Director of Adults’ Social Care and Health


A message from our Chief Executive

Thank you for your interest in West Sussex County Council and in joining our Executive Leadership Team.

There could not be a more important time for our organisation. We are on an improvement journey that places residents, customers and partners at the heart of everything we do. In the past two years we have made giant leaps forward - supporting people through the COVID-19 pandemic, making significant improvements in Children’s Services and Fire and Rescue Services, and setting a new four-year corporate plan to sustain these improvements and build upon them.

In my two years as Chief Executive I have been hugely proud of our ongoing response to COVID-19 to support residents, staff, communities and businesses, while continuing our commitment to improving our organisation to design and develop fundamental services for West Sussex residents.

There is still more work to do to make these changes sustainable for the longer term and to build on our achievements. I am looking for a great leader to work closely with me and our Executive Leadership Team to lead and drive the commitments we have made in our council plan, in particular around keeping people safe from vulnerable situations and helping people and communities to fulfil their potential.

West Sussex is a great place to live and work. We are ambitious for the residents, communities and businesses of West Sussex, as well as this local authority and all our partners. We are confident that we can continue to respond positively as we deliver our improvement work. Our future success will rely on your ability to continue our positive collaboration with our staff and our wide range of partners.

If you are someone who has vision, creativity, passion and resilience with an absolute focus on innovative improvement, you will play an important part in writing the next chapter of our organisation’s history. I have no doubt that you will be very proud of what you help us to achieve.

If you have the experience, skills and attitude to make this a success, and you’re prepared for the challenge that lies ahead, I look forward to exploring our journey with you further.

Becky Shaw
Chief Executive

Becky Shaw Chief Executive


About us

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West Sussex is an English county based on the south coast, neighbouring Hampshire to the west, Surrey to the north and East Sussex to the east.

With the picturesque South Downs to the north and beautiful beaches to the south, there is lots to see and do.

West Sussex is also home to Gatwick Airport, many market towns, Arundel Castle, the cathedral city of Chichester and the internationally renowned Goodwood estate, known for its horse racing and motorsport.

With its own internal airport and proximity to London, West Sussex is well serviced by transport links. Some approximate journey times by train and plane to some of the UK’s major cities are:

  • London - 30 minutes by train
  • Manchester - 3 hours by train
  • Cardiff - 3 hours by train
  • Southampton - 2 hours by train
  • Glasgow - 1 and a half hours by plane
  • Belfast - 2 hours by plane

Commuting times to our offices

You can get to our offices located around West Sussex in under an hour from some of the south’s major towns and cities:

  • Southampton to our Chichester office - 45 minutes
  • Portsmouth to our Bognor Regis office - 33 minutes
  • Guildford to our Horsham office - 43 minutes
  • Croydon to our Horsham office - 38 minutes
  • Leatherhead to our Crawley office - 45 minutes
  • Eastbourne to our Worthing office - 60 minutes
  • Brighton to our Worthing office - 36 minutes

You can find out more about West Sussex on our dedicated Experience West Sussex website.

About the job

Salary: Up to £150K plus relocation assistance
Working pattern: Full-time
Contract length: Permanent
Location: Chichester, with flexible working arrangements

The County Council is on an improvement journey. Over the past two years we have supported people through the pandemic, made significant service improvements and developed our corporate infrastructure.

Reporting to the Chief Executive and part of the Executive Leadership Team, the role will build on this progress. This will ensure the professional leadership of the adult social care and public health agenda and that we continue to place our residents, communities and businesses at the heart of everything we do.

You will lead our adults social care and public health services with our Director of Public Health, implementing a new adult social care strategy; developing and implementing cost effective and innovative strategies for provision of services, underpinned by focused business and financial planning and targeted investment.

You will lead the partnership working with all parts of the health service and the Sussex independent care sector. You will also work with others effectively to ensure we have a successful local health and social care system.

As an experienced Director of adult social care you will have:

  • excellent leadership and communication skills
  • a proven track record of delivery, resource management and leadership of a complex set of services in the context of a local health and social care system
  • the ability to develop productive working relationships internally and with external partners and providers.

This is a tremendous opportunity to make a difference at the very heart of an organisation with renewed purpose and strong leadership, while working in a place that is ambitious to fulfil its enormous potential.


You can arrange a confidential conversation with either Keith Hinkley, Director of Adults and Health (, or Becky Shaw, Chief Executive (, by emailing them directly or by phoning Cat Saunders on 033 022 24846.

Apply for the role of Director of Adults’ Social Care and Health (external link)

This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.


Closing date: Sunday 13 February 2022.
Interviews: Stakeholder panels will be held on Tuesday 22 February 2022 in Chichester. The final appointment panel will be held on Wednesday 23 February 2022. Overnight accommodation will be provided, if required.

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