Dear Candidate,

Thank you for your interest in our organisation and in joining our Corporate Leadership Team as the Director of Communities. I would like to share with you some information regarding the role and our ambitions for West Sussex.

West Sussex has a rich history and a great quality of life. Our residents are living longer but we face demographic challenges whereby community needs are becoming more complex and acute. I am therefore looking for someone to work alongside me to create great outcomes for our residents and communities, for which we have extraordinary ambition and opportunity.

I have been in post since February 2017 having previously been the chief executive of Crawley Borough Council. I have lived in West Sussex for over 10 years and I know that the more you find out about our wonderful county, our ambition and our opportunity you will share that same enthusiasm to be here making a difference.

In joining us as the Director of Communities, you will be a key member of our leadership team. You will have the opportunity to shape our corporate place strategy, and create our future place legacy. Working directly with me, you will work in the Place Services Department alongside the Directors of Highways, Transport, and Planning; and Environment and Public Protection shaping and delivering our ambitious place plans across the county. As Director of Communities you will also play a leading role in our partnership work, especially with the district and boroughs on our growth deals and One Public Estate, delivering our customer strategy and taking forward our community hubs programme.

We are an ambitious organisation with a bold and strong political commitment to improving the lives of our residents. Despite the challenges which lie ahead for our organisation and our sector we have plans to meet them 'head on'. You will find a passionate and dedicated team of staff in the Directorate and across our organisation. 

This role is a challenging one but it brings with it the excitement and reward of being able to work right across the county, on a diverse range of initiatives, that when delivered will be hugely important to the community today and for the future. To succeed you will need vision, energy, passion, creativity, resilience, a focus on delivery and above all a leadership style that takes people with you on the journey in the spirit of partnership.

Thank you for taking the time to find out more about this opportunity to make a real and positive difference to the lives of the residents of West Sussex. 

I look forward to exploring our journey with you further.

Lee Harris
Executive Director, Place Services