Croydon Council has appointed Nick Hibberd as its new corporate director of sustainable communities, regeneration & economic recovery.
The corporate director role is responsible for one of the council’s key portfolios, directly impacting on the lives of every Croydon resident. Services which fall under this crucial role span across regeneration, planning, transport, waste and recycling, community safety and enforcement, culture, museums and libraries.
The role will oversee the regeneration of Croydon as it continues to grow as an exciting borough with increasing draw. As one of London’s largest boroughs and commercial hubs, Croydon is poised for real sustainable economic growth.
Nick’s appointment also coincides with Croydon’s upcoming tenure as London Borough of Culture 2023.
Nick has strong track record in local government and in his previous role served as Executive Director of Economy, Environment and Culture at Brighton & Hove City Council since 2016. In this role he was instrumental to city centre regeneration as well as showcasing the cultural wealth the city has to offer, both of which are core aims for Croydon’s corporate director brief.
In his almost 30-year career at Brighton & Hove City Council, he successfully delivered across a range of housing, development, and regeneration roles. He now brings this genuine commitment to public sector excellence with him as he picks up his new role at Croydon.
Nick said: “I am delighted to take on this key role as Croydon’s new management team transform the council into a modern, sustainable and resident-focused local authority.
“Croydon is a fantastic place and I have been struck by the passion of staff, elected members, residents, and businesses. I’m excited to work together with all of Croydon’s communities, with a focus on driving vital sustainable economic recovery following the pandemic.
“I am incredibly grateful for the experiences and support I received at Brighton & Hove and am excited to build on these experiences as I deliver the high quality services that Croydon rightly deserves.”
Councillor Hamida Ali, leader of the council said: “We’re thrilled that Nick is joining the team, bringing invaluable experience of sustainability and regeneration and the much needed ability to drive local economic growth.
“He takes on this core role at a challenging but exciting time for the council and the borough, as we recover from the pandemic and work towards financial stability. Nick’s track record demonstrates his strong commitment to high quality public service as we strive to create ambitious growth for our local economy and strong and safe communities.
“As we gear up for London Borough of Culture 2023, I also look forward to working closely with Nick, the team and our community to showcase everything going on in Croydon!”