Director of Resident Safety
Camden Council is recruiting a Director of Resident Safety to continue our work to develop a new approach to setting standards and play a key role in the national debate about safety, housing and building standards.
The Council has made significant progress over the past twelve months and has a team in place to work with residents, develop new ways of working and to respond to the recommendations of the Hackitt review. Our Director of Resident Safety will lead that team and transform the approach to resident safety across the Council.
Our Director will work with key leaders to deliver our property services (including facilities management, repairs, development management and housing management) to establish a gold standard assurance process in relation to the Council’s landlord function and property portfolio. I believe it will be an exciting opportunity to be at the forefront of forging these new standards, leading by example and personally shaping this journey.
Following our track record for embracing innovation and best practice, even in challenging times, this role offers a real chance to take forward the Council’s aspiration to be a national leader on all aspects of the safety of building construction and safety signoff including challenging the existing status quo. You will help ensure a strategic long term plan is in place to ensure the safety of residents and users of the Council’s property portfolio.
Take a look at the information on this site, and our website, and if you think this sounds like the kind of challenge you would welcome, and have something special to offer, we look forward to hearing from you.
There’s nowhere like Camden. A thriving exciting borough in the heart of London that accounts for 2% of the UK economy. With a rebellious spirit, Camden people are vocal and passionate about their home borough, and Camden Council plays a central role in life here. Camden is home to diverse and vibrant communities, international institutions and businesses, museums and theatres, world famous markets and some of the best live music venues in the Capital.
Camden is ambitious and full of energy and community spirit. We’re focused on making sure everyone in the borough can fulfil their ambition to succeed, and on making sure no one gets left behind and ensuring everyone has a voice.
Camden 2025 is our vision for the future of Camden and we need an exceptional leader to help us deliver on the ambitions contained within it. You will lead a highly performing organisation at the leading edge of local government – whether that is providing leadership in the fields of education and children’s safeguarding, continuing to lead the way in investing in the housing that our communities need or being at the forefront of system leadership in local government.
You will be accountable for leading our efforts to create a truly shared endeavor with the citizens and communities within Camden to improve the lives of people living in, visiting, studying and working in the borough. You will need to reach outside the organisation to ensure strong partnership working within Camden, across London, and nationally to create opportunities for reform and improvement. Inspiring a ‘call to action’ to find new ways of working, where Camden’s people, the Council and partners come together to develop new solutions that benefit citizens and communities whilst reducing waste and inefficiencies.
In Camden, we already know we cannot deliver these ambitions using the same thinking that has preceded us; we need to continue to challenge and move away from conventional thinking and pioneer a new type of local government. A type of local government that genuinely puts citizens at the heart of what we do; designing services around the needs of our citizens rather than rigid processes; taking a systemic approach rather than a ‘top down’ hierarchical one; acting on evidence rather than opinion; working holistically across organisational boundaries and reinventing what we mean by leadership. We therefore need a leader who not only believes in this journey and approach but who has the passion and commitment to continue to move Camden Council forwards in its ambition to be a place of innovation and impact for our citizens and communities.
Cllr Georgia Gould
Leader of Camden Council