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Head of Legal and Democratic Services (Deputy Monitoring Officer)

Are you passionate about championing the community and revitalising Ipswich?

Ipswich is a town with a rich heritage and an exciting future. As a regional centre, we play a vital role in Suffolk’s economic success. This is the perfect time to join us. We have developed a new corporate strategy and operating model that maximises the many opportunities available to us and defines our core purpose to champion our community and revitalise our town.

Ipswich Borough Council is on an exciting journey as we focus on championing our communities and revitalising our town. As the Head of Legal and Democratic Services and Deputy Monitoring Officer, you will have a role to place in supporting the Council, colleagues and the wider community in achieving this vision. Reporting into the Head of People & Governance, and deputising for the Council’s Statutory Officer, you will be at the heart of this vibrant vision offering valuable insights and looking to the future of the service. This is your chance to share our pride in Ipswich and shine in this unique opportunity.

About the role

As the Head of Legal and Democratic Services (Deputy Monitoring Officer), you will have the opportunity to develop, co-ordinate, implement and review the annual Operational Plan, ensuring they incorporate the Council’s risk management procedures. You’ll also hold responsibility for the operational area’s budgets and your role will encompass the management and professional development of operational area colleagues, putting you at the forefront of this exciting chapter in the Council’s history. You’ll work to ensure that there are alternative methods of service delivery, external funding and partnership working; ensuring the council operates with best practice at the forefront of everyone’s mind.

This position encompasses the provision of legal advice and services to the council, including representing the council in major cases and public inquiries. You have the opportunity to lead and manage the civic, information governance, elections and land charges functions. You will play a crucial role in ensuring efficient and effective operation, supporting the council as we look to maintain pride and stability within the Council, local businesses and Ipswich as a whole.

About Ipswich

As Britain’s oldest Anglo-Saxon town, we have amazing heritage coupled with great arts and culture. We are an urban borough, home to 140,000 people and just one hour from London, all surrounded by the beautiful Suffolk countryside and coastline. Our Waterfront area, home to the University of Suffolk, the Ipswich Marina and a host of bars, restaurants and leisure facilities, builds on our proud history as a maritime powerhouse.

Let’s talk about you

This is a role for an experienced lawyer who will bring modern ways of working, positivity and sound judgment to the role. You’ll show us your ability to work collaboratively and collegiately across the Council and with partners to achieve our ambitions and serve the people of Ipswich.

Visit to find out more and apply. Or, for a confidential discussion, contact our retained advisors at Tile Hill: Bella Bennett 07918 976494 or Clare Connor 0161 4080703

Head of Legal and Democratic Services (Deputy Monitoring Officer)

Ipswich, UK
£59,625 to £64,146 pay award pending from 1st April 2024 + Statutory Officer Allowance of £5,000

Published on 11 Apr 2024

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