Welcome

Thank you for your interest in this system leadership role, responsible for the strategic public health agenda across Bedford, Central Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes councils.

Our combined service is a well-established partnership that has established a very positive reputation in the region, and our new Director of Public Health will have the opportunity to build on success to date, lead our response to the immediate demands of COVID-19, while also retaining a longer-term view on the wider health and wellbeing indicators for our communities.

The profile and scrutiny of our work in Public Health has never been higher, so it’s important that whoever takes on this key role can manage this attention positively – understanding the importance of democratic accountability and transparency, and offering clear, well-informed data, analysis and recommendations to stakeholders across all three councils and partner organisations.

The three councils present a very varied demographic canvas to work on. A mixture of urban and rural environments, and a highly diverse local population means that the Director will need to be professionally versatile, able to tailor their approach to different settings, and to quickly build their understanding of the three organisations, and local areas.

The post reports directly to me, and I look forward to working closely with the successful candidate, but I will also encourage them to foster strong relationships with colleagues and elected members in all three councils. I believe this is an excellent opportunity for a highly capable and ambitious individual to act as the strategic lead in their professional area, getting the best from their team and making a real difference to quality of life in our local area.

I wish you the best of luck with your application.

Philip Simpkins
Chief Executive, Bedford Borough Council

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We believe this is an excellent opportunity for a highly capable and ambitious individual to act as the strategic lead in their professional area, getting the best from their team and making a real difference to quality of life in our local area.