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Assistant Director of Governance (Monitoring Officer)

Ipswich Borough Council

Are you passionate about the role of good governance in shaping public services?
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 an ambitious new corporate strategy and operating model that maximises the many opportunities available and defines our core purpose to champion our community and revitalise our town.

We are on an exciting journey as we look to champion our vibrant communities and prioritise the revitalisation of our county town. As part of this, we are looking for a talented lawyer with a passion for outstanding governance who can help us achieve our ambitions for Ipswich.

About the role
Reporting to the Council’s Director of Resources and with a dotted line to our Chief Executive, this is your opportunity to make a broad and important contribution to the Council’s leadership, governance and decision-making.

You will develop and deliver a portfolio of services which ensure a sound corporate governance framework for the Council, in support of our strategic aims. As our principal legal advisor, you’ll provide the strategic direction, corporate leadership and advice on all matters relating to Legal Services. This post is the Council’s Monitoring Officer and leads the Legal Services, Audit & Fraud and Democratic Services teams, which includes Land Charges and Elections.   

This is a great opportunity to help Ipswich Borough Council’s future governance, decision making and achievements as well as being part of the corporate management team to drive delivery of our new Corporate Plan.  As such it would be an ideal career opportunity for an experienced or aspiring Monitoring Officer or potentially for a suitably qualified solicitor,  barrister or qualified legal executive working in a closely aligned sector.

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 a qualified legal professional (solicitor, barrister or FILEX) who will bring a wealth of enthusiasm, supplemented with experience of working in a complex, multi-faceted legal and governance leadership role. We will give you the opportunity to develop and grow, and can provide the support to help you achieve your professional and career ambitions.

For a confidential discussion please contact: Mark Bearn (07747 181490) or email

To download a copy of the job description, please click here.

Closing date: Sunday 23rd June
To apply:
To apply, please submit an up-to-date copy of your CV (four sides of A4 maximum), along with a supporting statement (four sides of A4 maximum) detailing your experience, and achievements and addressing the key criteria for the role set out on this site and using examples to demonstrate how you meet the requirements. Documents should be uploaded via our website, please include and upload the below information in two documents only. If you experience any issues whilst applying, please contact

Applications should include:

  • Full contact details;
  • Names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees (we will ask your permission before contacting referees);
  • Notification of any dates when you are not available for an interview.

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