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Job Opening: Strategic Lead for Place and Culture in the North

Are you passionate about making the North the best place to live, visit, work and invest? Would you like to be part of an exciting opportunity to influence and shape the role of culture and place in economic development across the North of England?

Do you have experience of influencing policy at a senior level with civic and business leaders and strategic funding organisations?

The NP11 Northern group of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) is working in partnership with Arts Council England, Environment Agency, Historic England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund to promote positive place-making: recognising the integral role that our culture and landscape will play as we work towards economic recovery in the North of England.

We recognise that the North’s quality of life and attractiveness as a place to live, visit, work and invest should be at the heart of economic strategy. But we want to go further together to ensure that the potential for the North as a culturally vibrant and economically successful place is fully realised.

By engaging with LEPs, Mayoral Combined Authorities and local authorities, our collaboration aims to support and add value to existing local and regional work through a Northern strategy for place which uses cultural assets and place-based approaches to demonstrate the importance of culture, heritage and nature in delivering sustainable economic growth and thriving communities.

To help deliver this vision we are recruiting a Strategic Lead for Place and Culture in the North who will lead on a project to achieve these aims

You’ll be an excellent communicator at all levels, with significant experience of organisations involved in funding and delivering cultural activity, and a track record of successfully working in partnership to broker agreement and deliver new ways of working.

You’ll also have a deep understanding of the strategic vision of Northern LEPs, Combined Authorities and local authorities.

There is one post on offer for this full-time, fixed term contract, beginning as soon as possible following a successful interview through until 31 March 2022.

Secondment applications will also be considered for this position. In this instance prospective applicants should obtain in-principle agreement from their substantive employer before applying.

Interviews for this position will take place via video call from 22-26 February 2021.

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To apply please send your CV and a short covering letter explaining why you would be well-suited to this role, to by 11.59pm on Sunday 7 February.

Please contact Jo Lappin ( and David Levene ( if you would like an informal conversation about this role.

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