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Find out more about the Growth and Development Directorate:

Eddie Smith

Strategic Director, Growth and Development

I’m Eddie Smith and I’m in charge of the Growth and Development directorate.

You’ll find plenty of exciting, challenging and rewarding roles working in our team. The team helps to drive investment into the city to boost jobs, connect residents to those jobs, and build new homes. It also helps to provide the necessary critical infrastructure (digital fibre, power etc) for schools and local services – such as new health facilities – to sustain Manchester’s impressive economic and population growth. 

A typical day will see our Development team meet with investors and developers who want to invest in the city. 

We’re currently working on a wide variety of projects, including high-profile developments such as St John’s – home to The Factory, Manchester's landmark new cultural venue – the area around Manchester Airport, and the ongoing transformation of the Etihad Campus. We also have a wide range of smaller-scale but equally important projects to build new homes in neighbourhoods across the city, as well as plans to create new employment for our residents.


Our Housing and Residential Growth team works with colleagues in both the Development team and the Planning, Building Control and Licensing team to ensure that the city has enough good-quality apartments and family homes to house the city’s growing population, including those affected by homelessness. They also make sure there’s ample affordable housing for those on very low and average incomes. 

Manchester’s growth creates new employment opportunities, and the city displays distinctive strengths in science, advanced manufacturing, culture, creative and digital business. 



Our Work and Skills team and Manchester Adult Education Services offer a variety of programmes of training and mentoring. These equip Manchester residents of all ages with the qualifications and industry experience needed to take advantage of the city’s many emerging new jobs and roles.  

Finally, one of our most vital teams in the directorate is the Facilities Management team. The team looks after our buildings to make sure that staff across the Council have safe, warm and clean places to work.  

So that’s a snapshot of what we do in Growth and Development. We’re proud of our city and its residents and believe in their potential. 

I’ve been with the Council for nearly 20 years, and I’m constantly inspired by the passion and dedication displayed by our staff. We recognise and value the strengths of our colleagues, and it’s in our culture to listen, welcome and encourage staff to share their ideas about how to change things for the better.

Now is an exciting time to join us and help shape the future of this great city. If you feel inspired to become part of a team that plays a pivotal role in the development of Manchester as one of Europe's fastest-growing cities, we’d love to hear from you.