Director of Culture, Leisure, Sport and Young People

23 Feb 2012
21 Mar 2012
Job Type

We like to stick to swimming in the fast lane at Blackburn with Darwen. And we are looking for a director who is ready to take the plunge and lead the transformation of our culture, leisure, sport and young people’s services.

Located in the heart of Pennine Lancashire, with its stunning countryside, industrial heritage and diverse population, we’ve got plenty to be proud of…and yes, some tough challenges too.

We have one of the biggest young people populations in the country, a great strength we want to build on.

The population of young people living in Blackburn with Darwen is one of the highest in the country, a great strength we want to build on.

Evolving our arts and cultural offer is also high on the agenda.

Deprivation levels remain high but we firmly believe that with every challenge comes an opportunity to innovate to meet the needs of our people. Recent successes have included signifi cantly increasing physical activity in the borough through our unique health partnerships.

This new role will give the successful candidate the chance to play a central role in driving forward the Council’s ambitious vision for the borough as part of the strong and established directors team. It comes with responsibility for our network of leisure centres, libraries, museums and arts, Building Schools for the Future community use, health and wellbeing and the national youth and community sports strategy.

We are looking for somebody from the public or private sector with a proven track record.

To apply visit:

Post ref: BD179

Closing date: March 9

Assessment centre and interview: March 20/21

To discuss the role informally: Graham Burgess, chief executive or Andrew Lightfoot, local government managing director (01254) 585145