Executive Director Economic Growth & Neighbourhood Services
Recently named the second-fastest growing city in the UK, and already a regional powerhouse, Reading’s forward momentum is remarkable. Road and rail connections are excellent, with access to the motorway network, Heathrow, central London and the City; and this will only improve when Crossrail arrives in 2019.
Around an already thriving retail heart, our new Abbey business quarter has opened up a hidden heritage gem in the middle of Reading, and we’re committed to enhancing our cultural infrastructure. We’ve the 7th highest employment rate in the UK, the working population is the 6th most well-educated, and the average weekly salary is 18% above the national average. Extensive new housing of all tenures (including through our own housing company), and a flourishing university complete the picture for inward investors.
We’re proud that the Council, through our Team Reading approach, is driving much of this transformation. Despite having delivered £80m of savings so far, we’re on track to achieve a further £43m of efficiencies by 2020. We plan to deliver a £122m capital programme to provide new school places, homes, transport infrastructure and investment. Our new children’s services company - Brighter Futures for Children - launched last week, and we are determined to ensure that our growth is good growth: low carbon, sustainable and - most important of all - to the benefit of local people.
We’re about to enter an unparalleled window of opportunity for regeneration and growth. You’ll accelerate the pace of activity across all economic sectors – retail, health, education, professional services and knowledge businesses – and engage with emerging projects as an influential venture partner. You’ll be accountable for the full range of services - from planning, assets & land and regeneration, to housing, environmental services, arts and culture.
An expert at making things happen, with a good technical grasp of structures and models, you’ll also have a profound understanding of the impact of development and economic growth on communities. We’ll assess the success of the portfolio on its overall contribution to place shaping, not merely lettable area and net yield.
You’ll complete our recently appointed Corporate Management Team as we shape a prosperous, active and successful future for all of Reading’s people.
Visit www.teamreading.co.uk to find out more, or contact Steve Guest at Solace in Business on 020 7976 3311 for a confidential discussion.
Closing date: 14th January 2019.