Northumberland County Council Careers

Culture and Creative Zone Manager


About the role

Hybrid with a Berwick base
Full time – 37 hours per week
£40,478 – £44,539

Northumberland County Council operates a huge range of services across one of the largest counties in the UK. Local Government’s ongoing challenges and the diversity of our residents means we have to work smarter. That’s why we want bold, creative and agile thinkers who can help us move forward and innovate.


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The Service.

The culture and creative sector is a key part of Northumberland’s economy and is valued highly within the County. The Council has attracted £1.5m of funding from the North of Tyne Combined Authority to develop an ambitious Culture and Creative Zone(CCZ) for Berwick upon Tweed to support the growth of the sector, to attract tourism and benefit local people.


Taking inspiration from other UK and international cities this pilot Zone will focus on supporting the existing and emerging clusters within Berwick and Northumberland through the progressive implementation of a range of tailored interventions that are authentic to the challenges and opportunities of that locality.


We are now ready to appoint an exceptional cultural and creative professional as the Culture and Creative Zone Project Manager. The postholder needs to have a strong understanding of town centre regeneration and creative industries economic growth. They should have a high-level skills set including sensitive and inclusive project management, monitoring and reporting with clarity and effectiveness and the ability to take partners, stakeholders and communities with them on delivering an ambitious CCZ that achieves excellent impact.


The CCZ Project Manager will drive forward the development and delivery of the Culture and Creative Zone. They will work with Council colleagues to successfully procure the project staff, external consultants and advisors, lead on all monitoring and reporting of spend and performance, manage stakeholder engagement and comms, and develop and deliver project activities. The delivery of a successful CCZ for Berwick upon Tweed by 2027 will be sustainable, highly regarded and will achieve the outcomes and ambitions set out in the project business plan.


The CCZ will deliver:

• a 2027 vision for Berwick delivering transformational change
• a focal point for strategic coordination and collaboration, bringing together the wide range of existing and planned cultural and creative projects and activities
• co-designed complementary and new cultural programmes
• relevant training and advice to ensure the sector develops and grows, supporting workspace provision, facilities and resources
• improved and coordinated visibility of Berwick’s cultural and creative offer

The Role.

The Rural Growth Service sits in Economy and Regeneration.


We work across a number of themes, including natural capital, energy, culture, place, and business support.


The team supports the development of programmes and projects within these themes working with partners across the council and a range of external partners, to deliver benefits to the economy and communities across Northumberland.


Support is provided, alongside others, to help the Economy and Regeneration Service deliver the following primary functions:

• Maximise opportunities to champion rural productivity and stewardship;
• Promote employability and inclusion, particularly for those furthest from the labour market;
• Promote Northumberland’s interests at regional and national level
• Provide advice and services which support the Council in its role as Accountable Body for external grant funding
• Advise, support and advocate the Creative and Cultural sector to support economic and community development
For example, we support the development and delivery of various regeneration programmes including:
• Various Borderlands Programmes, such as Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site, Energy Master planning, Berwick Maltings, Ad Gefrin, Walking & Cycling.
• Supports business/communities sustainability through energy investment/funding and energy advice
• Supports the Council’s Climate Change programme and drive for Clean Growth.
• Supports the Great Northumberland Forest project and Local Nature Recovery Strategies
• Supports the North of Tyne Low Carbon Energy Programme
• Management of the Rural Business Growth Service and appraisal of applications for the Rural Business Growth Fund
• Energising Blyth: new build Culture Centre and Culture & Placemaking programme
• Hexham High Streets Heritage Action Zone
• Ashington High Street Innovation programme
• Berwick upon Tweed Culture and Creative Zone
• NTCA Culture, Creative and Tourism workstream

We are offering.

• A starting salary of £40,478 (Band 9)
• 25 days annual leave plus public and bank holidays (rising to 30 after 5 years of service)(pro-rata for part-time employees)
• Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme
• A wide range of staff benefits including a competitive annual leave provision
• Flexible working arrangements

Further information.



Please note that this is a full time?position but applications on a secondment or part time basis would be considered for the right applicant. For guidance on completing your application and for information about our Equality and Diversity principles, please check the Northumberland Council Website.


We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer. We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria. If you wish to notify us of your eligibility for this scheme please email with your name and the job title you have applied for and one of the recruitment team will ensure this is factored in the shortlisting process and kept anonymous. If you have a disability and would prefer to apply in a different format or would like us to make reasonable adjustments to enable you to attend an interview please also let the team know.

We want to ensure that all employees, future employees and applicants are treated equally regardless of age, gender, marital or civil partnership status, colour, ethnic or national origin, culture, religious belief, philosophical belief, political opinion, disability, gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation. If you require any additional support or adjustments to help you make an application, please contact us at

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Culture and Creative Zone Manager