Executive Director - Economy and Infrastructure

Salary:  £ 132,665
Application closing date:   9am 21 October 2019 
Technical interview:    31 October 2019
Final interview dates:   13 and 14 November 2019

Inspirational, experienced and with a track record of success in service improvement, collaborative leadership and political relationship management. Could you be our Executive Director - Economy and Infrastructure?

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It's a fantastic time to be in Cumbria. Across the county we are working in new and innovative ways with partners and key stakeholders to shape and lead the growth of our economy and help communities to thrive. Already underway are major programmes that include the £ 394.5 million Borderland Inclusive Growth Deal and the £ 102 million Carlisle Southern Link Road scheme.

This is a career defining role and provides a truly exciting opportunity to make an impact for the people of Cumbria. As a key member of our leadership team, you will build partnerships and engage with stakeholders to further enhance the reputation of Cumbria County Council, both regionally and nationally. You will already be an excellent communicator with significant experience of working in a complex political environment. A track record in leading and delivering economic growth and infrastructure schemes is key.

You will work with some of the very best, our award winning teams are at the top of their game and you'll have the opportunity to really make your mark.

We believe it's a great time to join Cumbria County Council. This is a fantastic opportunity for the right person, so if you think this could be you, we look forward to receiving your application.

For a confidential discussion, please contact Orlanda Wright: 07876 576637 or Georgina Hubberstey: 07920 701959.

To apply:

Please send your current CV and supporting statement (aligned to the person specification - maximum 2 pages) to resourcing@cumbria.gov.uk. Please state "Executive Director Economy and Infrastructure" as the subject line of the email.

Across the county we're working in new ways with partners to support Cumbria's communities to thrive. It's our drive to build fresh relationships, which look across organisational boundaries, emphasise our strengths, and focus on what makes a difference for people, which makes Cumbria such a stimulating and dynamic place to work.

Inspirational, collaborative, experienced and with a track record of success in service improvement, system leadership and political relationship management, you will be a key member of our leadership team and hold responsibility for:

  • Economic Development
  • Environment
  • Highways and Transport Infrastructure
  • Port of Workington
  • Enterprise and Efficiency

We are well aware of the realities and uncertainty facing the public sector. But we see the opportunity to innovate, integrate, and do things differently - and we are always focused on how we can improve outcomes for our communities.

Job specification and job description (PDF 585KB)

We're working with residents, businesses, communities and partners to deliver the best services possible, and we know we have to do that within the available resources. By working together we will ensure that people in Cumbria are healthy and safe; that places in Cumbria are well connected and thriving; and that our economy is growing and benefits everyone.

We are ambitious and are committed to creating the conditions to effect lasting positive change. We know that our organisational culture is key and we've invested heavily in engaging with our workforce and supporting them to work in new ways. We are focussed on performance and delivery and ensuring we have a financially sustainable future.

Council Plan

Workforce Development Plan (PDF 3MB)

Link to Medium Term Financial Plan (PDF 2MB)

Structure Chart (PDF 2MB)


In Cumbria we are achieving despite the challenges. Alongside the financial constraints on public services over the last decade, we have a large and unique landscape. Serving the county's half a million residents there is 1 county council, 6 district councils, 2 national park authorities, 6 NHS organisations, over 250 town and parish councils over the second largest county in England. We recognise that leading in collaboration with communities and with partner organisations is the only way to achieve more.

We are clear that the Council's role is, now and in the future, to create the conditions to effect change - using a strengths based approach so that the conversations we have with our residents and partners start with building on what is already there and what works well, and what we can do to help. In this context leadership means facilitating, enabling, and supporting - playing different roles in response to what residents are telling us they need. Our approach is based on effective and continuous community engagement, and led by Elected Members as a strong voice for their communities.

The Council makes significant contributions to key partnerships at strategic and local level, and leads where we can make a positive difference. We have a long tradition of partnership working. It is in our DNA and partners tell us they value this. We are now pushing ourselves to the next level to achieve the ambitions we've set out.

The county council is the Lead Local Flood Authority for Cumbria and has the responsibility for developing, maintaining and applying a local flood risk strategy for the county. We work with a variety of partners to help our communities to become more resilient to flooding.

Cumbria faces particular challenges in attracting investment for infrastructure and economic growth. In part, this is due to the rural nature of the county and the need to compete for national investment with large, urban areas. However, Cumbria has unique potential for economic growth and we, with our partners, are clear about the improvements needed to infrastructure, housing, skills, and the support available to businesses to maximise growth. 

We work with the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and others to promote sustainable growth with more and better paid jobs in the county to deliver Cumbria's Strategic Economic Plan priorities. 

We will continue to pursue all the opportunities we can to obtain additional funding for the maintenance and improvement of our highways network, including lobbying to secure improvements to parts of the county's infrastructure which are the responsibility of others, including the Strategic Road Network, the Rail Network and Digital Infrastructure.

We are building new types of relationships with parish and town councils and with the vibrant local community and voluntary sector. We have begun to work more closely with parish and town councils to design and deliver services with early successes on highways services. The Council's ongoing conversation with the community and voluntary sector about working together in different ways to support communities is underway and is beginning to pay dividends.

There's more to Cumbria than hills and lakes. Work with us, challenge yourself and take your career to the next level.

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