Executive Director, Children’s Social Care and Education

Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council
£123,677 (more available for an exceptional candidate)

Sefton is a confident and connected borough which embraces the best of both worlds. Spanning the busy Port of Liverpool, the famous Antony Gormley ‘Another Place’ installation at Crosby, attractive beaches and dunes, the distinct communities of Formby and Maghull, and the Victorian resort town of Southport, the diversity of the borough provides a unique mix of urban and natural settings.


We are on a journey of improvement in children’s services and are currently seeking an Executive Director for Children’s Social Care and Education who will lead our transformation work, bringing vision, ambition and drive to these vital services. We recognise we have challenges to overcome and you will play a key role in what is a supportive and established executive leadership team, working with partners and colleagues to shape the borough and improve outcomes for all our communities.

We are investing a further £20m into the transformation of children’s services which means we will have increased our budget by 85% over the last 4 years. With strong political support and a committed workforce, our ambition and aspiration for our children and families is paramount; we have significantly increased our management capacity and have a relentless focus on supporting good practice. Our relationships with our educational, health and voluntary sector partners is strong but we recognise that we can do more to improve, so someone with partnership experience in these areas would be welcomed.

We are investing in our workforce and are promoting opportunities to our under-represented groups. We value equality, diversity and inclusion and are focused on increasing the diversity of our workforce, particularly the number of Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic, Disabled and LGBTQ+ people, so that our teams reflect the communities in the area we serve.

Our new Executive Director must therefore be able to lead, influence and motivate people successfully through change, whilst maintaining a strong performance culture. You will help us develop integrated services with our education, health and voluntary sector partners, and ensure that the voice and experience of children is at the heart of all that we do.

This is a corporate post directly managed by the Chief Executive, and corporate leadership is an essential element of this role. Hence, the postholder will need to support the delivery of the new corporate plan and ensure that it is aligned with the vision for children’s services.

If you are a senior leader with experience of leading change and improvement in children’s services and arecommitted to making a difference to the lives of children, young people, families and carers in Sefton, then we would love to hear from you.


For more information please download the role pack and role profile below, or contact Luke Judd at Starfish on 07435 270659 or via luke.judd@starfishsearch.com


Closing Date for applications
15th April 2023

Technical Interviews (Microsoft teams)
10th or 11th May 2023

Assessment Centre
25th May 2023

Final Interview
26th May 2023