Introduction from Chief Executive 

Thank you for your interest in the role of Head of Economic Growth here 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 new post of Head of Economic Growth will help us to do so.

Shropshire Council has three key strategic outcomes focussed on healthy people, resilient communities and economic growth. We are prioritising economic prosperity for Shropshire, and in order to help us achieve this we are developing an Economic Vision for Shropshire that will be used to set the direction for economic growth for years to come. We expect this to shape what businesses we want to retain and attract to Shropshire. 

This new role therefore offers a great opportunity to help shape and drive the economic growth agenda here in Shropshire and raise your own profile and ours at a time when Shropshire is very much accelerating its activity at a local, regional and national level.

We are looking for someone who will be a strong leader and who will be passionate and articulate in taking forward the new Economic Vision. We are currently working on this with colleagues at the University Centre Shrewsbury and with the Institute of Public Policy Research (North), alongside valuable co-design input from partners and stakeholders in the business sector, the voluntary and community sector, and the public sector. We need you to demonstrate considerable partnership and relationship management skills in implementing the agreed priorities that come from this to deliver against our desired outcomes, and in bringing our range of partners and our diverse communities with us on the journey.

The role will also be key in helping us to achieve ambitions to maximise the potential economic benefits that will come to Shropshire via the strategic partnerships that we already have in place, including as a non-constituent member of the West Midlands Combined Authority, and also how we capitalise on HS2, and the new station at Crewe, via our membership of the Northern Gateway Partnership.  

You will be innovative and creative in your approaches to realising the external opportunities that also present themselves in working with our partners in the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), whether that is in aiding devolution deals and collaborative ventures, driving forward Local Growth Fund 3 or shaping the new Strategic Economic Plan for the Marches. Internally, you will be leading a newly formed team following a recent restructure as part of the wider Place and Enterprise Directorate and will work alongside the Head of Infrastructure and Communities and Head of Business Enterprise and Commercialism.

Shropshire Council is on the cusp of something big here in Shropshire. If you have ambition, drive and energy, coupled with experience and creativity, then we very much look forward to hearing from you.

Clive Wright

Clive Wright