Director of Public Realm

London Borough of Merton
Salary up to £116,300

It couldn’t be a more exciting time to work at Merton Council. We are a borough on the rise, led by a fresh and ambitious new leadership and armed with some of the boldest transformation plans in London. Merton encompasses the towns of Colliers Wood, Mitcham, Morden and Wimbledon and is home to a vibrant, growing population of more than 220,000. We are proud custodians of some of the best sporting heritage in the world and Merton’s connectivity is unbeatable in south London; we are at the start of both the Northern and District Tube lines, which offer direct access into central London in just 20 minutes. We are a borough going places – we have a brand-new blueprint for the future that will see us unlock the full potential of our borough and build a better Merton together, putting the needs of our residents at the heart of everything we do.


Merton Council is seeking an exceptional leader who will embed innovative solutions to frontline operational services and play a key role in shaping the neighbourhood and green space experience in the borough.

You will be pivotal in providing some of the most important service priorities for residents, and the council, delivering a clear vision of clean, sustainable and inclusive services with vibrant public spaces for everyone to enjoy. You will lead and manage a high-profile portfolio of services including street cleansing, recycling and waste management, highways, strategic transport, highways, parking services, passenger transport, and parks and green spaces. 

You will ensure the services are best-in-class; that they are a source of civic pride; and play a key part in our vision to create a sustainable borough for the future. You will ensure the borough’s network of public urban spaces are fit-for-the-future and primed to promote the council’s ambition to be London’s first Borough of Sport; are safe and welcoming for all, and bring benefits to the local environment, economy and community.  


For further details, please see the role profile below and select the 'click here' button to visit LB Merton's recruitment website. For more information please contact Sunita Patel at 07561 708023 or

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Closing Date: 15th March 2024

Meeting to agree longlist: 26th March 2024

Preliminary Interviews: w/c 1st April 2024

Meeting to agree shortlist: w/c 15th April 2024

Final Interviews: w/c 22nd April 2024