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Head of Legal and Democratic Services (Deputy Monitoring Officer)

Ipswich Borough Council

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 ambitious 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 Assistant Director for 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 (and Deputy Monitoring Officer), you will support good governance across the Council and enable delivery of the corporate strategy. You will have the opportunity to develop, co-ordinate, implement and review the annual Service Plan, ensuring compliance with the Council’s risk management procedures. You'll also hold responsibility for the service area’s budgets and your role will encompass the management and professional development of service 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 07918976494 or Clare Connor 01614080703 

Closing date for applications: Sunday 21st  April at midnight.

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.

Recruitment Timeline:

  • Closing Date: Midnight on Sunday 21st April
  • Longlist Meeting (no candidate involvement): Thursday 25th April
  • Technical interviews (virtual): Monday 29th April - Wednesday 1st May
  • Shortlist Meeting (no candidate involvement): Wednesday 1st May
  • Psychometric Assessments: (online) Wednesday 1st May - Sunday 7th May
  • Final Panel (in person): Thursday 9th May or Friday 10th May 

At Tile Hill, we are committed to inclusion and accessibility. We champion and support all individuals to ensure everyone feels valued, listened to and motivated to get the very best out of each recruitment process and that processes are designed to meet the needs of individuals. If you have any specific requests and would like a confidential discussion with the Tile Hill team, then please email

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Associate Consultant - Executive Search

Bella Bennett

Associate Consultant - Executive Search

Ipswich Borough Council

Ipswich, Suffolk


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

REF: 1509738

Expires: 21/04/24 23:59

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