Integrated Head of Equalities & Engagement

Hello, I am Sharmila Kar, Joint Director of Equality, Inclusion and Engagement, and I am delighted that you are interested in the role of Integrated Head of Equality and Engagement.

This is a particularly exciting time to join our organisation and the wider Manchester system. Manchester is still a place defined by its diversity, vibrancy, and creativity. As we work for a more equal and greener future, we will continue to build on our history of finding new ways of working and getting things done.

Manchester City Council is a commissioner and service provider and one of the larger local employers in the city, working closely with strategic partners and other local organisations. This puts us in an ideal position to play a significant role in leading the way to ensuring everyone has opportunities available to them, is treated fairly and is made to feel like they belong.

The new Our Manchester Strategy (2025-2035) that is being developed along with a refresh of Council’s Equality Objectives (2024 -2028) will enable us to ensure that advancing equity and tackling inequality are at the heart of our approach to deliver effective interventions at the right place and level so that we can make a difference to our diverse population.

We work with passion and pride in Manchester. You will be working with a team of equality and engagement professional officers across the council and health to assist us to deliver on our ambitions to embed and advance equity and inclusion. Working on behalf of our residents, Council services and communities is a deeply rewarding, yet challenging experience.

This is a new integrated senior role, working closely with me you will play a key part in driving forward the delivery of a range of programmes, to support both Manchester City Council and Manchester Integrated Care Partnership’s activities to deliver on our ambitions by scaling up and accelerating high impact actions to reduce inequality.

I look forward to your interest and learning more about you.

Best of luck with your application!

Sharmila Kar


Strategic Lead Sustainable Travel

Assistant Director Development & Investment Estate

Hello, I am Becca Heron, the Strategic Director of Growth and Development, and I am delighted that you are interested in our role of Assistant Director Development and Investment Estate and Strategic Lead Sustainable Travel.

As Strategic Director of Growth and Development at Manchester City Council, I have a key role in the delivery of the ambitions set out in the Our Manchester strategy, leading the city’s recovery following the pandemic, building on the successes of the last two decades to drive inclusive growth that will ensure the city continues to be one of the most exciting destinations in Europe to live, work and play.

Thank you for your interest in joining Manchester City Council’s Growth and Development Services; I can honestly say building on a solid platform of ambition, achievement, innovation, stability and our ability to deliver high quality safe, inclusive development and regeneration and our commitment to developing and delivering on our Air Quality, Net-zero carbon, sustainable transport and Manchester LAEP objectives means there has never been a better time to join the leadership team.

Manchester is one of the world’s greatest cities. A place with a reputation for innovation and creativity; a thriving regional economy; and a proud sense of identity. We are a city with a rich history, a vibrant present-day, and much to look forward to going forward.

These two key roles are central to our success and our future plans in delivering our ambitions for the city and our people. The Assistant Director Development and Investment Estate will lead regeneration across the city, lead the delivery of our strategic development sites along with District Centre investment planning, be our commercial lead for investment estate management and as our Chief Property Officer provide property advice and assurance across all Council functions. The Strategic Lead Sustainable Travel is a new role and is responsible for the development of the environment, clean air, transport and other infrastructure policies and strategies in the city and wider region. This is a key leadership role with responsibility for the management and co-ordination of teams developing and delivering on our Air Quality, Net-zero carbon, sustainable transport and Manchester LAEP objectives.

We are looking for colleagues who are truly team players, able to forge strong relationships with developers, partners and colleagues, and more importantly able to provide effective leadership, support and advice to deliver our objectives for sustainable travel, growth and development, new homes, new jobs and attracting investment.

You may have gathered by now, Manchester is a diverse city with huge ambition, innovation and drive. Working in Manchester gives you the chance to do things that you would not get to do in other places, and it is a hugely exciting place to live and work.

Manchester’s ethos is to fairness and equality, so that all the people in our city can benefit from the opportunities that our economic growth brings.

I hope you too are excited by our future and make a commitment to apply.

I look forward to receiving your application.

For an informal discussion about this post please contact our advising consultants.

Best wishes

Becca Heron

Becca Heron