The role of Chief Executive Ryedale and Assistant Chief Executive North Yorkshire County Council is a career enhancing opportunity
"Our focus is to support and encourage business enterprise, securing new investments"
The role of Chief Executive Ryedale District Council and Assistant Chief Executive North Yorkshire County Council is a career enhancing opportunity. Providing the platform to make a real place shaping difference to the communities of Ryedale, whilst having a strategic leadership role at scale across the breadth of North Yorkshire, geographically the largest and one of the best local authorities in the country.
Together we are ambitious and forward thinking, with a track record of strong performance, the ideal base for an ambitious leader to grow their career and make their mark.
Ryedale is a diverse and beautiful area of spectacular scenery, bustling market towns, dale and hill farms, and picturesque villages.
We are much more than beautiful! We are an ambitious and forward thinking Council, we have set out our direction and vision to ensure we meet our challenges and also seize opportunities to enhance Ryedale District as a great place to live, visit and do business.
With no overall controlling political party, the political context at Ryedale is not without challenge, however members are united in their commitment and ambition for Ryedale. Therefore we need a Chief Executive whose strong, pragmatic and influential leadership enables the clarity of focus on strong performance within complex political structures.
Ryedale DC is a fourth option council, operating a Committee structure; Chair of the Policy and Resources Committee at the Council Luke Ives is “looking forward to the dynamism and opportunities that a new Chief Executive will bring to help the Council enhance the lives of the districts 53,000 residents”.
Our focus is to support and encourage business enterprise, securing new investments, working with our people and businesses to help them reach their full potential. Improve employment opportunities, support access to training and education, and improve housing supply, healthy life choices and our cultural offer. Enabling and supporting people to get involved and contribute to local services. To continue the programme of transforming the council, rationalising the asset portfolio and lead the potential relocation of the council from its current home, as one of your first priorities.
We are looking for an astute leader with the ability, ambition, drive and purpose to make a difference and deliver our vision, further improve our successful services and build their resilience.
Ryedale DC is committed to working in partnership with North Yorkshire CC, sharing services to build capacity, resilience and efficiencies. As this is a new role, you will lead this partnership to realise the opportunities of being stronger together; for the mutual benefit for the communities we service.
Richard Flinton, Chief Executive of North Yorkshire County Council takes great pride in the successful track record of the County Council. The independent Local Government Association (LGA) peer review was one of the most positive reports they had ever written: ‘North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) is a very good council – its services are highly regarded and the peer review team witnessed areas of excellence… [it] has a clear understanding of the challenges and the opportunities that the county council and the county face.’
As Assistant Chief Executive for North Yorkshire County Council you will be part of the Corporate Management Board with the joint responsibility for the strategic leadership of the authority, working closely with the Chief Executive. The portfolio assigned to the Assistant Chief Executive can in part be dependent on the skill, expertise and interests of the appointed person. This will require the post holder to tackle key strategic issues head on, take a lead role in navigating complex partnerships and work across a two tier system.
This is an exciting opportunity to make an impact on the community now and for the future.
If you believe you can meet our challenge, we look forward to receiving your application.
Cllr Luke Ives
Chair of the Policy and Resources Committee RDC
Chief Executive NYCC
Ryedale District Council is committed to continuing doing what matters for Ryedale through prioritising and achieving Sustainable Growth, focussing on Customers and Communities and demonstrating a ‘One Ryedale' approach. Sharing the PROUD values and behaviours of passion, respect, openness, unity and decisiveness.
We are an ambitious Council, passionate about our communities and the services we deliver. Providing services for circa 53,000 residents, local businesses and the many visitors to the area. Ryedale District covers an area of 585 square miles and is one of the seven districts that make up North Yorkshire.
The council is recognised regionally as an exemplar for its planning services and is keen to work in partnerships where possible. We benefit from the work of the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), ensuring we have a seat at the negotiating table.
Ryedale DC has a strong track record of partnership work to further build upon. With NYCC we have delivered major projects including the A64 Brambling Fields development, joint waste facility and transfer station at Kirby Misperton and have shared office facilities. We were the first to second staff to the YNY & ERLEP to deliver our Economic Development, Housing and Growth agendas. We lead the One Public Estate agenda; property rationalisation with Parishes and the introduction of Parish liaison events including Community and Voluntary sectors.
You would be joining us at an exciting time, a time when we are moving our Vision further forward and turning that vision into a reality. We have an ambitious programme for economic growth with a commitment to create a more enterprising culture and to realise our significant economic growth opportunities. This activity is captured in our T2020 programme which we have been working on with iESE for the last 10 months. Our customers are at the heart of everything we do and we are also bringing in new ways of working, co-developing services and supporting our residents and communities to access our services in different ways and promoting self-resilience.
Ryedale is the second safest local authority area in England. Safer Ryedale, the community safety partnership have developed effective multi-agency working and support a network of neighbourhood watch schemes. These groups are the eyes and ears of the Council across the district.
The Council has put in place a Financial Strategy to ensure long-term financial stability, the achievement of Value for Money and funding for priorities.
We are already on a transformational journey and are now seeking an astute Chief Executive who will instil confidence and trust amongst elected members, partners and staff. In leading and guiding the Council in delivering our ambitions, you will further develop our organisation, ensuring excellent, resilient services for businesses, residents and visitors.
The Council has an ambitious agenda to deliver its priorities over the coming years as clearly articulated in the Corporate Plan 2017-2022. It is essential to address the continuing austerity measures, realise our economic growth opportunities, be at the forefront of the evolving devolution agenda and to fulfil its ambition to make Ryedale a great place to do business, to enjoy life and to make a difference.
Our services are designed around our customer's needs and we both deliver and commission solutions with those best placed to deliver services on our behalf, achieving efficiencies and resilience in return. When we engage with residents about priorities for the future, a consistent message is that good jobs and a thriving economy are vital to the quality of life for residents of Ryedale, but this must be balanced against maintaining the quality of the local environment which is highly valued. This message is particularly strong from young people.
Some of our key ambitions include:
- Making the Ryedale district a great place to do business; Securing new investment in the district, improving employment opportunities and working with education providers to support people accessing training and education that will skill them for work.
- Making the Ryedale district a great place to enjoy life; improving the supply of housing and healthy life choices.
- Making the Ryedale district a great place to make a difference; Empowering and involving people in decisions about their area and their services, enabling people to get involved, volunteer and contribute to delivering services locally and facilitating people to access and use alternative service delivery channels.
For more information about Ryedale District Council please visit www.ryedale.gov.uk.
Nestling between the City of York and heritage coastline Ryedale has the North York Moors National Park form the northern border of the district and the Yorkshire Wolds the southern limit. Comprising of five key market towns; Helmsley, Kirbymoorside, Malton, Norton-on-Derwent and Pickering and many other villages, Ryedale District has much to offer. An area of stunning contrasts and outstanding beauty, offering one of the most diverse landscapes in England. Filled with historical houses, monuments and places of interest, bustling market towns, stunning moorland and open countryside offering many opportunities for walkers and cyclists, and those that enjoy a little something more extreme!
Ryedale boasts the largest range of adventurous activities in Northern England. Our great golf courses, rivers to fish, or perhaps the regions water-sports, gliding and rock climbing offer the exhilaration you are looking for? In nearby Dalby Forest, star watching events suitable for families take place throughout the autumn and winter months.
New to North Yorkshire? As the largest county in the country we really do have it all… wide open spaces, traditional market towns, coastal resorts, quaint rural villages, vibrant cities and simply stunning rural landscapes not least within our two national parks. There are a wide range of shopping, leisure and cultural facilities as well as excellent schools, universities, road and rail links, there really is everything to offer you and your family as a place to work, live and enjoy! Our history of strong educational attainment, safe communities, low unemployment, rich heritage and culture offer a variety of pastoral pursuits that makes North Yorkshire a residence of choice.
Travelling further afield we have convenient connectivity, with a little over two hours commute on the main train line to London.
The role of Chief Executive Ryedale and Assistant Chief Executive North Yorkshire County Council is a career enhancing opportunity. Providing the platform to make a real place shaping difference to the communities of Ryedale whilst having a strategic leadership role at scale across the breadth of North Yorkshire, geographically the largest and one of the best local authorities in the country.
Together we are ambitious and forward thinking, with a track record of strong performance, the ideal base for an ambitious leader to grow their career.
The post holder will deliver the priorities of sustainable growth, high performing services with the customer at the heart of everything and uniting services and partners to have a shared and ambitious vision for Ryedale.
As Assistant Chief Executive for North Yorkshire County Council you will be part of the Corporate Management Board, working closely with the Chief Executive on an assigned strategic leadership portfolio.
We are looking for someone with outstanding strategic and leadership qualities and with the vision and drive to continue delivering and improving our excellent services through a period of great challenge and change.
To succeed you will have a proven track record of significant achievement at a strategic and corporate level as well as experience of working in a complex political environment and building and managing effective partnerships across diverse sectors.
As chief executive for Ryedale you will have significant leadership and senior management experience at Chief Officer or equivalent level in a major public, private or voluntary sector organisation. To succeed you will have a proven track record of significant achievement through building and managing effective partnerships across diverse sectors. Ryedale operates in a changing and fragmented setting, the Chief Executive needs to have resilience and the determination to deliver for Ryedale despite the ever changing political make-up of the organisation.
You will be pro-active in anticipating and responding dynamically to the challenge of change, particularly in terms of efficiencies and show a commitment to the Council’s individual and partnership vision, objectives and key delivery targets. You will have a specific focus on improving performance and resilience, for the benefit of the residents of Ryedale.
In return we can offer you the opportunity to shape the future of both Ryedale District and North Yorkshire County Councils. Most importantly you will be welcomed by a truly inspirational team in two extremely innovative and successful organisations; providing you with the robust and supportive platform to personally and professionally succeed.
For an informal discussion about this opportunity we encourage applicants to contact Cllr Luke Ives, Ryedale District Council, on 07590 445347 and Richard Flinton, Chief Executive NYCC on 01609 532444.
For a discussion regarding the recruitment process please contact Sarah France-Gorton, Principal Adviser Resourcing Solutions on 01609 798106 or alternatively Liz Beaven on 01609 536859.
To apply please send your CV including a personal statement in one Word document (not pdf) to Elizabeth.Beavan@northyorks.gov.uk by midnight 13th May 2018.
It is important that your CV includes: your full contact details (telephone, email, address), full employment history (name of employer, job titles, dates of employment and salary), full education history (qualification, grade, dates and place of study), explanation of any gaps in employment and the contact details of at least two referees including your current/most recent employer indicating whether you provide us with the authority to contact each referee prior to interview. Your personal statement should outline your motivation for applying and how you meet the criteria for the role as detailed in the person specification below.
We will not accept applications from agencies.
This is a politically restricted post.
Closing date: 13th May
Shortlisting date: 15th & 16th May
Assessment dates: 7th & 8th June
- JD / PS (docx / 102 KB)
- Proud (pdf / 147 KB)
- Ryedale District Council structure (pdf / 176 KB)
- Council plan 2017- 2022 (pdf / 330 KB)
- LGA Peer Review (pdf / 321 KB)
- NYCC Council plan (pdf / 2 MB)
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