Why I love working for Hackney


Find out what it's like working for Hackney Council and why our staff love Hackney the place.

Some staff profiles:

Cory Defoe - Dalston Town Centre Manager

Cory is Dalston's town centre manager. He is in constant contact with business owners on the busy Kingsland High Road and the famous Ridley Road Market. He acts as a point of contact between retailers, bar and club owners and the Council. 
Cory regularly visits the town centre and he can often be spotted talking to traders in the market, sharing information about Council services and helping them with any concerns or ideas they might have.  

In my own words

My job is a challenging one but, as a sociable person, it's perfect for me as I get to go out and about meeting people and helping to make a difference in an area that I really care about. 
My job, and the trust I've been able to build with people who work in Dalston, gives me a unique insight into the businesses that keep the area ticking. I feed this back to our regeneration team who help to maintain and develop the area's thriving economy. 
A typical day can see me head over to Ridley Road Market to catch up with traders to see how our regeneration project is going. Then I might go for a meeting with local bar and club owners for an update on our Pubwatch scheme and think about how they can all link up together along with council officers, street wardens and the police, to make sure our night time economy is as safe as possible.

Then I might head back to the office to meet with some of the regeneration team to talk through applications for pop-up businesses, which are really popular in Dalston at the moment. It's our job to help these start-up companies, but we've also got to look out for the needs of long-established businesses and residents.

My 5 favourite places in Hackney are:

1. Ridley Road Market.
2. Hackney Downs Park.
3. Arcola Theatre.
4. Dalston Peace Mural.
5. Vortex Bar.

Jono Lyons - Design and Commercial Manager

Jono Lyons manages Hackney's brands and design team. He works with the rest of the communications team to provide strategic advice on the Council's image and reputation.

His team provide design, marketing and film services to over 100 service areas and develop all of the Council's major campaigns - from posters and leaflets to videos, web pages and Hackney branded promotional items.

He also works with the regeneration team and outside organisations to develop the borough's place brand, which promotes inward investment and talks about Hackney as the real heart of London and the place to work, live and visit.

In my own words

Having worked in the private sector before joining the Council, I have a good understanding of the commercial applications in the different areas of communications business. With the large financial constraints on local councils, I have started to promote a more commercial way of working to develop new revenue streams for the service.

A typical day can range from setting up film shoots with directors and staff, to briefing designers on one of the Council's major campaigns.

When I first joined Hackney I was very worried about the type of work I would be able to do, as I had a pre-conceived idea of what went on in councils. I have now been here over 6 years and I would never have been able to work on so many varied campaigns and jobs in any agency in the private sector.

Another great thing about working in Hackney is that I can still walk my son to school in the morning because I live locally and getting into work is really easy. 

My 5 favourite places in Hackney are:

1. Cycle route in through London Fields.
2. Energie fitness club.
3. Tad Turkish restaurant.
4. Clissold House.
5. The art scene in the borough.

Sara Maxted - Venues and Events (part-time)

Sara works with our events team to make sure that events at two of Hackney's most popular venues run smoothly. From weddings to  parties, conferences to concerts, no two days are the  same.
Hackney's venues are becoming increasingly popular thanks  to the work of Sara and her team, who are helping to put on fantastic days for  residents and those who live outside the borough. She's also helping to bring vital funding into the Council.

In my own words

I joined Hackney Council 4 months ago.  When the venues and event role was advertised I was immediately interested, as I'm a mother of 2 lovely children. What sold it for me was the fact that I could work part-time in a really interesting and challenging role, and still be able to spend time with the kids.
My role covers a wide remit, which includes managing the Stoke Newington Town Hall and Clissold House venues and the events that take place there. 
There is a great  variety of events going on at Stoke Newington Town Hall, including a monthly  film club and business conferences. Weddings, though, are our bread and butter - and the time when everyone gets more  emotional.

A typical day can include meeting clients to plan  their events and operationally managing events on site.
I have lived in Hackney for 13 years, and have always loved the diverse communities that make it tick. We are blessed with loads of green spaces where I can take the kids, and getting around the borough is very much easier now that we have the overground.

My 5 favourite places in Hackney are:

1. Chatsworth Road Market.
2. Hackney Picture House.
3. Dalston CLR James Library.
4. The Clapton Hart pub.
5. Street Feast.




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