Thank you for your interest in this key leadership role here at New Forest District Council.





This is a key strategic leadership role within the Council: joining the executive management team and taking lead responsibility for the People priorities as set out within our emerging Corporate Plan.

As the largest provider of social rented properties in the district the Council plays an essential part in the social and economic wellbeing of our community. And alongside the wider strategic housing agenda that includes homelessness, building new homes and the associated infrastructure essential to successful communities, we recognise the importance of this role’s contribution. The New Forest district is a highly desirable place to live and offers much to its residents. But it’s also a place of great diversity and inequality. Many of our residents face financial challenges that have been exacerbated by stark increases in the cost of living. It’s vital that we can support all in our community to live in good quality, affordable homes. We understand how this basic need is a vital foundation to achievement and wellbeing in other areas of people’s lives.

You can be assured that you’ll be joining an organisation that is committed to its people; to creating a supportive environment where professional and personal development is encouraged; and where all contributions are valued and welcomed.  Beyond our approach to our people, it really is all about the place, and there can’t be many better places to enjoy your work than the unique natural environment we are proud to be the custodians of.

As one of the largest districts in the country, the New Forest provides a supportive environment to develop and deliver with an impact that is recognised by our members and our communities.

With council commitment and the Leader and myself championing these priorities there’s never been a more exciting or more transformative time to join New Forest District Council; from moving forward with a local plan, significant initiatives around infrastructure, our green agenda, supporting the delivery of the Solent Freeport, pro-actively delivering town centre regeneration, and delivering economic development that works for our unique place.

The New Forest is a fascinating place that we will be delighted to introduce you to if you don’t already know it.

Kate Ryan
Good luck in your application.
Kate Ryan
Chief Executive


New Homes


The Council has engaged Solace in Business to support this important appointment.

I encourage you to contact them on 020 7976 3311, so that you can discuss the role in confidence and see why this is such a great career opportunity.