Strategic Director – Economy, Innovation and Growth

Gateshead, Tyne and Wear
Competitive Salary
24 Oct 2019
17 Nov 2019
Job role
Contract Type
Full time

We want Gateshead to be a place where everyone thrives

Gateshead Council has an enviable reputation as a stable and well-run authority.  We also know it’s a great place to live and work, indeed The Guardian’s ‘Best places to live rankings’ place Newcastle Gateshead at number one in the UK.  We have ambitious plans to make the borough even better.

Over the next 20 years we are looking to continue to transform Gateshead.  We have a huge amount of potential in terms of our regeneration and development plans, but we are also aware of the need to develop a very different approach if we are to truly meet the challenges ahead and respond to the fast-changing needs of our communities and businesses.

In essence, we need to become more responsive, proactive and flexible – and ‘business as usual’ simply won’t cut it anymore.  That is why we have introduced a new senior management structure, but more importantly a new culture based upon our Thrive agenda which focuses on delivery and outcomes – to the direct benefit of our residents.  A vital part of our transformation journey is the recruitment of a Strategic Director for Economy, Innovation and Growth who will play a crucial role in the council’s next chapter.

Gateshead is already the leading location in the North East for innovation, design and technology. We want to build on that success by attracting new businesses, residents and students to the borough.  As our new Strategic Director, you will be outward facing, with an understanding of how to promote Gateshead and put us on the front foot when it comes to developing our key propositions and thereby enabling a positive and inclusive growth agenda. 

For further information about how to join Gateshead and help us thrive, visit and to contact our advising consultants at GatenbySanderson: Luke Judd on 0113 205 6077 or Philip Emms on 0113 205 6078.

Closing Date: 17 November 2019