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Cambridgeshire County Council

Future Parks Programme Manager

Do you want to shape the way that parks and green spaces are managed in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough?

Can you motivate and co-ordinate partners to bring about transformational change?

If yes, then this exciting opportunity to be the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Future Parks Accelerator Programme Manager is for you!

The Future Parks Programme, is a national strategic initiative from the National Trust, the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government. The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough project is a collaboration between the Local Nature Partnership and seven local authorities, who have joined forces and secured FPA support to develop new ways of working in partnership, in a context of unprecedented growth. In particular, this partnership aims to develop a joined-up response to the threats and opportunities created by the spectacular pace and scale of development in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, to deliver equal access to high-quality, financially sustainable, vibrant green spaces across the whole county. The programme, which is due to end in March 2022 is reaching its mid-point in its project cycle to develop a strategic, cross-sector partnership approach between our local authorities, developers, charities, communities and businesses.

This is an opportunity for a motivated individual to coordinate the partnership and development of an ambitious 25-year strategy for our parks and green spaces. The successful candidate will continue to build excellent working relationships with a wide range of stakeholders and will inspire and influence others, in order to identify, drive and embed new ways of working that will support the management, funding and creation of green spaces in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. The pace of improvement needs to be rapid and sustainable and the Future Parks programme will work innovatively, so adaptability and focus on delivery are critical.

There is a high level of decision-making and accountability, and would suit experienced Programme Managers from a range of sectors including parks and landscapes, programme management, planning and development. Experience of public service transformation would be beneficial.

The post will be hosted by Cambridgeshire County Council, but the post holder will work with all project partners and a range of other stakeholders, including Chief Executives, local politicians, community groups, developers and businesses. In discussion with their line manager, the successful candidate will therefore have flexibility as to where they work from, although a home base will be set for mileage purposes. This post is currently working from home in line with COVID guidance.

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