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Strategic Director, Economy, Planning and Place

Up to £127,850 p.a.

Guildford and Waverley Councils

Guildford and Waverley Borough Councils are unified in their focus on providing more sustainable services for residents. Our new chief executive joined us in February to evolve the partnership further and faster and ensure our residents and sovereign councils are sustainable and focused. The boroughs of Guildford and Waverley in Surrey are rich in history, with vibrant economies and stunning natural landscapes. They are also hugely diverse areas with prosperous communities alongside others needing more support. We are collectively responsible for 10,000 homes and strive to provide our communities with the right support and services, and to create places that improve outcomes for our residents

We are passionate about delivering high-quality services and building stronger communities and we are looking for exceptional candidates with a strong track record of corporate and housing leadership, to help shape and support our communities and places and build sustainable frontline service delivery.

Reporting directly to the Chief Executive you will be part of the senior leadership team and work collaboratively with colleagues across organisational boundaries and with external partners, you will make a major contribution to shape the future of the boroughs, drive the development of council services and improving the quality of life for both Guildford and Waverley residents. You will lead on key services:

Economy and Regeneration

You will lead on the delivery of over £700m of capital projects including housing delivery for the Housing Revenue Account and delivery of the Councils Economic Development Strategies, working proactively to attract inward investment to the boroughs, building from a clear vision of what we want the future of Guildford and Waverley to be.


You will lead the Councils partnership working with external partners, developers and investors to bring forward strategic sites, new developments and regeneration.  And ensure that the Councils provide a professional, productive, compliant, and proactive planning service to meet the needs of the borough’s growth aspirations and that the Councils have up to date local plans.

Regulatory Services

You will oversee the Councils emergency planning and health and safety functions within Regulatory Services and will act as champion to embed these functions throughout the organisations.

For further information go to: or contact our retained consultants at Penna: Rachael Morris on 07840 711217, Priyesh Bhadressa on 07548 108176 and Julie Towers on 07764 791736.

Closing Date: 23rd June 2024

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