Strategic Lead for Planning and Regulation
Coventry City Council

The Role

Coventry is a city that is changing fast and a city that is going places- with an inspiring, world-famous history and exciting times ahead.UK City of Culture in 2021; home to award-winning universities, top level sport and concerts and famous brands such as Jaguar Land Rover and Severn Trent, Coventry is part of the ‘Midlands-Engine’, the home of the UK motor industry and a proud multicultural city.

It is also a council where Place Making lies at the heart of how it supports all Coventry’s communities. Significant major developments are taking shape around the city, including a new-look shopping centre, a water park, new business quarter, restaurants and a modernised rail station. The city has had an enviable track record in attracting investment with more and more firms and families are relocating to the city as they see what it has to offer. Coventry is a great place to live and work, and it’s getting even better.

There now exists the opportunity for an experienced, enthusiastic and talented planning professional with the right skills and personality to join and lead our planning and regulatory team help take us and the city into a bright new future. This is an exciting time to join Coventry City Council at a point where the successful applicant will help shape this dynamic period for Coventry and join what is a top performing and forward-thinking planning department. As our Deputy Director you will lead the Council’s planning and regulatory service developing the Council’s strategic approach to city planning services, building control, environmental regulation and private rented sector regulation, alongside contributing to the development of corporate policy and implementation of strategies.

At Coventry City Council we never want to hear the words – ‘but that’s the way we’ve always done it!” We are a Council that’s looking for new ways of working to tackle new – and old – challenges. We have had great success already and made great strides in changing the way we deliver services and in the way we work with colleagues. We have brought in a new flexible approach to working – giving staff the power, skills and tools to work from the best place at the best time to get the job done. We have a new Customer Service Centre, more online services for residents, a new Council office building, and a city that is changing to meet a new age of driverless cars and superfast broadband. There’s never been a more exhilarating time to be a part of Coventry.

For an informal and confidential discussion, please speak with our advisors at Berwick Partners

Marek Dobrowolski

Associate Partner

D: +44 121 654 5912

M: +44 779 352 9576

Katherine O’Donnell


D: +44 121 654 5901

M: +44 7736 378 615

Closing date for applications: Monday 23rd March

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