Sutton appoints new Director of Development, Growth & Regeneration

Published Thursday, 1st April 2021

Carolyn Dwyer has been named Strategic Director for the new Development, Growth & Regeneration department at Sutton Council. She will join the borough in April.

The appointment follows the decision of the Council’s Strategy & Resources Committee in October 2020 to create two distinct departments for the next two years from the existing Environment, Housing & Regeneration Directorate. 

The new Development, Growth & Regeneration Directorate will lead on delivering:

  • Sutton’s economic recovery and jobs after lockdown

  • key regeneration projects, including the London Cancer Hub and Sutton town centre

  • strategic transport improvements for the borough’s residents

  • the borough’s response to the climate emergency.

These projects are an integral part of ‘Ambitious for Sutton’, which is the Council’s plan to shape local services until 2023.

Carolyn’s last role was the Director of Built Environment in the Corporation of London where she worked for six years. She has an extensive background in local government over the past thirty-five years, including in a diverse range of London boroughs, such as Lambeth, Richmond and Bexley.

Helen Bailey, Chief Executive of Sutton Council, said:

“Sutton is already a great place to live, work and raise a family and our new director will help turn our exciting plans for the future, including the world-class London Cancer Hub, into reality. 

“We want to hit the ground running to drive growth and inward investment into Sutton, and support our businesses and communities in the face of the ongoing impact of COVID-19. Leading the borough’s response to the climate emergency will also be a key part of the role.

“I am delighted to welcome Carolyn to Sutton and know she will use her vast experience, networks and skills to generate the maximum benefits for Sutton and achieve the best for our communities.”

Carolyn Dwyer said:

“I am excited by this opportunity to join Sutton and ensure the borough reaches its full potential.  

“My mission has always been to attract investment, help people and businesses thrive, deliver appropriate and sustainable growth, and enhance the local environment.   

“This new role is a unique opportunity to grow Sutton’s economy based around the life sciences and the London Cancer Hub. I look forward to helping develop the ambition and skills of the local community, as well as raise Sutton’s profile with stakeholders, partners, businesses and investors in London, the UK and internationally.”