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Chair - A Better Start Southend

Are you passionate about social justice transforming the lives and life chances of young children?  Can you lead a strategic partnership committed to bringing real and lasting change for children, families and communities in Southend?

We are seeking to recruit a Chair for our A Better Start Southend Programme and you might be the person we need. In 2014, the Pre-School Learning Alliance, in partnership with Southend Borough Council, was awarded £40m by the Big Lottery Fund’s Fulfilling Lives: A Better Start initiative, to innovate and develop interventions to improve the life chances of over 13,000 babies and young children across Southend Borough Council over a 10-year period.

Fulfilling Lives: A Better Start is a ground breaking ‘test and learn’ initiative, involving five sites across England, and an evaluation consortium led by Warwick University. The aim of the initiative is to identify the best methods for laying the foundations for 0-3 year olds to improve their future health, communication and social and emotional outcomes; and to put evidence based early intervention and prevention at the centre of service delivery and practice.

The outcomes of the programme will only be delivered through the transformational change in systems across services for very young children and their families.  Effecting this change will require the active collaboration of all the strategic partners in Southend (Southend Borough Council [including Education, Early Years, Children’s Services, Department of Public Health]; Southend CCG; Southend University Hospital Foundation Trust; South Essex Partnership Trust; Essex Police and Essex Fire Service; Public Health England; Southend Association of Voluntary Services) and the active engagement of, and through co-production with, local people, the workforce and systems leaders.

The Chair will lead the ABSS Partnership Board and will work closely with all our strategic partners to take an overview of the governance, outcomes and impact of ABSS.  The Chair will need to work closely with the CEO of Southend-on-Sea Borough Council.  Together with our Programme Director and CEO, the Chair will play a leading role in moving forward our plans for system change in partnership with local strategic partners and the Big Lottery Fund.

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity to contribute to a major strategic initiative that will transform the lives of our local children over the next eight years and beyond, then please contact the Estella Massiah, Executive Assistant to the CEO PSLA –  to arrange a telephone conversation with our CEO. Alternatively, please send your CV to .  This post is offered on an ‘expenses only’ basis.

The closing date for applications is 11th August 2017. 

Quick facts

This post is offered on an ‘expenses only’ basis.
Southend on Sea, SS2 6ER
Closing date: 
Aug 11, 2017
Job reference: QIv4