Leading Cornwall


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About Cornwall

It’s an exciting time to be in Cornwall.

  • Home to a globally renowned natural environment
  • a world-class renewable energy sector
  • and cutting-edge digital infrastructure

Cornwall is helping to shape the society of the future.  

We are tackling the key challenges of climate change and social injustice through

  • more localised support
  • and through smarter use of technology,
  • underpinned by a superfast and reliable broadband infrastructure

We now have one of the fastest growing tech sectors in the country and we are developing a world-leading aerospace industry, delivering the UK’s first satellite launch Spaceport from Cornwall Airport Newquay in 2022.

Alongside expertise in marine engineering and renewable energy, our increasingly diversified economy is well positioned to grasp a greener, more localised and more digitised future.

The successful hosting of the 2021 summit of G7 leaders put Cornwall firmly in the international spotlight. 

Cornwall has the mildest and sunniest climate in the United Kingdom, and we are well known for a thriving cultural scene: from the Tate Gallery in St Ives to world class attractions such as the Eden Project and Minack Theatre together with renowned festivals such as Boardmasters and Tunes in the Dunes. 

Our world class tourism offer, enjoyed by over five million visitors a year, is boosted by our burgeoning food and drink industry which also supports some of our internationally famous restaurants.

With a competitive employee reward package that;

  • attracts
  • retains
  • and motivates our employees

With new ways of working and a can-do culture where talented people thrive, Cornwall Council is a great place to work.

And, with its beautiful beaches, stunning countryside and superb community spirit, it is also a great place to live.

About the Council

Cornwall Council is a unitary authority with a revenue budget of over £1bn and a £1.2bn capital/investment programme.

Our 87 councillors represent over half a million residents dispersed across over 200 towns and parishes and 19 community network areas in the largest rural unitary council in England.

In Cornwall, we can do things differently. 

  • our geography,
  • our history,
  • and our very special sense of identity

all mean that we can think and act creatively in supporting our communities. 

We have a clear set of priorities: working with communities for a carbon neutral Cornwall, where everyone can start well, live well and age well with a focus on four priority outcomes, to make Cornwall:

  • A brilliant place to be a child and grow up
  • In a thriving, sustainable Cornwall that offers a secure home, a decent income and a great environment for all
  • Within vibrant, safe, supportive communities where people help each other live well
  • All supported by our Council - an empowering and enterprising organisation that gets it right first time for our customers

We know that the response to COVID, in particular our response to the increasing need for social care and protecting the most vulnerable, has hit the Council’s finances hard.

While our budget is increasing, our costs are increasing even faster.

To be sustainable as an organisation, we must address significant budget challenges whilst delivering our priority outcomes.  We are doing this with a ‘one Council’ focus and three key programmes of work: 

  • our enterprise, focussed on our spend with partners and suppliers, our capital financing costs, and our income
  • our shape, focussed on our organisational size and shape
  • our space, focussed on our property and what is needed to deliver our new ways of working

At the same time, we are looking to the future for the opportunities to accelerate our longstanding transformation ambitions.

To digitise our processes so that we can offer a better and more efficient service for residents and decarbonise and decentralise the way that we work with communities for a carbon neutral Cornwall where everyone can start well, live well and age well.

Cornwall Council has been named the nation’s leading local authority in tackling the climate crisis.  We have an ambitious and comprehensive climate change action plan to help Cornwall become carbon neutral by 2030. 

Our approach won the Leadership in Responding to the Climate Emergency category in the 2021 MJ Local Government Achievement Awards.

As we emerge from the immediate response to coronavirus, our Stronger Together philosophy will ensure Cornwall ‘bounces forward’ from the pandemic by working hand in hand with residents, businesses and communities.

We are interested in applicants who want to be part of this journey.

Roles available

Please select the links below to find out about each of the roles and apply online. 

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