The Role

Director of People and Place 
£71,400

 

This is a new role within our organisation, created to enhance our strategic capacity to deliver on the council’s priorities around jobs, prosperity, housing and health & wellbeing.

Joining the Chief Executive and Director of Corporate Services on the council’s leadership team, you’ll have a broad portfolio of influence and direct responsibility. Three Assistant Directors report directly to this role and their remits include:


  • Commissioning & Technical Services;
  • Community Services;
  • Planning & Economic Development.

One of your immediate priorities will be to take the lead on the next iteration of our masterplan for Penrith, responding to consultation to date and refining the plan accordingly. You will also take a direct role in the leadership of the council’s commercial arm: The Heart of Cumbria, building on its early achievements and setting the direction for the next stage of its development.

Our expectation is that this role will be taken on by an individual with a proven track record of delivering housing and economic growth - we’ll want to hear about outcomes rather than works in progress. Your background could be outside of a local government setting, but you will need to assure that you have a well-informed understanding of working within a political setting. It’s essential that you can build relationships with a wide range of stakeholders, and that you can make things happen at pace, while still bringing others with you.

There couldn’t be a better time to take on this role. You’ll join a new leadership team that is committed to delivering the best outcomes of our community, while leading an internal transformation programme: One Eden. There’s a sense of momentum and purpose building within the organisation. With the right leadership, it can deliver great things. 

Visit the apply page to register your details and access the role profile and details of the recruitment process.

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Our expectation is that this role will be taken on by an individual with a proven track record of delivering housing and economic growth.