Lead our Policy Design & Scrutiny Team

3 min readSep 26, 2022


Are you looking for a new challenge where you can bring your skills, networks and passion to help strategy tackle inequalities and improve local places? Are you excited about working with citizens and partners to develop solutions to complex issues?

As a Policy Design & Scrutiny Manager, you will be responsible for supporting the senior leadership to develop strategic responses to current and future challenges to build a fairer Newham. We take an iterative and participative approach to designing policy, working collaboratively with residents & partners. You will be supported by a team of Senior Policy Design Officers and Senior Scrutiny Officers to deliver this.

Come and apply!

Welcome to Newham!

We are proud to be one of the youngest & most diverse local areas in the UK, with over seven in ten of our residents from ethnically diverse communities. But Covid has also exposed deep structural inequalities within Newham that we are determined to tackle.

We are one of the fastest growing areas in the UK, and home to the Olympic Park, the Royal Docks and London’s City Hall, as well as global leaders like the BBC, V&A, Sadler’s Wells, UAL & UCL.

Our residents are the beating heart & soul of our communities and we believe that it is only by working in partnership with them that we will realise the vision set out in our Building a Fairer Newham strategy. Discover how we’ve already started delivering since May.

Join a pioneering council that puts residents at the heart of everything we do

We are one of the country’s leading councils when it comes to participative democracy, launching a Democracy & Civic Participation Commission, developing the UK’s first Permanent Citizens’ Assembly, one of the largest participatory budgeting programmes in the country and partnering with the UK’s first community-led longitudinal study on livelihoods.

We have a strong reputation for developing ambitious long-term to big issues, from our Towards a Better Newham, Community Wealth Building and 50 Steps Health & Wellbeing strategies to transformational services like Our Newham Work, Money & Skills, or our Employment Rights Hub.

Join our new Policy Design, Scrutiny & Partnerships service

We have developed a new service bringing together three portfolios to act as the “nerve centre” of the organisation.

  • Research & Inclusion
  • Policy Design & Scrutiny
  • Strategic Partnerships

How we work

We take a “think and do” approach to everything we do. We believe in the power of working in an open, collaborative and participative way that empowers our staff, partners and residents to develop strategic solutions, test them out and grow them to achieve better impact. We do that by:

  • Developing tools, training and partnerships to help services work collaboratively
  • Building networks with people in Newham and beyond who are pioneering work
  • Using innovative tools and methods to open up work for feedback and collaboration
  • Creating platforms for Newham to position itself on its strengths

Above all, we’re looking for people who are passionate and have shown they can mobilise people and deliver significant change that improves outcomes for people, whatever sector you come from.

Come and apply!




Head of Policy Design, Scrutiny & Partnerships @newhamlondon #localgov Co-founder of #systemschange & #servicedesign progs. inspired by @cescaalbanese