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Kim Wright, Group Director, Neighbourhoods & Housing

"You would be part of the Leadership Team for the Neighbourhoods and Housing Directorate, working alongside Public Realm and Housing Services."

Kim Wright, Group Director, Neighbourhoods & Housing

Dear Candidate

I’m glad you’re interested in joining Hackney and leading its award-winning regeneration work to transform the lives of our residents and businesses.

I’ve worked as a Director at Hackney for 15 years, as part of the senior leadership team, and in that time I’ve seen our borough and our council transformed – from a place known for the wrong reasons and a council on the brink of financial collapse to a confident, ambitious and high-performing local authority delivering good quality services.

Our regeneration work has been central to that. Our in-house, direct delivery approach has successfully delivered housing projects from a cross-subsidised programme. We’ve already built more than 900 homes ourselves – acting as our own developer, on our own land. We’ll complete 2,000 homes using this approach between 2018 and 2022, with funding, political commitment and stable governance in place to deliver thousands more in the coming years. Together with private sector partners, we’ll also build 5,500 at Woodberry Down – the biggest single-site estate regeneration project in Europe.

You’d not only be joining Hackney at a hugely exciting time to deliver this work, but you’d also shape the future of our changing town centres – ensuring the Council bridges the gap between the new buildings, businesses and jobs that growth brings and our residents who have told us they don’t feel these opportunities are for them. You’d help build an inclusive economy that better distributes the benefits of growth to all of our residents, regardless of their background or income. We are a Council that campaigns on behalf of its residents, and you would lead our dedicated housing policy team in pushing for the national and regional changes that would help us deliver even more. That’s also central to our private sector housing work, where our Better Renting campaign and new property licensing system are focusing on improving the regulation of landlords for the benefit of private renters.

You would be part of the Leadership Team for the Neighbourhoods and Housing Directorate, working alongside Public Realm and Housing Services. Our aim is to work in a joined up way in order to create and sustain high quality, liveable neighbourhoods so that wherever people live in Hackney they have the same high quality services, the environment is just as good and their life opportunities enable them to be just as successful. You’d operate at a senior level, responsible for projects and programmes at the heart of the Mayor’s manifesto and our Corporate Plan. And you’d be in charge of a talented team with the professional and specialist skills we need to deliver on our ambition.

In return for your commitment and passion, you would benefit from a generous package of benefits, including an unrivalled pension scheme, at a diverse, inclusive Council that is proud of reflecting the demographic of its borough.

If our ambition and vision matches your extensive delivery experience and track record, find out more by reading through the information here. I look forward to seeing your application.

Kind regards

Kim Wright
Group Director, Neighbourhoods & Housing

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