Strategic Director of Place and Space

Ashford in the heart of Kent is a diverse and vibrant borough of growing towns and rural communities. It has a balanced budget and a council that is actively investing in infrastructure and housing as well as preserving and enhancing the borough's unique landscape and environment.

We are building an exciting and beautiful place for residents, businesses and visitors alike. Underpinning economic prosperity, cultural richness, and commercial opportunities for our communities.

We are now seeking an inspirational director with a track record of engaging communities and involving people to create a compelling sense of identity. You will have accountability for Planning & Development, Culture, and Environment & Land Management and be responsible for leading a team of professionals with a pedigree of innovation and delivery.

Key priorities include reinvigorating our town centres, creating strong new communities in major developments, such as Chilmington, and making sure our beautiful villages continue to thrive.

This is an outstanding opportunity for someone who really wants to make a difference. 

Working with the elected members, partners, key stakeholders, and the senior management team, your leadership and visionary approach will help support growth, create a borough where people want to work and live, attract visitors, and enhance the prosperity of local businesses and residents.

The borough has an excellent quality of life with growing towns and breath-taking countryside. It's close to the Channel coast, has good schools, and its house prices are lower than much of the south east. London is just 38 minutes from Ashford by train.

We offer a very competitive benefits package, including salary-linked pension scheme, flexible working hours, and a generous holiday entitlement. 

For an informal discussion, please contact Tracey Kerly, Chief Executive, on 01233 330201.

View the Strategic Director of Place and Space Job Info Pack [pdf] 1319KB

To apply, please forward a CV and covering letter outlining relevant experience to

Closing date: 12 noon, 29 July 2019

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