Our values

The Spirit of Herefordshire

"We're investing in our people and culture to grow The Spirit of Herefordshire - A place to thrive, for both our community and employees." - Paul Walker, Chief Executive of Herefordshire Council.

To support us in this, we are looking for candidates who embrace our THRIVE values when we recruit. Our THRIVE values are:

  • Trust  - Developing and maintaining relationships based on a culture of transparency and open communication.
  • Honesty - Demonstrating truthfulness, integrity and transparency in all communications, decisions and relationships.
  • Responsibility - Taking ownership of individual and collective actions and decisions and delivering on commitments
  • Inclusivity - Embracing diversity, equity and inclusion by recognising and valuing the unique perspective.
  • Value - Upholding high standards, ethics and integrity to guide our actions by demonstrating commitment to creating and delivering value in our work.
  • Empathy - Demonstrating a genuine and caring understanding of others' feelings, perspectives and experiences.

Our priorities

We aim to attract people who are innovative, committed, professional, and take pride in working towards our priorities and making Herefordshire a better county to live, work and visit in line with our Council Plan.

Our plan outlines our ambitions in four key areas:

  • People - We will enable residents to realise their potential, to be healthy and benefit from communities that help people to feel safe and supported
  • Place - We will protect and enhance our environment and ensure that Herefordshire remains a great place to live. We will support the right housing in the right place and do everything we can to improve the health of our rivers
  • Growth - We will create the conditions to deliver sustainable growth across the county; attracting inward investment, building business confidence, creating jobs, enabling housing development along with providing the right infrastructure
  • Transformation - We will be an efficient council that embraces best practice, delivers innovation through technology and demonstrates value for money

"Everyone who works for Herefordshire Council has a part to play in delivering a better future for the county and all our employees should feel supported, confident and able to do their best. Our team is professional, dedicated and determined to make a difference." – Paul Walker, Chief Executive of Herefordshire Council.

Our children and family services deliver a wide range of services to local families. Through partnership working we have a Children and Families Strategic Improvement Plan which guides our improvement processes and will help us to achieve a good Ofsted rating.

The wellbeing and safety of Herefordshire's children and young people is at the very heart of everything we do. Working closely with our partners in the police, health, schools, voluntary organisations and commissioned services enables us to get the right services at the right time to make a positive difference to those who are vulnerable and need our help and support.