Welcome

Thank you for taking the time to find out more about the role of Director for the Harlow & Gilston Garden Town growth and regeneration initiative.

This is a career-defining opportunity to create a legacy for generations to come. We are setting about realising four new Garden Town neighbourhoods, containing some 23,000 new homes, whilst ensuring these new Garden communities are connected to and become part of the fabric and life of the resident community of Harlow as the Town itself evolves from a 20th century New Town to a 21st century Garden Town. This is an ambitious project that requires experienced leadership. You will draw on the breadth and depth of your skills and experience to lead a Local Government-led Garden Town partnership to deliver the physical, social and cultural growth and regeneration that will empower a community and future generations to live sustainable, healthy and prosperous lives in a high quality and sustainable environment.

The partnership has established a firm foundation; five Councils have embraced and adopted a Vision for HGGT. The Vision takes its lead from the principles of Garden City Movement founder and Urban Planner, Ebenezer Howard, along with the design principles and social philosophy of Harlow’s lead masterplanner, Sir Frederick Gibberd.

We believe that successful and lasting place-making is led by people, it is not brought about by bricks and mortar alone. Enabling people is a principle that is applied to all levels of our work from our Councillors representing the five Councils and the communities they serve; to colleagues in the Community, Cultural and Voluntary sectors; to Health and Social care practitioners and providers; to entrepreneurs starting up a business and established enterprises scaling up their operations; to residents shaping the change to come, whilst supporting them to welcome the new. We look to your skills and experience to formally and informally connect, enable and empower, and crucially bring about the triangulation between people, place and prosperity. As we embark on the delivery phase of the project, your skills and experience will help to realise the Vision, which is as ambitious as it is inspiring.   

Guy Nicholson
Your confidence, ambition and experience will lead us to realise one of the UK’s largest and most ambitious urban growth and regeneration projects. I look forward to hearing from you.
Guy Nicholson
Independent Chair of the Harlow and Gilston Garden Town Board

We have engaged Solace in Business to support us to make this appointment, so if this is an opportunity that is of interest then please do call Steve Guest on 020 7976 3311 to discuss next steps.