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Director of Culture

Newham Council
East London
£90,591 to £110,280
Closing date
25 Feb 2024

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Newham Council

Director of Culture

Salary: £90,591 to £110,280

Location: East London

Newham stands proud as a rapidly evolving borough and takes pride in being one of the youngest and most diverse boroughs in the country. With 72% of the population from ethnically diverse communities and 220 languages spoken, the area is a melting pot of cultures and traditions. Newham's excellent transport links offer seamless connections to London and South-East England, including Kent, Essex, Surrey, and Middlesex. The region is experiencing rapid transformation, thanks to significant investment, paving the way for new jobs, homes, and opportunities. Over the next decade, an additional 2,500 jobs are expected to boost the local economy by £1.5 billion.

At the epicentre of an emerging inclusive economy, Newham is fast becoming the prime destination for work and investment. With renowned international districts such as Royal Docks and Stratford - the latter boasting the UK's busiest station - our growth trajectory is evident. In fact, we proudly rank third in London for job growth. Distinctive and unparalleled, this moment in our history is both exhilarating and pivotal as we steadfastly serve and uplift our communities and residents.

But Newham is more than numbers. It's about people, potential, and promise. Our "Building a Fairer Newham" corporate plan paints a vivid picture of our commitment. Through this plan, we pledge to stand by our residents, ensuring their well-being, fostering an inclusive economic environment, and providing homes tailored to their needs.

As the new Director of Culture, you will harness this narrative, curating a cultural odyssey that aligns with our corporate vision. You will orchestrate a symphony of arts, heritage, and creative industries that reflects and celebrates the vibrant diversity of our borough. Your mission is to craft spaces and experiences where culture thrives, ensuring Newham’s identity shines through.

About You:

We are seeking a visionary with an intricate understanding of cultural landscapes and a track record of cultural innovation and strategic partnerships. As well as showcasing visionary leadership qualities, you will embody a spirit of proactive initiative, eagerly embracing the opportunity to engage directly with tasks. Our streamlined team and careful budgeting present opportunities—inviting a role where direct involvement, adaptability, and resourcefulness are celebrated as key complements to strategic insight. This unique environment offers the perfect stage for a dynamic leader to thrive, merging hands-on action with visionary strategy to achieve exceptional outcomes.

With the power to inspire and the insight to unify, your role is pivotal in sculpting Newham’s cultural heritage and future. You will lead with empathy, champion diversity, and foster a creative ecosystem that is as dynamic and resilient as the borough itself.

If you are ready to shape the cultural fabric of a borough that is as ambitious as it is diverse, Newham awaits you.

To find out more please click on Apply.

For a deeper insight into this role or to discuss your suitability confidentially, reach out to Frazer Thouard  and Kembi Coakelin, our recruitment partners at GatenbySanderson. 


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