Head of Sustainable Transport, Highways and Climate

London Borough of Merton
Up to £92,900

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.


Are you passionate about creating a more sustainable transport infrastructure? Do you have the determination and commitment to deliver excellent services for our communities? Do you thrive on leading innovative projects that make a positive impact on our environment?  If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you to join our team as the Head of Sustainable Transport, Highways and Climate. 

Merton Council is committed to building a vibrant, thriving community that values sustainability, equity and civic pride. We believe in taking bold action to address climate change and create a more resilient future for generations to come. The Council has ambitious plans for sustainable transport within the borough and these are set out in the Council’s Transport Strategy and Plan. These include a range of projects that will promote sustainable and active travel across the borough. As the Head of Sustainable Transport, Highways and Climate, you will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of our community in line with our council plan. You will have both a proven experience in delivering complex projects and front-line services as well as technical expertise in areas such as strategic transport, highways maintenance, and climate resilience. 

You will:  

  • Ensure that our highways network is managed effectively, with a focus on sustainability and resilience, while delivering high-quality services that enhance the experience of residents and visitors alike. 
  • Support the development and implementation of our Climate Action Plan, working collaboratively with internal teams and external partners to reduce carbon emissions and enhance our resilience to climate change. 
  • Drive innovation in sustainable transport, overseeing the delivery of projects that promote active travel, reduce congestion, and improve air quality. 
  • Champion green infrastructure initiatives, including the expansion of cycling and walking networks, and the enhancement of public spaces to create vibrant, liveable communities. 
  • Build strong partnerships with community groups, and other stakeholders to foster a sense of civic pride and engagement in our sustainability efforts. 

 If you’re ready to make a difference and lead change in our communities, we want to hear from you.


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 Luke Judd on 07435 270659 or luke.judd@starfishsearch.com.

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Closing date: 24th March 2024

Meeting to agree a longlist: w/c 1st April 2024