The county of West Sussex sits on the south coast of England covering 768 square miles and is predominately rural in character but with a number of large towns. Over half of the land area of our county is designated as protected countryside. Our county has good transport links to London via mainline rail services and the M23 corridor. Gatwick Airport offers excellent national and international links. So, think you know West Sussex? One should never judge a book by its cover…

Our County Council has set itself a bold ambition focused on three priorities; giving children the best start in life, championing the local economy and independence for longer later in life. We believe in collaborative working across the local government family, the wider public and private sectors. We believe in changing the lives of all our residents for the better by engaging with our residents, and delivering outcomes which most matter to their lives.

This is no ordinary place; this is a place of extraordinary ambition and opportunity. I know that the more you find out about our county, our ambition, and our opportunity, you will share that same desire to be here making a real difference. As an organisation, we have a strong political commitment to improving the lives of our residents. Despite the challenges which lay ahead for our sector, we have plans to meet this challenge ‘head on’. This does not impact our ambition; this fuels our ambition to improve.

You will find a passionate and dedicated team of staff across our organisation. Alongside this palpable ambition is a genuine sense of opportunity. We have strong partnership relationships with our District and Boroughs, and we have positive relationships with our health, third sector and ‘blue light’ partners. This is what brought me here, and will keep me here. I can’t promise you that our journey ahead will be an easy one, or that every day of your week will be the same with no surprises. But if you are someone who has vision, energy, passion, creativity, resilience and above all an absolute focus on improving the outcomes for our communities, what I can promise you is that we will give you the freedom to change lives in a way that very few of us ever get the chance to do.

Nathan Elvery

Chief Executive, West Sussex County Council

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