Head of Local Economies

London Borough of Islington


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  • Job type


  • Sector

    Local Government

  • Salary/Remuneration

    £65,382 - £68,898 (pay award pending)

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  • Expiry date

    03 April 2022

  • Client

    London Borough of Islington

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Islington. For a more equal future.

Our mission for the next decade is to create a more equal Islington, where everyone who lives here has an equal chance to thrive.

Islington is a borough of great strengths: thriving businesses; excellent transport links; outstanding services; and most importantly, a rich and wonderful diversity of people, cultures and communities. But despite these strengths, too many of our people are in danger of being left behind. Poverty, mental ill-health and anxiety about the future, lack of access to good jobs, poor air quality and housing conditions, prejudice, racism and injustice. These factors hold too many people back, depriving them of opportunities and choices and the autonomy to shape their lives in the way they want.

We are determined to confront these issues head on. Now, as we emerge from the pandemic, is the time to reimagine our future with a new approach for community wealth building and driving change. Over the next decade we will maintain a relentless focus on tackling inequality and eradicating poverty in our borough. 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 Local Economies | £65,382 - £68,898 [pay award pending]

In this newly created role, you will lead a team of committed economic development professionals to tackle disadvantage and help permanently lift residents out of poverty. Having deliberately shifted our focus to inclusive economic development, you and your teams will work across our three traditional town centres of Archway, Finsbury Park and Nag’s Head as well as new localities such as Caledonian, Bunhill and Clerkenwell to ensure our people-centred approach to economic development redirects wealth back into the local economy, no matter where in the borough our residents live.

Our Local Economies team have four primary objectives to build an inclusive economy. Together with your teams, you will unlock the potential of our high streets, street markets and local economies.  You will work alongside colleagues to create synergies between our employment support, affordable workspace and business development teams.

The critical work of our Local Economies team has been at the heart of the Council’s Covid-19 response and will continue to take a leading role in the borough’s economic recovery efforts, through a wide range of commissioned and directly delivered business support programmes.

We want to support new and existing local businesses to thrive and to keep wealth in the local community by encouraging the use of local businesses and providers.

About you

You will be an economic development professional, used to working in a complex and urban environment. Able to turn strategy into action, and action into results, you will be able to think creatively and innovatively to provide answers and solutions to complex challenges to deliver the priorities of the team. With a mind to the future, your horizon scanning will enable your team to provide services and solutions across our borough that are needed, both now, and in the future.

We know that we cannot achieve everything on our own, and you will build and develop successful partnerships and relationships that enable us to deliver our ambitions. You will be adept at managing competing priorities and the needs of many different stakeholders successfully, including locally elected representatives and be a strong communicator, both in person and in writing.

To succeed in Islington, our values of being collaborative, ambitious, resourceful, and empowering will be present in every decision you make, and action you undertake.



Further Information

For more information about the role or for a confidential discussion about your suitability, please contact Charlotte Croffie (07551 566 195), Frazer Thouard (07384 810 743) or Kate Merson (020 7426 3376) from our recruitment partners, GatenbySanderson.

Recruitment Timetable

Closing date
Sunday 3rd April

Long listing
Wednesday 6th April

Preliminary interviews
Week commencing 11th and 18th April

Short listing
W/C 25th April

Final panel
W/C 2nd May

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


Frazer Thouard: 07384 810 743
Charlotte Croffie: 07551 566 195
Kate Merson: 020 7426 3376