Director of Place

Mid Devon is a beautiful predominantly rural district, with rolling hills and valleys, picturesque villages and attractive market towns which is recognised for its good quality of life while being within easy access of the M5, the city amenities of Exeter and Taunton and the link road to the beaches and coastline of North Devon.  It is a great place to live and work.

We are now looking to appoint two new roles to the council’s leadership team. Both roles will report to the Chief Executive and will be part of a team responsible for ensuring the organisation delivers for the communities of Mid Devon and succeeds on the ambition of our members as set out in our new corporate plan.


This new role has been created to provide additional strategic leadership and expertise to help maximise the positive outcomes from a variety of place-shaping opportunities. In 2019 we were national finalists for LGC’s ‘driving growth’ award and, while 2020 may have temporarily slowed things due to the pandemic, with everything from neighbourhood plans to a nationally-designated garden village on the go we have a huge opportunity and responsibility to shape the future of these settlements in a vibrant and sustainable way.

If that’s not enough, we also have two successful HIF infrastructure projects in the pipeline, a successful restoring your railway fund bid to progress reopening a much-needed railway station, plus ambitions to secure a major enhancement to the M5 at J28.

This role could be summed up in three words as place, productivity and connectivity, and to be successful will take empathy and emotion just as much as technical expertise – Mid Devon is a fantastic place and our communities are keen that we protect and enhance our places and spaces as well as delivering exciting new developments and opportunities.

If you love your job place-shaping as much as we love Mid Devon then we look forward to hearing from you.

Relocation scheme available (if applicable)

A satisfactory standard disclosure check and three years complete employment or education history will be requested in the event of you being offered any of the positions.