Director of Open Spaces, Leisure & Culture London Borough Enfield

Be Bold, Make a Difference, Show you Care!

Enfield is home to an increasingly diverse population we are investing in our places and people to make sure they all thrive. We are developing a whole community approach to our communities whether it’s through our flagship libraries, social care strategies or community led regeneration we want to continuously drive our improvement in our services to deliver a fairer and vibrant council and borough. Making a positive difference at London Borough of Enfield is central to our borough’s mission and caring for all our communities and diversity sits at the heart of all we do.

As our new Director and part of our senior management team, you will lead a team of 120 staff for our Leisure, Rural Estate, Parks & Culture service.

Our assets include over 1,000 hectares of parks and open spaces attracting 13m visitors a year. You’ll be highly ambitious, shaping and managing our community focussed services across the Council, responsible for leading and promoting a fairer health and well-being approach and positive culture in a borough where everyone feels valued and included.

If you have experience of leading and developing community focussed leisure, commissioning or culture led strategies which have sustainable and commercial thinking at their core, then we would be delighted to hear from you!

For a confidential discussion please contact Priyesh Bhadressa on 07548 108176 and email:

or Pete John on 07701 305617 and email:

To apply for this role please visit Exec Search ( 

**We are not asking for candidates to apply via our council site

We are passionate about our people and how we deliver services to our community in Enfield. That’s why we encourage a culture that puts our customers at the heart of everything we do – by empowering our people to work together to find solutions, be open, honest and respectful, take responsibility and listen and learn. If you value these behaviours too, we’d love to hear from you – and of course we are always happy to talk flexible working.

Why it’s great to work for Enfield Council:

  • An excellent pension through the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS).
  • Up to 32 days annual leave depending on grade and length of service. You will also get eight public holidays per year and an extra day off at Christmas.
  • A blend of remote and office based working for most roles.
  • Interest free season ticket loan repayable over three or ten months.
  • Career development and learning experiences from a range of training courses and learning methods.
  • Employee Assistance Programme to provide advice and counselling services. This is a free and confidential service available to staff and members of their family.
  • Health and leisure discounts and tax-free bikes for work.
  • 1 month paid sabbatical for Children’s Social Workers

For further information, please click the links below.

candidate-briefing-pack-director-of-open-spaces-leisure-culture-apr-24.pdf (

blue-and-green-strategy-adopted-planning-2.pdf (

enfield-council-plan-2023-2026-your-council.pdf (

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