James Barrah, Director - Housing & Communities

James BarrahJames Barrah, Director of Housing and Communities, joined Taunton Deane Borough Council in 2005.  He previously worked for Bristol City Council in Environmental Health roles, and moved to Taunton as Chief Environmental Health Officer.  Subsequently he became responsible for a wider range of services including the Councils retained housing function and Deane Helpline, a 24/7 care line service.

James is responsible for all aspects of Taunton Deane’s housing stock of 6000 homes along with strategic housing and community development for both Councils.  He is responsible for all of both Councils’ assets with responsibility for a wide ranging property and development service including new build housing developments and housing enabling.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Leadership of Housing Revenue Account Business Plan
  • Leadership of Strategic Housing, private sector housing, community development and Community Partnerships
  • Leadership of all housing and community development based services
  • Strategic leadership of all property, development and asset management services relating to the Councils assets
  • Working with the Director of Growth and Development to ensure that the community impact of Hinkley Point is managed
Post Details

Grade: Director

Contract Type: Permanent

Salary: £83,240 spot salary

Contact Details:

Email: j.barrah@tauntondeane.gov.uk

Tel No: 01823 358699

Assistant Directors

Simon LewisSimon Lewis, Assistant Director - Housing & Community Development