We've committed to building 11,000 high-quality council homes by 2043

Southwark is an outstanding place to live, work and visit with all the opportunities and benefits that it brings. From the business district in the North of the borough, with its skyline dominated by The Shard, to the suburbs of Dulwich, and the largest social housing stock in London, it is a place of contrast and diversity and this makes the borough especially appealing.

There are more than 290,000 residents in Southwark (and counting). They speak 120 languages and represent every continent around the globe. And it’s that diversity of people that makes our borough so special and so vibrant. It’s the blend of voices, cultures and personalities that make Southwark, well, Southwark. And it’s why we treat everyone as an equal priority, whatever their background. We are working with local people, communities and businesses to innovate, improve and transform public services.

Housing is important in Southwark. We are the largest local authority social landlord in London with more than 55,000 homes. Our homeowner population owns 15,000 of those homes. We have plans to build 11,000 new council homes by 2043; 1,500 by 2018.

We’re fortunate to have some of the best people working right at the top of their game here in Southwark. We work as one Council to deliver results and treat residents, colleagues and partners as we would valued members of our own families, so it's no surprise that listening to residents and improving their level of satisfaction is one of our key priorities going forward.

This is the philosophy behind our vision: a fairer future for all.

See our fairer future promises.

As the saying goes, we are defined by what we do. And we take our promises seriously. We will make this a borough that everyone is proud of and able to call home.

We will use every tool at our disposal to increase the supply of all kinds of homes across Southwark, we will demand the highest standards of quality, we will support and encourage residents to take even greater pride and responsibility in their homes and local area and we will support vulnerable individuals and families to live as independently as possible. We will increase our resident satisfaction by listening to residents. It won’t be easy, but the most exciting challenges never are. And by following our fairer future promises, we’ll get there.

It won’t be easy, but the most exciting challenges never are. And by following our fairer future promises, we’ll get there.

Our Fairer Future Promises

1. Value for money

We will continue to keep Council Tax low by ensuring that all our high quality services offer value for money.

2. Access to health for all

We will provide free swimming and gyms for all residents. We’ll double the number of NHS health checks. And we’ll extend bike hire across the borough.

3. Quality affordable homes

We will improve housing standards and build more homes of every kind, including 11,000 council homes - with 1,500 built by 2018. We will make all council homes warm, dry and safe. And we will start rolling out our kitchen and bathroom quality guarantee.

4. More and better schools

We will meet demand for primary and secondary school places. We will drive up standards across our schools, so that 70 percent of students at every secondary school get five good GCSEs.

5. More and better nurseries and childcare

We will help parents to balance work and family life, by opening two new community nurseries and investing in our children’s centres.

6. A greener borough

We will protect our environment by diverting more than 95 percent of waste away from landfill, doubling the number of estates receiving green energy and investing in parks and open spaces.

7. Safer communities

We will make Southwark safer with more CCTV, estate security doors and a Women’s Safety Charter. We will have zero tolerance for noisy neighbours.

8. More education, employment and training

We will guarantee education, employment or training for every school leaver. And we will create 2,000 new apprenticeships and 5,000 more jobs for local people.

9. Revitalised neighbourhoods

We will make our neighbourhoods places that we can all be proud to live in, transforming areas such as Elephant and Castle, Aylesbury and the Old Kent Road.

10. An age-friendly borough

We will ensure age is no barrier to the best of the borough - launching initiatives such as the Ethical Care Charter and an older people’s centre of excellence.

For more information on our Promises, you can download the fairer future for all plan here. Summary of Council Plan

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This is a tough, demanding and yet rewarding job. The portfolio is broad and you will be charged with providing high quality housing services to residents and leaseholders as well as leading the Council’s modernisation programme by transforming where and how we work in order to better serve our customers.

We are seeking an exceptional, creative, driven and inspiring strategic leader with significant large-scale urban housing management experience. We are seeking a candidate who relishes the opportunity to work collaboratively and innovatively, with the ability to influence relationships with a broad range of stakeholders.

You’ll also need to have gravitas and credibility to advise elected Members and in still confidence within the Southwark community.

You may not have prior experience of working in local Government but you will have a passion for what we do and the drive to deliver on our ‘Fairer Future’ commitments to our residents.

For more information and for a confidential discussion on this role, please contact our adviser Ann Watts on 07939 121101.

View our Candidate Information Pack

How to Apply

To apply for this position please

  • Send a comprehensive up to date CV including the names of two referees. Please note that referees will only be contacted with your permission.
  • Send a detailed supporting statement (no longer than 4 pages) that fully addresses the required knowledge skills and criteria.
  • You are also invited to complete an equality monitoring form. This will not be treated as part of your application and is for statistical purposes. At Southwark we recognise the value of diversity and we are committed to equality of opportunity. Our consultant at Cantium will provide you with this form.
  • Please do tell us if you have any reasonable adjustments that you would like made to support you in our selection process.

Applications should be sent to Ann Watts by the closing date 22 October 2017 to the following email address; ann.watts@cantiumresourcing.com

Thank you.
We look forward to getting to know you better.