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Lincoln BIG Launches Search for New Chief Executive

Opportunity knocks for an ambitious manager eager to play a key role in driving the future success of one of the East Midlands’ fastest-growing cities.

Date: 16th Apr '18

Lincoln BIG (Business Improvement Group) has launched its search for a new Chief Executive, who would relish the challenge of taking the city’s business improvement district (BID) into its fourth term and beyond.

The move follows the current Chief Executive Matt Corrigan’s decision to step down at the end of this year. It also comes at a time when Lincoln continues to attract massive investment, on the higher education, retail, leisure and tourism fronts.

The city is increasingly getting itself noticed.  A national newspaper recently described our beautiful Cathedral city as having a “fresh energy and contemporary edge.”

The new Chief Executive, who can expect to be paid in the region of £50,000, will be tasked with helping to develop a clear vision and identity for Lincoln.

They will not only understand the BID concept, but be capable of balancing the needs of Lincoln BIG’s levy payers with those of other stakeholders – and be happy to work in partnership with a variety of outside organisations.

Lincoln BIG has an annual turnover more than £1 million and employs more than 15 people. The committed team works hard in a variety of diverse ways to help to make the city as vibrant, attractive and economically successful as possible.

The BID runs important programmes – staging regular festivals, colourful street markets and other events, operating security and access schemes and brightening the street scene through its In Bloom initiative.

Whoever takes over the reins of Chief Executive will have overall responsibility for the BID’s 2020-2025 business plan.  They will also have the chance to influence the new city centre masterplan.

Overall, Lincoln BIG is seeking someone with bright ideas that will help to put Lincoln on the map, highly-developed communication skills and, if possible, with some understanding of UK and European grant funding schemes.

“Whilst I have decided to step down my post at the end of the year, I am happy to have an informal chat with potential applicants who would like to know more about what this job entails,” said Mr Corrigan. You can contact him via email.

The City of Lincoln Council supporting the recruitment process for this role – but the successful candidate will be employed independently by Lincoln BIG.

Job applications, which can be made through the City of Lincoln Council website close a midnight on July 8.  Initial interviews for shortlisted candidates will take place by the end of July.