Welcome

 

Thank you for taking the time to visit this website and find out more about this exciting leadership role here at Watford Borough Council.

Watford is a place with real ambition and incredible potential. Ideally located and well connected we have a great deal to offer our residents, visitors and investors. We are committed to ensuring that the borough’s growth is planned and sustainable; that it enhances quality of life for our residents; and connects people to new opportunities. And with a young and highly diverse population, this is a vibrant town with an incredibly rich seam of talent to draw from.

The Council has a bold and progressive vision with an exciting programme of deliverables underway, and our Managing Director will contribute to them all. These include two development joint ventures to deliver high quality affordable housing and regeneration that’s so important to sustainable growth. We have a successful commercial income portfolio and an ambitious capital investment programme that is underpinning our financial planning for the future, enabling us to set a solid medium term financial strategy.

We’re investing in the infrastructure of our town, encouraging environmentally sound initiatives to create a better quality and sustainable living environment for our residents. 

This includes two new activity parks in the north and south of the borough, an innovative cycle hire scheme and an ‘Uber-style’ bus service that will give commuters, residents and visitors greater control over how they travel around the borough. My philosophy is that, irrespective of where the statutory powers lie, our job in Watford is to make things happen for the benefit of our communities.

We believe very strongly in ensuring that the prosperity the town creates benefits everyone and that is why we jointly fund a new social housing programme, and as another example, why we are working to create the first dementia friendly town.

At the same time, we are pursuing our own internal change programme: Watford 2020; that is designed to improve the customer experience for those who use the Council’s services, enhance our digital capacity and increase commercial expertise within the organisation.

All of this presents a diverse and challenging remit for the new Managing Director. So it’s important that whoever takes on the role has the breadth of experience and skill to add value across all of these areas. And they’ll need to assure of their ability to programme manage across such a wide spectrum, manging risk and maintaining the momentum of change. Solid commercial nous will be essential.

Our new Managing Director will also be leading a highly motivated and talented team, so good leadership credentials are also very important.

I look forward to working closely with the successful candidate, and I wish you the best of luck in your application.

Peter Taylor
Elected Mayor of Watford

Mayor Peter Taylor

We’re investing in the infrastructure of our town, encouraging environmentally sound initiatives to create a better quality and sustainable living environment for our residents.