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Chief Executive Officer | Libraries for Life

Libraries for Life

Are you an inspiring leader with a passion for delivering high quality and innovative services? Libraries for Life (LfL) is looking for their first Chief Executive Officer to channel their potential to help shape and lead the future of Libraries in Hertfordshire.

  • Location: Hertfordshire
  • Salary: £70,000 - £75,000

About the role

Libraries for Life (LfL) has been created as a charity to build on the success of Hertfordshire’s Library Services and aim to raise the profile and improve facilities and services to residents. In fact, LfL want to go much further, their vision is to create vibrant hubs within their communities.

LfL has 500 staff and 1,500 volunteers across 46 libraries. It is a complex, multi-site business operation which includes CreatorSpaces, Performing Arts and much more.

Building on the current service’s good reputation, the Chief Executive Officer will have a visible role in seeking new partners and finding opportunities to exploit the huge potential they still have in most of their spaces. This will further raise the profile of the library service and create openings to engage with new customers.

Who we're looking for

The Chief Executive Officer will also focus on building an enterprising work culture and an environment capable of delivering innovative and commercially sustainable services and of successfully leading change.

LfL is increasingly aspirational for its customers, staff and volunteers and believes that with independence, commercial freedom and the ambition to explore new commercial and partnership opportunities, there is enormous potential for the future. To promote this vision, they need an inspirational leader.

To hear more about this opportunity please speak to our advising consultants:

Lucy Mavers | 07947 935068 | lucy@peridotpartners.co.uk

Grant Taylor | 07958 690184 | grant@peridotpartners.co.uk

Closing date for applications: 9am, Tuesday 17th March 2020

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Lucy Mavers

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Dear Candidate,

Thank you for your interest in the Chief Executive Officer position at Libraries for Life (LfL). This role is crucial in helping to shape and lead the future of Hertfordshire Library Services.

LfL is a new Public Service Mutual with charitable status, which is due to take over the delivery of public library services in Hertfordshire from 1st April 2020. We believe that independence from the constraints of the County Council and the commercial freedom to explore new funding and partnership opportunities will offer the greatest scope to continue to deliver an affordable, sustainable and responsive library service for Hertfordshire residents.

Hertfordshire has 46 libraries (including three CreatorSpaces), plus online services and Performing Arts, attracting 5.7 million visits a year.

The Chief Executive Officer will provide the vital leadership and strategic direction needed. We are looking for an exceptional leader with a demonstrable track record of innovation in customer facing services. You’ll have experience of leading successful change and transformation in large staff teams and organisational cultures while remaining inclusive and supportive to staff throughout.

If you are interested in this, we would be delighted to receive your application. For a confidential and informal discussion about this opportunity please contact Lucy Mavers, lucy@peridotpartners.co.uk.

A new charity delivering pioneering library services across Hertfordshire

Libraries for Life (LfL) is a new charitable organisation, known as a Public Service Mutual, created by Hertfordshire County Council that was granted the contract for library services provision in the county.

The organisation – which has ‘grown out of the senior management team of the library service’ – is separate from the council but with a county councillor acting as a trustee.

Through being awarded charitable status, it will save an estimated £500,000-a-year in business rates and can consider income from event sponsorship, philanthropic donations and alternative options.

The County Council, which before was responsible for the 46 libraries, decided to contract-out the service in October 2019 with LfL winning the contract against competition from other bidders. Their initial contract runs until 30th November 2024 and has the option to renew for a further five years.

Their vision and values


“Enriching the lives of individuals and communities by fostering knowledge, creativity, imagination and understanding.”


  • Customers and community focus
  • Quality and integrity
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Collaboration and empowerment

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If you would like an informal conversation around the role, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Lucy Mavers | 07947 935068 | lucy@peridotpartners.co.uk

Grant Taylor | 07958 690184 | grant@peridotpartners.co.uk

To apply, please submit a CV and supporting statement (the supporting statement should be a maximum of two sides of A4) that clearly outlines your suitability for the role against the experience criteria in the person specification and explains your motivation for applying.

Please ensure that your application is emailed to response@peridotpartners.co.uk inserting “Chief Executive Officer, Libraries for Life” into the subject field.

We wish to encourage applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief. All applications will be considered solely on merit.

Disabled applicants are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the job, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.


Closing date: 9am, Tuesday 17th March 2020
Longlisting: Monday 23rd March 2020
Preliminary interviews: Monday 30th March – Wednesday 1st April 2020
Shortlisting: Monday 6th April 2020
Final interviews: Tuesday 21st April 2020

Equal Opportunities Monitoring

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