Sheila Oxtoby
Sheila Oxtoby
Chief Executive
Great Yarmouth BC

I have been working at a senior level in local government for a number of years and have been involved in and delivered on a range of complex corporate issues. I am self-aware, always willing to explore new ideas and ways of working and happy to be challenged. I promote a supportive culture in which innovation and ideas can flourish and whereby people can be open about successes and failures. I possess excellent interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills, the ability to influence decisions and to develop positive relationships both internally and externally. I enjoy being part of, as well as managing, motivating and developing, a successful and productive workforce and thrive in a highly pressurised and challenging working environment. My current role is as Chief Executive & Local Returning Officer for Great Yarmouth Borough Council which I have undertaken for over five years and previously the Chief Executive Officer for Norfolk District Council for over four years.

Key responsibilities include; leading the organisation with clarity of direction and purpose; promoting a constructive and complementary relationship between officers and councillors across the Council; maintain a robust performance management, resource management and governance regimes; a constructive and positive community leadership role reflected in stakeholder partnerships which add value and support the Council’s strategic and operational priorities; effective networks at local, county, regional and national levels to ensure the Council is represented on matters which are locally important and that our voice is heard as appropriate amongst peers, at the LGA and other membership and lobbying organisations within Government. At each Council I have worked, it is imperative that the organisation understands local communities, operates in a fair and transparent manner and that the culture is conducive to being an employer of choice.

My key achievements include: strengthening the strategic capacity and operational delivery at Great Yarmouth BC, creating a strong vision and ambition and underpinning this with enhanced governance including project management capability, and sound place-making and business case development. This has led to financial and political stability enabling successful regeneration and invest to save initiatives to be taken forward including a new £26m health and leisure complex on Great Yarmouth’s seafront; a completed £2.7m regeneration of the Venetian waterways and gardens; a £13.7m Future High Street Funding package; a £20.1m Town Deal; and £16m restoration of the wintergardens with £10m heritage lottery grant awarded to the project. Strong collaboration and partnership working across the business, cultural, public, voluntary and education sectors has created a strength of place to successfully deliver.