Economy, Skills and Environment

Information about the Economy, Skills and Environment Directorate

Economy, Skills and Environment brings together a wide range of functions which have the broad aim to promote prosperity and development while protecting and improving our natural and historic environment.

Role and aims

  • Promoting prosperity and development while protecting and improving our natural and historic environment
  • Supporting sustainable growth in Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich and the wider Haven Gateway
  • Supporting the economic and social regeneration in Lowestoft and rural areas
  • Providing public transport to meet accessibility needs affordably
  • Reducing casualties on Suffolk roads
  • Supporting the ‘Creating the Greenest County’ initiative
  • Developing an integrated coast defence strategy
  • Delivering waste solutions which are both environmental good practice and affordable

Key activities

  • Commissioning and leadership of Economy, Skills and Environment strategies and policies, including strategic client roles.
  • Commissioning and decommissioning service provision: defining the required service provision and providing the required specialist input to procurement
  • Setting the standards for delivery and managing performance to ensure they are met, drawing input from the knowledge and analytics team and the sourcing, procurement and contact management teams as appropriate
  • Financial allocation and management across priorities within the service area
  • Accountability for service specific statutory roles and functions (including health and safety)
  • Service-specific horizon-scanning to anticipate service developments
  • Specialist input to service-specific policy development
  • Driving performance improvement in the service
  • Dialogue with portfolio holders – providing advice, briefing and support
  • Leading on service-specific partnerships
  • Leading services related projects and programmes,
  • Dialogue with service regulators
  • Contributing to the corporate agenda and issues


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