Welcome from Councillor Liz Green, Leader of the Council
Thank you for your interest in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames.
As Chief Executive of this Council, you will work alongside the administration to make a difference to people’s lives. You will also make a lasting impression on the future of this vibrant outer London borough.
In May, the Kingston Liberal Democrats were elected to maintain what is great in our community, improve and enhance our environment and look after our most vulnerable residents. We also made a commitment to hard wire community engagement in everything we do. We are looking for a Chief Executive that will support Elected Members and inspire our talented workforce to deliver these promises.
Like many other local authorities, this Council is facing significant financial and demand pressures. What is different about Kingston are the opportunities within our borough, which if approached boldly and creatively, can help us to overcome these challenges. Opportunities such as the proposed ten Crossrail 2 stations, stretches of under-utilised riverside, networked communities and a rich cultural offer steeped in history. Our new Chief Executive will exercise good commercial judgement in respect to these things; increasing the Council's income wherever possible, whilst at the same time, maximising social value. There are a number of projects already in train where this will be essential.
Kingston is embarking on its first major estate regeneration project, and we have made a commitment to put residents at the centre of the plans we develop. To that end, we will be one of the first London boroughs to hold a resident ballot.
As a Council, we embrace collaboration with neighbouring boroughs. Kingston’s children services are delivered by Achieving for Children; an award-winning social enterprise company jointly set up and owned with the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. The company has recently expanded to provide services for the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.
Our schools are known for their great results but this brings its own challenges in terms of school place planning and increasing demand for Special Educational Needs and Disability provision. Our new Chief Executive will have the opportunity to work with a new Director of Children’s Services, to drive down costs by increasing provision in the borough, improving outcomes for young people by keeping them close to their support networks.
Our 'Kingston at Home' programme aims to maximise resilience and independence for adult social care clients but we want to further integrate with health partners to provide the best services with value for money.
We want to build more truly affordable homes. Developers are keen to build here but it is not always what our community wants and needs, so we will start doing it for ourselves, whilst also getting tough with those just out to maximise their profits.
We have many environmental projects on the go, all helping to improve our air quality, biodiversity, street scene and people’s well being, but not always are they connected together to ensure we maximise the impact.
Through our ‘Made in Kingston’ culture strategy, the Council will look at opportunities to promote culture, arts, leisure and heritage to make Kingston a ‘destination borough’, attracting people to not only live here but to work, study, visit and do business in our Royal borough.
All of these things can have a positive impact on people’s quality of life. These are the things that matter to the administration because they matter to the people that call Kingston their home.
I hope you’ll consider joining us so that we can make Kingston better, together.
Councillor Liz Green
Leader of Kingston Council