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  • Corporate Director Growth, Environment & Transport Kent County Council

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    Letter to Applicant 3 Introduction to Kent County Council 4-5

    Structure of KCC 6-7

    Our Commitments 8

    Corporate Director Growth, Environment & Transport

    Job Description and Recruitment Selection Criteria

    Kent Values

    Working for Kent County Council

    Selection Process

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    Corporate Director - Growth, Environment & Transport Thank you for the interest you have shown in this exciting and challenging senior role,

    leading a diverse range of key frontline, strategic, policy and commercial functions at a time

    of significant transformation within Kent County Council.

    We are looking for an individual with the ability to influence and persuade through personal

    credibility and integrity and with a proven track record in leading strategic, county-wide and

    community based services. You should also have experience of working in partnership with

    other private & public sector agencies to ensure the delivery and development of economic

    growth and county-wide infrastructure.

    As a member of the corporate management team you will be expected to play an active role in

    the creation, development and implementation of effective strategy across both your area of

    responsibility and across the wider County Council.

    This is an exciting time to join Kent County Council so if you have the drive and ambition to

    deliver a wide ranging transformation agenda then I look forward to hearing from you.

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    Introduction to Kent County Council

    Visit our website at ‘’

    We are the UK’s largest local authority, with a workforce in excess of 33,000 people, including

    maintained schools, serving a population of 1.4 million. We have various offices in central

    locations and a large number of service establishments throughout Kent; our corporate office

    is based in Maidstone. More than two thirds of our workforce provides services directly to the public – such as

    domiciliary Care Workers, Classroom Assistants, Social Workers, Teachers, and

    Occupational Therapists etc. Our annual budget covers a huge range of services. This translates into a host of interesting

    roles and career paths awaiting those who want to work in a leading edge public sector

    organisation. Aims and objectives

    The main objective for the County Council is to enhance the quality of the lives of all of Kent’s

    residents by looking after Kent’s long term future and environment and the provision of

    services for residents. The County Council aims to improve its services continuously and

    ensure that they are good value for money. We have set out our priorities and commitments

    with our medium term plan ‘Bold Steps for Kent’ with the following key headings: • To help the Kent economy grow

    • To put the citizen in control

    • To tackle disadvantage

    To see a copy of the ‘Bold Steps’, ‘Facing the Challenge’, and ‘Vision for Kent’ documents, or

    please visit our website – under ‘Your Council’.

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    Political Arrangements The County Council has 84 electoral divisions and elections take place every four years. The political composition of the County Council is as follows:


    45 members


    17 members


    13 members

    Liberal Democrat

    7 members

    Independents Group

    2 members

    The Leader of Kent County Council is Paul Carter. There is a Cabinet of executive Members which meets regularly to debate policy issues and make key decisions.

    The Cabinet comprises:

    Paul Carter CBE Leader and Cabinet Member for Business Strategy, Audit &


    John Simmonds MBE Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance & Procurement

    David Brazier Cabinet Member for Environment & Transport

    Gary Cooke Cabinet Member for Corporate & Democratic Services

    Mark Dance Cabinet Member for Economic Development

    Graham Gibbens Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care & Public Health

    Roger Gough Cabinet Member for Education & Health Reform

    Mike Hill Cabinet Member for Community Services

    Bryan Sweetland Cabinet Member for Commercial & Traded Services

    Jenny Whittle Cabinet Member for Specialist Children’s Services

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    Structure of KCC The structure of the organisation is as shown here The Senior Officer team consists of six Corporate Directors. For more information on the Corporate Management Team please follow this link The four directorates are as follows:

    Growth, Environment and Transport

    The Directorate comprises a range of key frontline, strategic, policy and commercial

    functions, and plays a major role in making Kent a better place to live, work and visit. The

    services provided, and the future the directorate helps to shape, affects every household in

    Kent. This includes strategic responsibility for the future of the county in terms of planning,

    economic development, transport policy, and major transport improvement schemes, waste

    disposal and recycling services. In addition to a range of leisure and cultural facilities

    including the Turner Contemporary; country parks; libraries; and enforcement services

    including trading standards and community safety.

    Responsible for services that include: Highways, Transportation & Waste, Regulatory Services, Economic Development,

    Community Safety & Emergency Planning, Regulatory Services, Libraries, Registration &

    Archives, Sport and Country Parks, Arts including Kent Film Office, Development Planning,

    Planning applications, North Downs Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Flood risk and

    Environment, Sustainability and Climate Change, and Heritage Conservation.

    Social Care, Health and Wellbeing

    The Directorate provides social care and public health services to Kent’s adults, children,

    young people, and their families. Providing Social Care Services for the people of Kent to

    live safely and independently in their local communities. The core objectives are to support

    people with particular needs to live as independently and fully as possible. Access advice,

    information and services easily, support with help where needed.

    Responsible for services that include Adult Social Care, Children’s Social Care, Adoption

    and Fostering, Children and Young People Disability Services, Assessment and Enablement

    and Public Health.

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    Education and Young People Services

    This Directorate combines Education services with targeted services for children and young

    people designed to reduce demand for specialist services. By focusing on prevention and

    early intervention, our aim is to reduce demand in education and children’s social services

    by helping families earlier, improving parenting skills and the health and educational

    outcomes of young children, ensuring they are school ready. We will intervene earlier to

    support families in crisis through area based working and joined up teams providing a more

    seamless service and better working arrangements with our partners.

    Responsible for services including Standards and School Improvement, Skills and

    Employability, Provision Planning, Fair Access, Educational Psychology, SEN Assessment

    and Placement, Youth Work, Youth Justice, Outdoor Education Centres, Children’s Centres,

    Inclusion and Attendance, Early Intervention and Community Learning and Skills.

    Strategic and Corporate Services

    The Directorate supports the work of the directorates by providing specialist expertise and

    strategic direction. The department also leads and co-ordinates major change and

    organisational development. Responsible for services that include Human Resources,

    Finance & Procurement, Governance and Law, Property and Infrastructure, Information

    Technology, Media and Communications, Consultation and Engagement, Customer