Town Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer - Full Time



Salary Scale LC3 (SCP 42-45)  £46,662- £50,074 per annum F/T (37 hrs per week)

Membership of LGPS (Dorset Pension Fund)


Christchurch Town Council is one of the newly formed Town Council’s in Dorset following Local Government Re-Organisation in 2019. The Town Council serves a population of approximately 48,000 residents. Our current Town Clerk having established the Town Council and its governance arrangements is leaving. We are therefore seeking a committed and dedicated individual who will take on this unique and exciting role which places the individual at the heart of a thriving and active community.


This is a unique and varied role with statutory responsibilities. It places the successful applicant at the centre of Council policy and decision making. The role oversees a budget of £500,000+, manages staff and a growing portfolio of assets including Christchurch Quay, allotment sites and numerous play areas and open spaces.

Reporting to the Mayor of Christchurch direct and the Chairmen of the Council’s committees, the role requires acumen and understanding of numerous policy areas such as Town Planning, HR, finance and administration and the civic and ceremonial Office of the Mayor with its rich heritage dating back to 1297.

The role is both challenging and rewarding and the individual can expect support and opportunities for development in the role.


The successful applicant will have enthusiasm and dedication and possess strong communication and leadership skills. The ability to be tactful and assertive whilst being organised and diplomatic are key skills for success in the role. You shall also have a proven career in administrative and financial management, as well as remaining personable and approachable to elected councillors, staff, and members of the public alike.

You shall preferably already be CiLCA qualified (or hold an equivalent qualification which qualifies the Council to hold the General Power of Competence), however the Council is willing to consider an exceptional candidate who is committed to obtaining the CiLCA qualification within 12 months of appointment.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact

Daniel Lucas -Town Clerk OR Vanessa Ricketts by phone on 01202 022 479 or via email at townclerk@christchurch-tc.gov.uk Or vanessa.ricketts@lgrc.uk


The application form must be completed in full, and shortlisting will be based on the information provided on the form.  CV’s will not be accepted alone, and any application made without a completed application form shall be disregarded.

Application packs are available from www.christchurch-tc.gov.uk  and should be submitted either by post to:

Ms Vanessa Ricketts

LGRC Associates Ltd.

2430/2440 The Quadrant



BS32 4AQ.

or by email to:  vanessa.ricketts@lgrc.uk

We ask that you also submit an Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form with your application.

The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 30th September 2022 by 5pm. Interviews shall be held on Tuesday 18th October 2022.

Christchurch Town Council is committed to equality of opportunity. If you have any individual needs relating to your application and ability to attend an interview, please do highlight this in your application.


Application Form