Executive Recruitment

About the Council

The Corporate Plan 2016-19 agreed by elected members in December 2015...

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About the Area

Located in the east of Lancashire, Blackburn with Darwen is a semi – rural unitary borough...

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The Role

Take a look at the current role that Blackburn and Darwen has to offer...

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"Blackburn with Darwen Council was named tonight (27 June 2018) as the Local Authority of the Year at The MJ Local Government Achievement Awards..."

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Welcome from Denise Park

Dear applicant,

Thank you for your interest in the role of Director of Growth & Development at Blackburn with Darwen Council.

This an exciting role leading on one of the Council’s key corporate priorities for delivering good, inclusive growth across the Borough.

Like many Councils we have lots of challenges but also have many great opportunities and a clear vision about what needs to be achieved. We know there are real opportunities for growth and whilst we have delivered a lot over the last couple of years - this year we were shortlisted for LGC’s Driving Growth Award - there is still much to do with a pipeline of sites already identified.

We have strong partnerships with private sector businesses and developers and a new Construction and Development Framework launched this year, but we need to maintain a real focus on delivery and on the next iteration of the Local Plan. We want to increase tax revenues for the Council whilst also improving the quality housing and quality jobs offer for our residents where currently we have challenges of low-skilled jobs, not enough quality housing and high levels of economic inactivity.

We have been successful in securing funding for growth through the Lancashire LEP and we need to continue to secure funding opportunities and develop strong business cases for investment in the infrastructure of the Borough and in future opportunities where the Council may act as developer itself or work in partnership with others who can see the benefit of investing in a borough with a young, diverse population, good schools and great connectivity, both road and rail, across the North West and beyond.

You will work across the Council as part of our Management Board of Director and with our partners in all sectors using your leadership skills and influence to both secure investment and deliver growth as well as ensuring quality planning, property and transport services for our residents, visitors and businesses.

As an ambitious unitary authority attracting significant investment into our town centres and across the borough, the Council is an exciting place to work.

This is a fantastic opportunity to make a real difference and to further your career in a Council which has a national reputation for innovation, strong partnerships and providing excellent services in a challenging environment.

We are looking for someone with an understanding of the public sector who can work within a political environment with a proven track record of delivering sound management and providing a lead role on significant development and funding schemes.

Blackburn with Darwen Council values our workforce and you will be expected to inspire and provide strong leadership to employees across the council.  

I look forward to receiving your application.

Denise Park, Deputy Chief Executive

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