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Director, Regions, Cities and Devolution

Contract Type
Public Sector
circa £90,000 per annum
Expiry Date
The Regions, Cities and Devolution Directorate – which is one of four Directorates within the Department for Transport’s Roads, Devolution and Motoring Group.

Job Description

The Regions, Cities and Devolution Directorate – which is one of four Directorates within the Department for Transport’s Roads, Devolution and Motoring Group - has responsibility for transport aspects of the English Devolution agenda, and for working with Devolved Administrations across the UK. Its four key objectives are: 

(i) Improving the planning and delivery of Transport in the English Regions, working with sub-national transport bodies including Transport for the North and Midlands Connect 
(ii) Leading DfT’s engagement with the major English conurbations, including London. Supporting England’s cities to improve their governance, tackle congestion, adopt new technologies and become smarter; 
(iii) Leading DfT’s relationships with the Devolved Administrations - delivering for DfT the Prime Minister’s ambition for a stronger and more united UK; 
(iv) Ensuring that the planning and delivery of transport supports wider government priorities on housing and productivity. 

The Directorate is in the process of being reformed but key building blocks will be: 
- Northern Transport 
- London and the South East 
- Devolved Administrations 
- Midlands 
- Housing and planning 
- Strategy and future bodies 

Key responsibilities and activities

The post holder will lead the directorate, reporting to the Director General, Tricia Hayes. The main responsibilities of the role will include:

• Ensuing successful delivery of Northern Transport Strategy, including supporting Transport for the North in the transition to statutory status;

• Supporting and shaping the development of other Sub-national transport bodies in England;

• Leading the Department’s relationship with Transport for London, on performance, financial and governance issues;

• Leading the Department’s interests in work to realise the potential of the Oxford-Cambridge-Milton Keynes Corridor;

• Representing the interests of the Department and the Transport sector in city-region based devolution deals;

• Improving the co-ordination between planning for transport and housing;

• Championing the interests of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland across the Department, delivering on the commitments in the Department’s Devolution Plan;

• Providing strong leadership and management of the Directorate, by setting a clear vision and direction; by engaging its people and developing their capability; and by driving a culture of high performance;

• Make a significant personal contribution to DfT’s wider agenda, both through participation in other cross-cutting policy and delivery programmes, and through taking a leadership role on corporate issues;

• Build capability in the Directorate including creating an inclusive and diverse environment, championing learning, career development and talent management and learning and development.