Director of Highways and Transport
Cheshire West and Chester Council is the North West’s fourth largest unitary authority, covering more than 350 square miles with a population of more than 340,000 residents. We are a diverse Borough, encompassing the internationally important historic city of Chester, the industrial powerhouse of Ellesmere Port, the growing mid-Cheshire Towns of Northwich and Winsford, and a patchwork of market towns and rural villages. We are an ambitious council with a clear forward plan and a strong commitment to talking climate change, securing investment in a truly inclusive economy, addressing health inequalities and deprivation, and enabling our residents, businesses and partners to play their part in shaping the future.
Our transport strategy has a key role to play in delivering prosperity and better outcomes both locally and strategically, creating a well-connected and accessible borough. Our highways and transport networks represent the council’s largest physical asset and with a road network of approximately 2,300 kilometres (including 3 Roman Roads), the City Walls in Chester and numerous public rights of way we’re re-aligning how our infrastructure plays its part in our case for change. A step change in public transport and active travel are essential to our plans for recovery. We now require an exceptional leader to help reshape our services to meet the challenges ahead.
You will be able to demonstrate a mix of strategic and delivery focussed transport experience to build credibility quickly and gain the trust of Members, key stakeholders and staff. You will be able to guide and manage a broad and experienced team through authentic and transparent leadership linked to our core values. In addition, we’re also bringing our existing outsourced maintenance operations contract for the borough's road network in house from October 2022. You will be responsible for developing a sustainable and best in class service along with a range of high-profile programmes to improve the lives of our residents, communities and stakeholders. You will possess an excellent understanding of the context in which local authorities operate having worked within or alongside a public service organisation.
This is an exciting new role and it’s a great time to come and join our Council and team who are committed that we will all play our part in building greener, fairer and stronger communities.
To find out more about this exciting opportunity please click the apply button below or for an informal and confidential discussion contact our recruitment partners at Penna: Andrew Barton 07922 386 432 or Pete John 07701 305617.
Closing Date: Wednesday 21st April 2021
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