Head of Corporate Governance and Legal (and Monitoring Officer)

£53,241 to 56,500 (+ 10% M.O. stat. officer position)
09 Mar 2021
10 May 2021
Job role
Head of Service
Contract Type
Full time

We have an exciting opportunity and newly-created role at Copeland Borough Council, based within our Corporate Governance and Legal Department.

As the Head of Corporate Governance and Legal, you will work closely with Chief Officers, Members and peers to drive forward the Council’s vision, strategic priorities and corporate objectives. You will lead the management, development, performance and continuous improvement of the Council’s legal, democratic  and  governance functions, delivering high quality, trusted and efficient services to Members, officers and service users.

Your legal experience will assist you in acting as the Council’s Monitoring Officer, to ensure that we have effective and robust corporate governance arrangements in place through the leadership and management of corporate functions. You will ensure that governance arrangements are legally compliant and fit for purpose and that all decisions taken by Members and officers are lawful.

You will have a law degree or an equivalent professional qualification and will be able to demonstrate a successful track record in the leadership and management of legal, constitutional and democratic processes, as well as a full working knowledge of corporate governance compliance.

A minimum of 3 years operational and practical legal experience in a local government/public sector organisation is desirable.

Copeland is an attractive borough in which to work – both in terms of striking scenery and affordability. It boasts stunning natural beauty, with landscapes bounded by the quiet sandy beaches of the west coast, mountains with tranquil valleys, rivers and lakes, and a variety of small towns and villages full of character. In the majestic Wasdale Valley is Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England and ‘Britain’s Favourite View’ Wastwater, the deepest lake in England. Statistically the most affordable local authority in England and Wales in 2017, with median house prices being 2.7 times median workplace-based annual earnings, Copeland is one of the North West’s most exciting areas.

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Closing date:  Tuesday 6th April (5.00 pm)