Head of Growth, Investment and Tourism – Dover District Council

Dover, Kent
Competitive Salary
16 Jun 2021
12 Jul 2021
Contract Type
Full time

Dover is a high-profile District where the impact of the UK’s departure from the EU will continue to draw national and international attention. It is also an area of transformational change as we move forward with an exciting development and regeneration agenda, designed to strengthen the local economy, create new local jobs, and deliver housing growth.

As part of our commitment to deliver this agenda, we are seeking a talented person to take the lead on this programme and drive forward the changes that we are seeking to deliver. This is an exciting time to consider joining Dover District Council at an incredibly dynamic time in our history. As the closest part of the UK to mainland Europe, Dover is a global brand. No matter where you go in the world, everyone knows where Dover is. The White Cliffs, Dover Castle and the Port of Dover are iconic symbols of our status as the Gateway to Europe and Britain’s frontline town. This is your opportunity to be a part of this journey.

In this role, you will find significant and nationally important physical, economic and cultural assets with the capacity to attract business and leisure alike. The beautiful coastal towns of Dover, Deal and Sandwich are seeing increasing visitor numbers, fast rail connections to London St Pancras International provides direct access to a global capital and with direct ferries to continental Europe every hour, there are few better connected locations, anywhere in the UK.

Our new Head of Growth, Investment and Tourism will have experience of building the relationships needed across both the public and private sector, which will be essential if we are to succeed with our ambitions. With the position being available due to retirement, there is an opportunity for a leader with a fresh vision to bring new ideas and drive this agenda in a Council where there is full support for growth from the Chief Executive and the Elected Members.

You will have full responsibility for taking forward this agenda, working with partners, who share in our ambitions, as we seek to see a range of £multi-million projects, which support our growth plans, delivered. You will be supported in this task by a small dedicated team who will assist you  as you lead the delivery of inward investment, economic development and tourism promotion.

We are open on candidate’s background and your career to date may have seen you work in either the public or commercial sector’s and may include spells in both. What is important is a positive, proactive attitude which will help build relationships with colleagues, members of the public and with external stakeholders, coupled with an astute Political awareness. Passionate about regeneration, growth and the potential of Dover, you thrive in team environments and will relish the opportunity of leading a team of committed and passionate people.

The role will see you work at the interface of organisations and sectors, working with partners from the commercial and cultural sectors and with national and local government colleagues, in a professional landscape where you will be able to leverage your communication and negotiation skills and a track record in true Place Making.

For an informal and confidential discussion, please speak with our advisors at Berwick Partners 

Marek Dobrowolski Partner on 0121 654 5975 - 07793529576 or email Marek.dobrowolski@berwickpartners.co.uk

Ruth Hernandez Turner Researcher on 121 654 5936 or email Ruth.HernandezTurner@berwickpartners.co.uk

Downloadable Content 

Candidate Brief Published_Dover District Council_Head of Growth, Investment and Tourism.pdf