The Place

Behind our reputation as a rural idyll, Cornwall is changing fast. The technology and digital infrastructure underpinning our beautiful landscapes and coasts is outstripping the rest of the UK and through a newly created development company, we’re investing and developing for the future. Whilst tourism remains an important part of our economy, right now there is an almost unique array of opportunities for growth. Our globally renowned natural environment is complemented by the creation of a world-class renewable energy and digital infrastructure. We have a flourishing space industry and a strong cultural offer that rivals almost anywhere in the UK. Our devolution and growth plans are pioneering, and we’re becoming a mecca for enterprise, entrepreneurialism and new thinking. Cornwall is truly a place that is forging ahead in the 21st Century.

The Opportunity

In Cornwall we’re confident about our offer and our future. It doesn’t matter that we’re 250 miles from London, we’re globally connected and milliseconds away for the rest of the world. Over the last few years, we’ve created a directorate focused on delivery of economic growth and development, housing delivery and transport connectivity priorities. Our Strategic Director for Economic Growth and Development is the council’s main lead for place shaping, infrastructure and economic development and will play a key role in ensuring that Cornwall’s communities benefit from greater opportunities to live well, work well and thrive.

One of Cornwall Council’s important roles is to sustain the conditions for growth in a time of uncertainty and we’re proud to be creating a significant investment programme to support businesses in Cornwall to grow. In addition to the £600m we’re making available through our investment programme, we’re creating a brand new development company that has the potential to have an extraordinary and transformative impact on Cornwall’s future. Read more about the investment development company here:

It’s important to us that our growth is both inclusive and clean. Our ambition is to be an exemplar for green and clean growth that recognises and respects our unique and world renowned natural environment. By harnessing our natural resources, Cornwall has the potential to be 100% self-reliant on renewables which are now forming an increasingly important part of our economy.

In addition, the council’s strong partnership with Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP has enabled a more joined up approach to economic development and, thanks to a devolution deal from Government, Cornwall now has greater powers over key areas such as employment and skills, business support and transport.

A strong and continually developing transport network puts us in easy reach of key destinations in the UK and beyond by road, rail, air and sea. Cornwall Airport Newquay – which is owned by Cornwall Council - is the fastest growing regional airport in the UK, connecting more than 400,000 people a year to UK and international destinations with four flights daily to London Heathrow beginning from April 2019.

We have the mildest and sunniest climate in the United Kingdom, and we are well known for a thriving cultural scene from the Tate Gallery in St Ives to the Newlyn School of Art and the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden. We have world class attractions such as the Eden Project, the Minack Theatre, Tintagel and renowned festivals such as Boardmasters and the Eden Sessions.  

The UK starts in Cornwall and we’re proud of our strong communities and distinct cultural identity that reflects our unique history.

About you

Our future ambitions for Cornwall rely on our ability to capitalise on these opportunities. As our new Strategic Director for Economic Growth & Development you will bring a visionary approach coupled with the leadership capability that can transform and crystalise these opportunities into investment and delivery on the ground.

As well as being optimistic about what’s possible, goal orientated and a problem solver, you’ll excel in both creating strategy and delivering outcomes. You must be influential, with the ability to successfully manage a wide range of important relationships at a local, regional and national level. Importantly, you will possess the right mix of commercial sense and local government knowledge that will create certainty around Cornwall being a good place to invest and that will accelerate our journey towards a sustainable Cornwall.

Recruitment timetable

Closing date for applications:
Friday 26th April 2019

Interview with Tile Hill:
w/c 6th May 2019

Final Panel Interviews:
Tuesday 28th May 2019

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