Dear Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in becoming our Assistant Director, Digital & IT for the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames and the London Borough of Sutton.

We have ambitious plans for the future of our boroughs, and see digital thinking and technology as being fundamentally important for our plans to achieve them. Over the past few years, our shared IT service has led a series of significant upgrades to our technology platforms. Our introduction of Google Apps for Work has typified our willingness to take bold decisions and back them with effective implementation and delivery. The IT offer for employees and the benefits to customers through additional flexibility and productivity have been significant.

The opportunity now exists to build on this platform and instil a much wider digital approach to the work of the two Councils, whilst recognising that the effective delivery of existing IT services is ever more important to successfully meet the current expectations of our residents.

Kingston and Sutton established a fully integrated shared ICT service in 2013; the first of its kind in London. In addition, the shared service is the ICT provider to Achieving for Children, the Community Interest Company delivering Children’s Services across Kingston and Richmond.

We now have a strong technological platform and our real driver is around further enhancing the digital agenda to enable effective service delivery and ensure digital services are at the forefront, with a strong direction for future investment and improvement.

The Councils are looking for a candidate who will bring a strong understanding and proven experience of leading our ambitions around digital change; someone who can demonstrate excellent relationship management and creative flair to lead the shared service to the next stage of our journey. Community and key stakeholder engagement will be critical to this.

The successful candidate will work closely in partnership with leaders across our organisations, communities and businesses to shape and deliver digital service transformation and support our wider corporate change programmes.

You will need to combine a high level of commercial acumen with a focus on results and the ability to align digital strategy across multiple corporate priorities. If you believe you can offer the right mix of digital experience, influential leadership, drive and innovation during a time of transformational change, we very much look forward to hearing from you.

Stephen Evans
Director, Communities
Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames

Richard Simpson
Interim Strategic Director of Resources
London Borough of Sutton