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Brighton & Hove’s creativity and its cultural and leisure offer is one of our most distinctive features. Creative, dynamic and sometimes provocative, there is always something going on. The incoming Assistant Director will play a very important role in promoting and supporting this inherent creativity. But the real key to this role will be making the connections between Culture, Tourism and Sport and the wider growth and economic success of our city.

Brighton & Hove is known internationally as a hotbed of creativity. It is at the epicentre of one of the most dynamic and innovative creative clusters in the UK, at the forefront of advances in artificial intelligence and augmented reality, as well as being home to hundreds of artists and creative producers. It hosts over sixty festivals a year, including the largest annual arts festival in England. Artists and creative people are drawn to live and work in the city because of its fantastic setting between the sea and the South Downs, its much-loved Georgian Architecture and heritage, and its liberal and cosmopolitan attitude, epitomised by its diverse day and night life. As well as being home to 35,000 students, the city boasts a strong civil society with over 2,300 third-sector organisations and one of the largest populations of freelancers and home workers in the UK.

Our diverse and vibrant community is passionate about our city and there’s a shared commitment to celebrating and promoting all that makes Brighton & Hove so unique. Harnessing this energy and enthusiasm is a vital aspect of this role. If we are to realise the best outcomes for Brighton & Hove we will do so by working ever more closely with our partners and with our community. 

Building on a successful City Deal, we are advancing our economic growth propositions with government and alongside our partners in the Greater Brighton city-region – with the cultural economy at its core. Our youthful and creative communities are flourishing in a city that offers a world-class environment, strong employment growth and outstanding culture as the leading city and premier destination on the south east coast. Looking ahead, we want to expand opportunity and economic wellbeing across all our communities and extend our international reach as a tourism, educational excellence and business destination.  

Like most councils, Brighton & Hove is facing significant financial pressures, which continue to present all our service areas with complex questions.

We continue to work towards closing a funding gap of £68m by 2020; success will demand concerted effort and innovation, alongside a relentless pursuit of efficiencies. But it’s even more important that we explore new ways of working and strive to improve our income streams in order to establish a sustainable financial model. 

As Assistant Director, Culture Tourism and Sport, you will lead on the delivery of the city’s visitor economy, cultural and sport and leisure strategies, and play a central part in shaping the future of the city.  As well as managing our seafront, with its £1billion investment programme, you will lead the creation of new cultural Trust for the city, oversee large scale capital programmes to deliver new cultural assets, lead on our events programme and develop a new investment plan for our sports and leisure assets.    

If you believe that you have the drive, skills and experience to contribute and influence at a senior level in our organisation, I would be delighted to receive your application.

Nick Hibberd 
Executive Director Economy, Environment & Culture 

Our diverse and vibrant community is passionate about our city and there’s a shared commitment to celebrating and promoting all that makes Brighton & Hove so unique.