Welcome from Geoff Little OBE, Chief Executive

Welcome and thank you for your interest in the role of Executive Director of Place and Housing.

Over the past year we have taken a long, hard look at ourselves as the organisations that serve the borough, and at the borough as a place to live, work and enjoy.

We have looked at our strengths, for example: our accolade as the first Greater Manchester Town of Culture in 2020; our new integrated ways of delivering health and social care; our award-winning town centres and green spaces and our resilient communities that are supporting each other and standing strong in the face of a global pandemic.

We have also acknowledged our challenges and our response to the pandemic also acts as a guide to a new approach to working together to improve our borough. An approach in which everyone, from communities and businesses, to the Council and our partners, must pull together. It is one in which the power of the relationships within and amongst these groups is what matters most. This approach is encapsulated in Bury’s Let’s Do It Strategy.

Reporting directly to me, this role will play a key role in delivering on the place elements of this Strategy. You will also be the Council’s lead officer for Housing and drive the delivery of our vision to use economic growth to reduce deprivation across our borough and in support of Bury families,

We want our borough to offer a unique blend of opportunity to prosper and for people to live well; to provide green, blue and digital infrastructure and grow the spaces for businesses to incubate and expand. Our towns will become places where businesses thrive and all our residents have the skills and aspiration to access high quality work, with a genuine prospect of progress and promotion.

There is a real vibrancy around Bury’s future aspirations as a Council and as part of the wider Greater Manchester agenda and this role is an opportunity for you to be at the heart of this. We’re truly ambitious about building on our success to date to make opportunities for our communities as well as a great place to live and work. I look forward to receiving an application from you.

Geoff Little OBE – Chief Executive