Search begins for High Streets Task Force Chair

Published 30 December 2019
Last updated 30 December 2019

The High Streets Task Force, commissioned by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and part of the Government's Plan for the High Street, supports local leaders to revitalise high streets and town centres. The Task Force is now looking to appoint a Chair for the Task Force Board, to take up post in Spring 2020.

The High Streets Task Force is led by the Institute of Place Management at Manchester Metropolitan University and is comprised of a consortium of delivery experts, professional bodies, data and intelligence providers, analysts, and town centre network organisations. Together we offer an authoritative and trusted voice for the high street.

The Chair of the Board will act as an inspirational figurehead of the Task Force by:

• supporting the formation of a strong, authoritative, respected High Streets Task Force Board;

• chairing the High Streets Task Force Board and its bi-annual meetings;

• sharing the insight and the achievements of the High Streets Task Force;

• representing the High Streets Task Force to the public, through presentations and media appearances;

• providing advice and guidance to the Executive team and MHCLG to ensure the successful delivery of the High Streets Task Force.

High Streets Task Force Board

The Task Force Board will comprise place leaders who have significant experience of transforming high streets and town centres. Board Members are people with a specific sectoral or personal interest who have actual, recent experience of working in partnership to transform a high street or town centre. These place leaders come from a variety of backgrounds, including BIDs, property, finance, retail, local authorities, civic society, leisure etc. They have been a driving force behind an initiative that has made a measurable and sustainable difference to a particular place.

The Board’s responsibilities in relation to its role and accountabilities include:

• approving changes to timetable, cost, offer or quality, before seeking contractual approval from MHCLG;

• group review of the work and outputs of the Task Force;

• monitoring overall progress and performance of the Task Force;

• select issues of importance and research to be investigated by the Task Force Professional, Research and Data Group;

• ensuring that the Task Force meets MHCLG’s four key objectives: boost local authority capacity, build place-making skills, coordinate stakeholders and share information, data and best practice;

• sharing collective feedback, suggestions or concerns with relevant stakeholders and delivery groups;

• determining decisions and information that need to be escalated to Government;

• publicly representing the Task Force through media interviews and presentations to raise awareness of its work and positive impact on local high streets;

• amplifying the communications of the High Street Task Force through social media, personal networks and contacts;

• contributing to thought leadership and comment pieces produced by the High Streets Task Force.

Recruiting a Chair

Our Chair will have:

• previous Board experience at a senior level;

• a demonstrable knowledge of high streets/town centres and the factors impacting on them;

• excellent relationship building experience and an ability to work with and through others to achieve objectives;

• strong communication skills and the ability to be an ambassador for the Task Force;

Upon appointment we will provide a full briefing on the Task Force, its operating model and structures and its objectives. We will support this with a wider induction including meetings with MHCLG, consortium members and key partners.

Time commitment

The High Streets Task Force will operate until 30th June 2024. We are looking to appoint a Chair for the duration of that period.

The Board will meet twice a year but with direct support to the Task Force, media engagement and speaking opportunities we anticipate involvement will be in the order of one day per month but this will be agreed on appointment.

To apply

We require a CV of no more than 2 sides of A4 and a supporting statement of no more than 2 sides of A4 setting out how you meet the criteria.

Entries must be submitted by 14th February 2020 and sent to