Building a Successful Future
The shape and blend of skills and experience within successful leadership teams often reflects the organisation’s context and the challenges ahead.
Worcester City Council provides essential services for over 95,000 residents. Working with the local community they aim to create a prosperous city and to improve the quality of life for everyone. Providing accessible, efficient and best value services are at the heart of everything they do. They are constantly striving to meet the demands and expectations of their citizens and customers. Approximately 300 people work for the Council which makes it one of the largest employers in the city. There are 35 councillors in total, from 15 wards in the city. Each one is elected for a term of four years, with elections held annually.
The vision for Worcester is of a city that is prosperous, accessible, diverse and inclusive; with great opportunities for work, leisure, sport and tourism alongside a quality of life that is attractive to all. The central focus of the corporate city plan is people and communities, making them stronger, more prosperous, helping them to fully participate in the experience of living in their city, to be connected to each other and to achieve their aspirations. Worcester City Council also want Worcester and its residents to play an increasing role in the livelihood and wellbeing of Worcestershire and in the growing prosperity of the West Midlands.
By 2021 the Council wants Worcester to be recognised as a growing cosmopolitan cathedral and university city with a great heritage offer, where residents from all communities are given the opportunity to achieve the best possible lives for themselves and their families – a city that is uniquely Worcester. They want their riverside to become an international as well as a national destination, and their restaurants, bars and shops to include a fabulous mix of mainstream, independent and designer traders, embracing the artisan and quirky. They want Worcester to remain a safe city with a strong base of creativity and innovation, but for it also to be a city with a growing international reputation for sporting excellence for people of all abilities.
Alongside all this success the Council’s vision is to maintain Worcester’s precious environment through sensitive management of local and city-wide activities and to encourage the use of sustainable energy whenever possible. They want to work to eradicate poverty in some of their poorest neighbourhoods and strive to support everyone to get involved in the city’s future.
Worcester is known for its strong community spirit, as a city where people support each other, ‘muck in’ and do their bit, not just for their own families but for their neighbours and communities too. Both public, private and third sector partners in our city work together to provide support where it is needed in the most effective way possible, using their collective resources to achieve the best possible outcomes for the city. The vision is for this community spirit to be enhanced further as we move towards 2021.