Executive Director Children, Young People and Learning

Dear Candidate

Thank you for your interest in West Sussex County Council and in joining our Executive Leadership Team. 

As leader of the council I am passionate about providing services of the very best quality to all of our residents and in particular vulnerable children, young people and their families.

There could not be a more important time for our organisation as we embark on a period of significant change to make vital improvements to both our Children’s Services and the organisation as a whole. I am realistic about the challenges ahead but excited by the opportunity that leading an organisation at this time of change presents.

Before I became leader I was the Cabinet Member for Children and Young People. Improving our Children’s services is my top priority and I have been encouraged by the work we have already achieved through our Children First improvement programme. There is much more to do and if you are someone who has vision, energy, passion, resilience and an absolute focus on improvement, you will have the freedom to change lives in a way that very few of us ever get the chance to do. 

You will have an opportunity to shape a new department and to work with your corporate leadership team colleagues to transform our services. You will play an important part in writing the next chapter of our organisation’s history and I have no doubt that you will be very proud of what you helped achieve. 

West Sussex is a great place to live and work. I am ambitious for the residents of West Sussex, ambitious for this local authority and ambitious for all of our dedicated staff. I am optimistic that we can continue to respond positively to the support and help from our partners in central and local government as we drive forward our improvement work. Our success will rely on your ability to continue our positive collaboration with our partners and adopting a leadership style that takes people with you in the spirit of partnership.

As an executive leader at such a critical time you will have a significant responsibility which is equalled by the opportunity to make, what I am confident will be, a real and positive difference to the lives of children and all of our residents in West Sussex.

I look forward to exploring our journey with you further.

Paul Marshall
Leader, West Sussex County Council