Executive Director of Housing and Sustainable Development

London Borough of Merton
Circa £155,000

The London Borough of Merton is looking for an exceptional leader to help shape the future of Merton, and to develop and deliver a strategy that will put Merton on the map. The Council has some of the boldest transformation plans in London including for Morden and Wimbledon town centres. It is a borough going places, driven by an ambitious leadership team armed with a brand-new blueprint to build a better Merton for all. The Borough is served by the best transport network in south London. It has beautiful green spaces, great schools, good family homes, and some fantastic urban centres, as well as a strong sense of community and identity. 


The Council wants to build on these opportunities and unlock the huge, untapped potential in Merton that has been, for too long, overlooked.   

  • Through the biggest, local housebuilding programme in a generation that will see residents live in some of the most modern, sustainable homes in London. 
  • By reimagining some of the borough’s most tired town centres and spaces through groundbreaking regeneration plans. 
  • By partnering with its biggest social housing landlord to help ensure it carries out the billion-pound regeneration of some the borough’s largest estates. 
  • And by making sure everyone – no matter their background – has a decent place to call home.    


The Executive Director of Housing and Sustainable Development role sits at the very heart of that change.  You will have the experience and leadership to turn the Council’s vision into reality; you will have the skills and pragmatism to invite investment; and you will have the tenacity and confidence to work in partnership with communities and developers.  You will have a brilliant track record in delivering, and act as the driving force in transforming Merton into a modern, sustainable, vibrant borough that is fit for the future.  

It couldn’t be a more exciting time to come and work as a leader at Merton Council, and we’re searching for the very best people to join us. You will be part of the council’s brand-new senior leadership team who bring diversity of thought and experience to reinvigorate an organisation and borough on the rise.


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 Penny Ransley at penny.ransley@starfishsearch.com or 07549 233685.

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Closing Date: 28th July 2024

Longlist Meeting: 5th August 2024

Technical Interviews: End of August TBC

Shortlist Meeting: 2nd September 2024

Coffee with Leader and Chief Executive: 5th September 2024

Final Panel Interviews: 12th September 2024

Useful Links
Merton Council Plan VIEW
Housing Delivery Strategy & Action Plan 2022-27 VIEW
Housing Strategy Policy Framework VIEW
Sustainability and Climate Strategy VIEW
How to apply

To make an application, please click on the apply now button below, with the following prepared:

  • Your CV (no more than three sides of A4).
  • A supporting statement (no more than three sides of A4) that sets out why you think this role is the right move for you and how you meet the knowledge and experience criteria.


If our client is a member of the Disability Confident Scheme and you would like to apply under the scheme, please state that clearly at the top of your supporting statement.