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Job Title: Head of Planning & Building Control Services

St Helena Government

£63,900k + Living Supplement

Contract Type:
Full time

St Helena Island, International

Job Level:
Director / Partner


Closing Date:
10 May 23

Town Planning

Local Authority Overseas

Head of Services



St Helena Island, South Atlantic


3 years FTC available immediately

Total remuneration package of approximately £63,900k – which includes an international living supplement. See below for more details

Enjoying unique lifestyle opportunities, St Helena Island is a self-governing overseas territory of the United Kingdom. Although better placed to develop economically and socially as a result of opening our international airport in 2017, we are not at the stage of self-sufficiency and therefore remain dependent on UK government aid.


In this highly visible role you will be the professional lead on activities such as land development policy and management, building control and enforcement. As a ‘Head of Services’ you will also give expert advice to the Land Development Authority and Executive Council on planning policy and development applications, and to other government and community bodies on statutory land use planning and building control.


You will lead the Government’s Planning and Building Control Service as the Chief Planning Officer and Chief Building Inspector, preparing planning policy and guidance and offering building conservation advice to developers and government to protect the island's heritage.


Holding a first degree in town planning or building surveying together with professional accreditation, you have substantial post-graduate experience in planning or building surveying with a broad knowledge of effective policy, legal, and procedural requirements and considerable supervisory management.


You must have a background of strategic planning, drafting and preparing development plans and planning policies, and experience of development planning in historic environments and building conservation at policy and implementation levels. A clear understanding of the statutory planning process and the development of public policy and its impact on the public will be essential.


In addition, you must demonstrate our core values of fairness, integrity and teamwork and use your diverse expertise and experiences to ensure your time on the Island has the broadest benefit to St Helena. As an officer funded through the Technical Co-Operation Programme you will be expected to share your knowledge and skills beyond the workplace contributing to workforce, community and capacity development in St Helena.


Our Benefits Package Includes:

  • An International Supplement, full details of which are in the Overseas Vacancy Information at sthelenapublicservicejobs.sh
  • Relocation Allowances, full details of which are in the Overseas Vacancy Information at sthelenapublicservicejobs.sh
  • Annual Pension Contribution of 7.5% of salary
  • Annual Leave of 30 days per annum plus Public Holidays


How to Apply:

An application form is available at sthelenapublicservicejobs.sh where further information can also be found, or you may contact Kedell Worboys on 0203 818 7610 or via email: [email protected].


Applications must be sent to [email protected]and received by 10 May


To be considered for this role, you must complete our application form. Failure to do so will mean that your application will not be considered. Please do not submit your CV.

The Public Service positively accepts applications from all members of the community regardless of race, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief, and will consider all applications on the basis of merit, in accordance with the person specification. 

Due to the potential for high numbers of applications, if you have not heard from us within 2 weeks of the closing date you should assume you have not been short listed. We would like to thank you for your interest in working for St Helena Government.

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