Head of the Affordable Workspace Programme

London Borough of Islington


  • Location


  • Job type


  • Sector

    Local Government

  • Salary/Remuneration

    £70,311 - £74,706

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    22 August 2021

  • Client

    London Borough of Islington

Ref: GSe76918






Towards a fairer Islington.

We are determined to make Islington fairer. To create a place where everyone, whatever their background, has the opportunity to reach their potential and enjoy a good quality of life. We also have an ambitious goal – to be the best council in the country – with every employee clear about the part they play and inspired, focused, and supported to give their very best.

Head of Service, Affordable Workspace Programme 

Our new Head of Service will drive forward a broad programme of activities to provide affordable workspace to businesses that are rooted in Islington, putting local people at the heart of our economy. We will be looking to you to source, deliver and then manage these new spaces through our carefully selected providers to create long-term benefits in our borough.

Social value is at the heart of this programme and is embedded within our contracts; in return for peppercorn rent, you will seek education, training and job opportunities whilst unlocking skills training, the sharing of knowledge and best practice amongst these businesses.

You will join us in breaking new ground on this approach to affordable workspace and push the boundaries of what is possible to ensure our economy works for all residents and local businesses; one where everyone can thrive, no matter where you come from.

To be successful as our new Head of Service, you will have a track record of successfully growing and managing a portfolio of assets, be that workplace or commercial spaces. You will have worked in a large and complex organisation, understanding the impact and interdependencies you service has on others.

You will have demonstrable experience of delivering high profile, long term programmes with the appropriate levels of effective governance and risk management to make them successful. With a commercial and innovative approach, we will look to you to create new models and solutions to deliver and evolve the programme.

You will be an experienced and visible leader, able to energise a large and complex programme, providing confidence and assurance to a variety of stakeholders including Chief Officers, external partners, and elected members.

You will be a natural collaborator, able to grow and foster long term strategic partnerships that deliver maximum value to our residents and communities.

For more information about the role or for a confidential discussion about your suitability, please contact Frazer Thouard (07384 810 743), Charlotte Croffie (07551 566 195) or Sian Roberts (01978 862 768) from our recruitment partners, GatenbySanderson, or email islington@gatenbysanderson.com.




Recruitment Timetable

Closing Date
Sunday 22nd August

Preliminary Interviews
Monday 23rd and Wednesday 25th August

Final Interviews

How to Apply


  • Please submit your CV along with a Supporting Statement addressing the person specification criteria, evidencing how you meet the criteria.
  • Detail any employment or education gaps.
  • Be ready to provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees; one should be your current or most recent employer. Referees will be contacted for those proceeding to final stages. We will always gain your permission before we contact referees.
  • Let us know any difficulty you may have with the indicative timetable.
  • Check that your contact details are correct before you submit.

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email confirmation. If you do not receive, please email contactus@gatenbysanderson.com