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Director of South London Partnership

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

The Role


Want to make a difference across five London Boroughs? Looking for a job where two days are never the same? The South London Partnership is looking to recruit a Director to lead its work across Croydon, Kingston upon Thames, Merton, Richmond upon Thames and Sutton.

South London Partnership (SLP) is a sub-regional collaboration of five London boroughs - Croydon, Kingston upon Thames, Merton, Richmond upon Thames and Sutton. Working together and with partners in and beyond its area, SLP champions and seeks to build on the many strengths of South London as a place for people to live, work and thrive. Further information relating to SLP can be found via

As Director you will lead the work of SLP, managing a high performing, friendly team who work across areas as diverse as health and social care, economy, skills, innovation, digital, transport and climate change and deliver programmes worth over £30million.

You will work closely with 5 Council Chief Executives, 4 Leaders and a Mayor and with their Directors and officers as well as a broad range of stakeholders including Universities, Colleges, Bids, Chambers of Commerce, London Councils, the GLA and colleagues in the Integrated Care System. Working in partnership and collaboration you will look to facilitate programmes which benefit the people who live, work and study in South London.

You will need an in-depth understanding of the complexities of local government and experience of working in a diverse political environment, including close working with senior elected members.

We are looking for someone with exceptional verbal and written communication skills as well as effective networking and stakeholder engagement skills. Someone with an in-depth understanding of the context within which South London Partnership operates, including the local, London and national context and challenges for the next 5 years. It’s a long list but it is a rewarding, unique, senior role where you will be able to make a difference across South London.

As Director it is important that you get to know our boroughs, spending time in them and building relationships. However, on a day to day basis how you do that and where you work from is up to you. Our focus is on working in partnership to make a difference for residents and businesses in South London.

For an informal conversation about the role please contact: Clare O’Connor, interim Director of SLP on

The Director role is hosted by Richmond and Wandsworth Councils. We offer a generous holiday allowance of 39 paid days (pro rata) including bank holidays and a wide range of learning and development opportunities. In addition, we offer a comprehensive range of staff benefits such as membership of the Local Government pension scheme, childcare vouchers, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts with many leisure activities, restaurants, shops and other establishments.

Indicative Recruitment Timeline

Closing Date:  midnight October 9th

Shortlisting Date: October 10th

Interview Date:14th & 19th October PM

For an informal conversation about the role please contact: Clare O’Connor, interim Director of SLP on

Useful Information:

The closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. We strongly advise you to complete your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.

Important Information:

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils

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