About Hertfordshire

Hertfordshire is a large county in South-East England whose southern border is just 12 miles from the centre of London. The county has a population of just under 1.2 million residents. Other counties that surround Hertfordshire are, Buckinghamshire (west), Bedfordshire (north-west), Cambridgeshire (north-east), Essex (east) and London.

The county is full of contrasts which blend together to create a superb quality of life for residents and visitors. Thriving modern towns have developed amongst historic market towns and picturesque villages.

The largest town is Watford, situated within the M25 motorway and has a thriving shopping centre and business parks. Other large, historic towns include St Albans, Hitchin and Hertford. Mature “new” towns include Letchworth and Welwyn Garden City.

Hertfordshire has a strong diverse economy with particularly important sectors in pharmaceuticals, space technology, high value engineering, financial services, telecommunications, film, media and creative industries. Employment and skills levels are high with over half of Hertfordshire’s workforce employed in knowledge based industries. Hertfordshire was one of the first places to be approved for a Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). The LEP is now well established and is a respected champion of skills development and continued economic growth with strong business, academia, and Local Government representation, and a clear ambition to be a leading economic centre.

Hertfordshire is well connected nationally and internationally with four national motorways, three neighbouring international airports and two main line rail routes.

Hertfordshire, County of Opportunity

The Council’s Corporate Plan, entitled ‘Hertfordshire - County of Opportunity' identifies the main ambitions and commitments that will provide the foundations for our activity between now and 2025.

The corporate plan sets out our key priorities for the county and how we intend to deliver our vision for Hertfordshire. The Deputy Director of Public Health will be instrumental to delivering these objectives as we continue to strive to make Hertfordshire a great place to live, work and do business.

We were proud to be designated Integrated Care System (ICS) in May 2020. The post holder will be instrumental in continuing to shape the future of how we operate and will pay a key role in the Hertfordshire and West Essex sustainability and transformation partnership (STP) and Integrated Care System (ICS).

A significant focus for the post holder will be continuing our commitment to joint working with colleagues in health and care, as we work in partnership to reform how health and social care organisations work together to deliver an integrated care system. We want to provide tailored support to those who need it to improve their physical and mental health, have fewer hospital admissions and encourage residents to make changes to their lives to improve and maintain their own health.