Cycling and Walking Commissioner
Cycling & walking play a key role in creating a sustainable transport network that meets the travel needs of local businesses and communities – connecting people to opportunities and improving choice, convenience, affordability and safety across the West Midlands for all citizens. That is why we have taken bold steps to get more people cycling and walking, with a major programme of new segregated cycle routes and the rollout of the West Midlands Cycle Hire scheme. It is also why the Mayor made a manifesto pledge to recruit a Cycling and Walking Commissioner to further the region’s cycling ambitions.
This is a part-time role working 3 days/week on a fixed term for 3 year.
This role will support the delivery of mayoral commitments on cycling and walking and will act as strategic advisor to the Senior Leadership Team, TfWM, West Midlands local authorities and other key partners on the direction of our walking and cycling strategy. The role will be responsible for driving forward the West Midlands ambition for cycling and walking, ensuring an approach which is aligned with national Government strategy.
What will you be doing?
- Monitor the delivery of major cycling and walking programmes and ensure the delivery of the Mayor’s manifesto pledges, including:
- develop detailed designs and business cases for at least ten major routes on the Starley Network
- develop a new working model with local authority transport leads to drive delivery on critical cycling infrastructure
- secure significant investment from the Government’s Gear Change fund and forge close relationships with the Department for Transport
- take the Starley Network vision out to our communities, setting up and leading a new Citizen’s Panel to steer cycling and walking schemes at the pre-application stage
- Act as an advocate for cycling and walking in the West Midlands, promoting the heath, environmental, social and economic benefits
- Undertake a strategic review of current delivery arrangements for the Cycling and Walking Programme and infrastructure, identifying key areas for improvement
- Oversee and provide senior strategic policy advice on the development of routes and core walking zones in the West Midlands Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan
- Advise senior stakeholders and present relevant cycling and walking schemes to Transport Delivery Committee and Scrutiny Committee
- Work collaboratively with the public, private and third sectors to agree priorities for cycling and working programmes, promote cycling safety and monitor outcomes across the region
- Promote cycle safety as a key priority across the West Midlands and actively lobby Government on legislative changes and policy development designed to improve safety for cyclists
- Provide strategic oversight on TfWM cycling and walking communications and take overall responsibility for the communications strategy
- Identify new opportunities to secure additional funding/resources to support cycling and walking programmes across the region
- Represent the Mayor in the media and at public engagements across the region as required
- Provide written and oral briefings, advice and reports for the Mayor’s Office as required
- Actively engage with DfT to prepare the region for the arrival of Active Travel England, ensuring any new standards for infrastructure are aligned to future DfT standards
We’re looking for someone with experience of working at a senior level, advising on policy reform and strategy development, with good understanding of the active travel policy agenda and the Government’s strategic priorities in this space. Experience of successfully overseeing large and complex budgets, with multiple funding sources and associated funding agreements, and experience of monitoring the delivery of strategic plans, evaluating performance and delivery of outcomes is needed to be successful in this role. Our ideal applicant will be able to demonstrate the following:
- Ability to work collaboratively across a wide range of senior stakeholders
- Confidence, with the interpersonal and influencing skills needed to inform and persuade senior stakeholders
- Good analytical skills, able to analyse information and utilise it in effective decision-making
- Ability to use innovative solutions to overcome barriers to delivery
- Confident public speaking skills with the ability to manage their own media enquires in most circumstances
- Experience of working in a political environment at a senior level and engaging with government at different levels (local/regional/national)
Our role in the West Midlands has never been more important and in these extraordinary times we’ve shown we can step forward, speak up for our region and bring people together. Everything we do is focused on making life better for people in the West Midlands – that’s our reason for being here and it drives every move we make. We lead and support others to deliver our shared future vision for the region – a happier, healthier, better connected place to live and work.
We fully believe that we are only as great as the people who work for us and are committed to providing a positive, healthy and inclusive working environment where our people feel valued and respected. We are a “Leaders in Diversity” accredited organisation, are in the Inclusive Top 50 Employers List and are one of The Times Top 50 Employers for Women.
Our employees feel they can make a difference and are excited by the growth and the potential to shape the future. As we undergo a period of significant change, our employees are engaging with what is going on and we are encouraging a culture where people feel they can contribute towards improvements.
We’re ambitious, forward thinking and determined to find better ways of working, always leading the way in what we do. We trust and support each other to get the job done, and encourage creativity, originality and curiosity from those who work with us. We’re committed to creating an accessible and diverse workplace, one that nurtures an inclusive environment where our people can be themselves.
If your values align with ours and you’re committed to working towards creating a future we can all be proud of, we want to hear from you.
We are designing our organisation of the future and planning a new, flexible approach to the way we use our office space. This approach will mean most of us working from home some of the time and using our office space to come together to share ideas and learn from each other. We will continue to use digital technology for meetings, collaboration and communications - bringing teams together virtually wherever they’re working, saving time and spending on travel.
We are committed to developing an organisation that is representative of the diverse communities that we serve and welcome applications from all sections of the community. The following groups are currently underrepresented: young people, Black, Asian and ethnic minority groups and women at senior levels.
We are a Disability Confident Employer and offer a guaranteed interview scheme for applicants who meet the essential job role criteria. We will make reasonable adjustments, in line with the Equality Act, for disabled applicants if these are needed. Wherever possible we will offer flexible working options which assist work-life balance.
We’re dedicated to providing a broad range of rewards and benefits and constantly benchmark our benefits packages to ensure they are attractive for all our people. As well as a competitive salary, employees also receive 27 days annual leave (plus bank holidays) and access to a great pension scheme.
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