Dear Candidate,

Thank you for your interest in the position of Chief Executive of Ipswich Borough Council.

Ipswich is a town with a proud history and plenty to look forward to. We face the same challenges as many from the effects of Covid and the cost of living crisis but we are hugely ambitious for our town.

From the provision of a comprehensive range of inhouse services and wholly-owned income generating companies, to a large scale council house building programme, delivering £25m of Town Deal schemes and major rebuilds of facilities to deliver our carbon neutral goals - the breadth and scale of the Council’s activities makes Ipswich one of the most interesting and rewarding district councils to work for.

We want an inspirational leader who is ready to ensure we deliver brilliantly over the next decade. You will have the highest ambitions and expectations for us as a council, a town and the diverse communities we are proud to serve. You will ensure that, as Ipswich continues to grow, no one is left behind.

In doing all of this you will build and inspire a great team, not only among our staff but with our many partners so we can continue to deliver heath improvements with the Integrated Care System, build on the Connected Town concept with Ipswich Vision and ensure Ipswich benefits from Suffolk’s County Devolution Deal.

As Chief Executive you’ll test boundaries, including your own, and will be joining at a time when we are hopefully emerging from the shadow of Covid and able to focus on making a success of the economic, financial, social and environmental challenges that lie ahead.

If you are confident, capable and ambitious enough to want to make a positive contribution to Ipswich then we’d love to talk to you.

Yours sincerely,

Councillor David Ellesmere

Leader of Ipswich Borough Council