Director of Strategy and Reform
Westminster - London

Vacancy Reference: SLOT-003071

Location: Westminster - London

Closing Date: 19/05/2024

Salary: Circa £150,000 per annum

Employment Type: Secondment only

Department: SMT

Hours Per Week: 35

Location: Home-based or London/office based (The successful candidate will need to come to the LGA’s London office on occasion but we are happy for them to be based anywhere in the country – we don’t want location to be a barrier.)

Term: 6 – 9 month secondment opportunity

About us

The LGA is the national representative body for local government in England. Working on behalf of councils to support, promote and improve local government. We also represent Welsh councils through a corporate membership arrangement with the Welsh LGA. 

We are a politically led, cross-party organisation that works on behalf of councils to ensure local government has a strong, credible voice with national government. We influence and set the political agenda on the issues that matter to councils to help them deliver local solutions to national problems.  We also provide councils with the tools and resources to respond to challenges present and emerging, and support improvement across the sector. 

About the role 

We are looking for a new Interim Director of Strategy and Reform to set the strategic direction of the LGA as an organisation and as the representative body for local government.

This is a key leadership role working with the Chief Executive, the political leadership of the LGA and the wider Senior Management Team to ensure the LGA has ambitious and deliverable evidence-based models to achieve public service reform, and boost the impact of prevention and early intervention strategies.

This role provides a fantastic development opportunity for a senior council colleague, perhaps an aspiring chief executive, to utilise their experience and knowledge to help promote, improve and support local government at a time of significant national change.

You will lead on the development of our corporate strategy and our annual/medium term corporate/business planning processes to ensure that we have an effective organisational strategy in place, with a clear operating model, and a cogent set of structures and capabilities to deliver our priorities, now and in the future and lead our corporate transformation and change programme.

About you 

You will bring a strong, recent track record of successfully leading significant transformation projects, change leadership and programmes within local government and understand the challenges facing the sector and residents.

You will have a successful track record of engaging effectively with others, building productive relationships with a variety of internal and external stakeholders. You will be able to develop and maintain networks that foster personal and organisational credibility with your highly developed communication skills, to achieve outcomes and deliver change through people.

You will be an empowering leader, inspiring confidence, energy and enthusiasm to motivate and create a high performing, resilient, and inclusive workforce.  A strategic thinker, capable of seeing the bigger picture, by designing and articulating a clear vision for change in a changing environment.

To Apply

If you would like to be considered for the role, please include your CV and a supporting statement (expression of interest) detailing how you meet the criteria of the role before the closing date (no longer than 2 sides of A4).

We use anonymous recruitment, which is the practice of hiding candidates’ identities. This process involves removing any identifying information from candidates’ applications which includes names. We are unable to remove candidate’s names from their CV’s. If you wish to remain anonymous, we ask that you take your name off your CV before submitting.

Closing Date:         5pm,19 May 2024
Interview Date:     29 May 2024

At the LGA we celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. Our recruitment decisions are based on fair, open competition, with appointment on merit. The LGA are proud to be awarded a “Disability Confident Leader”.  If you are require  an reasonable adjustment, which is a change to the format or conditions of the recruitment process to accommodate any disability-related needs you may have. Please contact us via 

You must have the right to work in the UK, the LGA are unfortunately unable to offer sponsorship visas. Evidence for the right to work in the UK will be requested at the interview stage. 

Our values & behaviours 

    Our Values and Behaviours are there to give us an understanding of who we are as an organisation and who we want to be. They are a framework to help us understand:

    • how we work with each other 
    • how we work with our members and stakeholders
    • our expectations for ourselves and each other 

    Our values are:

    Inclusive - We ensure that our work is inclusive of all voices. 

    Ambitious - We are ambitious for councils and their communities and are committed to striving for excellence in all that we do to support our colleagues, our membership and the sector to deliver the best possible outcomes.

    Collaborative - We bring together the expertise and skills needed, working as one team.


    This vacancy is now closed. We are no longer accepting applications for this position.