Whitby Town Deal Board

Meet the Whitby Town Deal Board voting and advisory members.

Voting members

Chair: Barry Harland

Head of Responsible Business, Whitby Seafoods 

Whitby Seafoods is one of the biggest employers within the Whitby area. Barry has worked for the company for 6years and has extensive experience of working in the food industry and operations management. 

Vice Chair: Matt Parsons

General Manager External Affairs, Anglo American.

Rt. Hon. Robert Goodwill MP

Robert is the MP for the Scarborough and Whitby constituency.

Richard Flinton

Chief Executive, North Yorkshire Council

Richard has worked for North Yorkshire County Council for 33years, the last 10 of which have been as Chief Executive. Richard was born in North Yorkshire and attended school and college in Scarborough.

James Farrar

Chief Operating Officer, York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership

James joined the team at the LEP from Yorkshire Forward.

Mel Bonney-Kane

Chief Executive, Coast and Vale Community Action

Mel is the Chief Executive of Coast and Vale Community Action (CaVCA) which is a local voluntary community services organisation supporting communities to thrive.

Rosie Du-Rose

Chief Executive, Beyond Housing

Beyond Housing is the Borough’s largest RSL and serves customers in more than 15,000 homes in the North East and North Yorkshire. Rosie has been the Chief Executive since the organisation formed in 2018 and has a career background in retail, insurance and telecoms.

Paul Fellows

Head of Strategic Policy, North York Moors National Park Authority

The North York Moors National Park Authority (NYMNPA) looks after the large area of the North York Moors, helping to protect and conserve it, while encouraging people to enjoy and understand how special it is. Paul is the Head of Strategic Policy including the Local Plan.

Capt. Chris Burrows

Harbour Master, Port Authority

Councillor Linda Wild

Town Mayor, Whitby Town Council

Whitby Town Council consists of 19 elected members who strive to make Whitby a better place to live, work and play. Councillor Wild lives on the east side of Whitby and is the current Mayor of Whitby.

Michael King

Clerk, Whitby Town Council

Michael joined Whitby Town Council as Clerk in June 2020. Michael has extensive experience in research, public policy and managerial positions in both the public and private sectors with skills in programme and project management, corporate governance, public policy, strategy development and performance management.

Advisory members 

  • Alex Richards, Regeneration Manager, North Yorkshire Council
  • Helen Jackson, Regeneration Projects Manager, North Yorkshire Council
  • Clare Harrigan, Head of Development and Regeneration, Beyond Housing
  • David Caulfield, Assistant Director; Economic Development, Regeneration, Tourism and Skills, North Yorkshire Council

Secretary: Ellis Cooper, North Yorkshire Council

Code of conduct

The Whitby Town Deal Board has adopted this code setting out the expected behaviours required of its Board Members. Read the Whitby Town Deal board code of conduct.

Read the Whitby Town Deal Board terms of reference.

Meetings, minutes and agendas