart of everything we do at LGIU.

In 2013, with the appointment of the current Chief Executive, we set out a five year strategy to integrate the different strands of our activity, raise our profile and maintain our membership base, at what remains a financially challenging time for local government. This has created the platform for something even more ambitious and we are now seeking a Chief Operating Officerto help steer the organisation through its next phase. The COO’s focus will be managerial and commercial, leading the operational side of the business, including budgets and governance; managing senior staff and coaching them to maintain an effective performance management culture throughout the organisation; oversight of LGIU’s membership and commercial activities.

You will provide a clear vision for creating internal structures, harness the ideas and talents of our committed people and help develop our future strategy as we continue to grow our organisation. You will be able to build credibility quickly with a range of stakeholders and be an active member of the senior leadership team, with strong communication skills. You will be system-oriented whilst maintaining flexibility and agility according to need and circumstance. Above all, you will be a senior leader who shares our values and who can engage, inspire and influence at all levels of our organisation.


Download the candidate brief to find out about the role.