Hello and thanks for taking the time out to read more about these exciting new roles at the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. The borough has set itself a number of ambitious targets, including the construction of 60,000 new homes in the next 20 years and improvements in its relative performance against a range of socio-economic indicators including employment, skills, education and income per capita. Other targets include achieving healthy life expectancy, healthy weight, personal wellbeing and happiness above the London average.

Over the past two years we have been developing a completely new way of working in Inclusive Growth based on a commissioning model. We are taking a commercial approach to regeneration, asset management and investment in order to meet the council’s financial targets and exploit the considerable opportunities for regeneration and growth that exist in the borough. We have already set up an arms-length regeneration company, Be First, and a number of new internal business units that will act in a commercial way to deliver the Council’s objectives.

We have also moved to a commissioning structure for our people based services so that we have the opportunity think and act the medium to long term so that we can actively tackle the root cause of need and so reduce for these services by equipping people with the right skills and support to help them achieve independent, healthy, safe and fulfilling lives.

The Director of People and Resilience and Director of Inclusive Growth, will need to work in partnership with one another and be responsible for providing strong leadership as part of the Council’s Senior Leadership Team. The Operational Director – Children’s Care and Support will report into the Director of People and Resilience and matrix work across the organisation as practice lead for children and young people. You will be joining an innovative organisation that is determined to deliver for its residents and you will be given the freedom and flexibility to truly succeed.


Chris Naylor, Chief Executive