Executive Director of Place

Location: Barnsley, South Yorkshire
Salary: c. £125,000
Reference: A000125
Deadline: Closed

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Barnsley stands out from other places because of its people’s unique character and long, proud heritage and we have the aspirational vision to make Barnsley the place of possibilities.

There’s enormous growth potential in our borough. Our ambitious Local Plan nurtures better homes, jobs, services, transport links and commercial development to boost our economy. Our award-winning developments, The Glass Works and The SEAM digital campus, run alongside a multi-million pound investment in our Principal Towns and Local Centres, showcasing our commitment to creating an economy that benefits everyone.

Our Executive Director of Place will play a central role in helping us achieve our vision and build on very firm foundations. Stable and visionary political leadership has helped create the environment for investment, and an ambitious programme of place-shaping is already underway. We’re a well-managed, resilient organisation that has proved we can make things happen on the ground and confidently tackle both local and global challenges.

We’re looking for someone who understands people and their places. You will know how to ensure economic growth directly benefits communities by creating thriving places for all of our residents, helping to reduce inequalities across the borough, whilst also driving achievement of our zero carbon ambitions. And you’ll do this through building strong relationships locally, regionally and nationally, in a way that sees us remain a trusted partner and place that can influence the national agenda.

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Indicative timetable

Closing date for applications:  Friday 7 January 2022

Preliminary Interviews (via Microsoft Teams): Thursday 20 January or Friday 21 January 2022

Further assessment for short listed candidates (online): Weeks commencing 24 and 31 January 2022

Stakeholder Panels:  Monday 7 February 2022

Final interviews (in Barnsley): 11 February 2022


Sarah Longbottom
Senior Consultant, Faerfield Limited
Tel: 0121 312 3755

Martin Tucker
Managing Director, Faerfield Limited
Tel: 0121 312 3755


To apply for this job please submit your CV, a Supporting Statement (no more than four sides of A4), a completed Candidate Application Form and a completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form to quoting: ‘Vacancy: Executive Director of Place, Reference: A000125’.

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Your Supporting Statement should address the criteria set out in the ‘Experience’ section of the person specification using examples to demonstrate how you meet as many of the essential requirements as possible. Please note the indicative timetable above and let us know if there are any dates when you are not available. Please also provide the names and contact details of two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. If you do not wish us to approach your referees without your prior permission, then you should state this clearly.