Introduction from Mark Barrow, Executive Director of Place

Thank you for your interest in the Assistant Director for Economy and Place at Shropshire Council.

Shropshire is a fantastic place in which to live and work, with a clean and beautiful natural environment, communities who look out for each other, whether in our rural areas or within one of our historic market towns, excellent schools, low crime and opportunity for everyone. The quality of life rightly brings people here, and makes people want to stay. We are ambitious and have the potential to grow, with development and investment opportunities. Shropshire has a feel of quality and excellence and we want to build on this as we move forwards. The post of Director of Place is key to making this happen.

Shropshire Council has interlinked high level outcomes:

  • Prosperous Economy
  • Commercial Council
  • Healthy People
  • Resilient Communities

We are prioritising economic prosperity for Shropshire, and in order to help us achieve this have developed an Economic Vision for Shropshire that will be used to set the direction for economic growth for years to come. Our new model specifically focuses on both the physical and social elements of our infrastructure and will help shape a sustainable future for Shropshire.

We are looking for someone who can bring creativity and innovation to this role together with a strong corporate approach with the passion to the vision for the organisation to our partners and stakeholders.

We need you to demonstrate considerable partnership and relationship management skills in implementing agreed priorities to deliver against our desired outcomes, and in bringing our range of partners and our diverse communities with us on the journey.

You will be innovative and creative in your approaches to realising the external opportunities that also present themselves in working with our partners. Internally, you will lead the Planning, Development Control, Broadband and Economic Growth teams ensuring an effective whole system approach and an integrated strategy is in place for place-based services, working collaboratively with partners and stakeholders.

If you have ambition, drive and energy, coupled with experience and creativity, then we very much look forward to hearing from you.

Mark Barrow, Executive Director of Place