Interim Deputy Chief Executive Ryedale District Council

The role of Interim Deputy Chief Executive Ryedale is a career enhancing opportunity.

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The role of interim deputy chief executive Ryedale District Council is a career enhancing opportunity, providing the platform to make a real place shaping difference to the communities of Ryedale.

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 an interim deputy chief executive whose strong, pragmatic and influential leadership enables the clarity of focus on strong performance within complex political structures. 

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, and continuing the programme of transforming the council and rationalising the asset portfolio.

We are looking for an interim deputy chief executive with the ability, ambition, drive and clarity of thinking to progress the transformation programme head on.

This is an exciting opportunity to make an impact.

If you believe you can meet our challenge, we look forward to receiving your application.


Stacey Burlet

Chief Executive Ryedale District Council

& Assistant Chief Executive North Yorkshire County Council

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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. Alongside 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. 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 interim deputy chief executive who will instil confidence and trust amongst elected members, partners and staff.

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

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.

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Job title: Interim Deputy Chief Executive Ryedale District Council

Location: Malton, Ryedale

12 month fixed term contract

Salary: Circa £70k pa


About the role

This is a career enhancing opportunity for an ambitious leader to lead, shape and influence services for the thriving communities of Ryedale.

Ryedale District Council is committed to continuing doing what matters for Ryedale through prioritising and achieving Sustainable Growth, focusing on Customers and Communities and demonstrating a ‘One Ryedale' approach.

We are an ambitious Council, passionate about our communities and the services we deliver. Providing services for approximately 53,000 residents, local businesses and the many visitors to the area, Ryedale district covers an area of 575 square miles and is one of the seven districts that make up North Yorkshire.

Working closely with the Chief Executive and elected members, your remit will be to drive significant development of key areas of the business. Specifically, you will work across a number of complex, high profile projects putting in place arrangements that will strengthen service delivery at procedural, operational and strategic levels, including in-house capacity and shared services that offer best value and are efficient and effective.

The post holder will have leadership responsibility for key areas of the business, assuming line management responsibility for the Heads of Service leading these areas – Streetscene, Planning, Customer Service, IT, programmes & projects, commissioning and asset management. Therefore it may be helpful if the post holder has experience within these areas.

To apply, you must be able to demonstrate success in influencing, shaping and leading in an environment that is refocusing and addressing key areas of development. An effective communicator and people manager your ability to motivate, empower and build relationships across the workforce will be critical to your success, you will enable people to be the best that they can be.

If you’re an experienced manager (or one looking for a development), this is an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in a short term, wide ranging and results driven role.

In appointing to this role, we are happy to consider flexible options including full or part time working, job share, secondment and fixed term options. However, it is critical that this work starts as soon as possible and for this reason, early availability will be taken into account when making our appointment.

As this is an interim 12 month assignment we are looking for the post holder to have a specific focus on:

  • Building relationships across the workforce, and motivating and empowering all of our employees to be the best they can be.  You will work with the Chief Executive and staff champions to invigorate the Council’s working environment, and support the workforce to be happy and healthy.
  • Driving forward a planned and transparent approach to programme management, ensuring that a number of complex, high profile projects are scoped, consulted upon and moved forward. RDC is exploring how we move forward with a Public Services Hub so that our staff and partners can operate in a modern working environment that meets our customer needs. We are also exploring how we support the delivery of a relocated livestock market / food hub, which will support Ryedale to capitalise on its food capital status. The Deputy Chief Executive will be the commissioning officer for both of these high profile projects, ensuring that objectives are achieved and appropriate allocation of resources occurs to support efficient and effective delivery.
  • Shaping, influencing and leading in a working environment that is refocusing and addressing key areas of development. Health checks have recently been conducted across a number of key areas of the RDC’s business and the Deputy Chief Executive will need to address the recommendations so they are completed within timescales.
  • Working with elected members efficiently and effectively – building strong and collaborative partnerships. As DCX, you will proactively communicate with and supply elected members with the information they need to make strategic decisions. This includes supporting arrangements for member development where this is relevant to your area of responsibility and assuming lead responsibility for one of the Council’s Committees.  This will be determined by your area of interest and your background and experience.
  • Assessing, identifying, brokering and putting arrangements in place that will strengthen service delivery at procedural, operational and strategic levels; this includes in-house capacity and shared services that offer best value and are efficient and effective. Working with employees and Elected Members, you will support the review of and recommend how key areas of the business move forward to support operational delivery.
  • Supporting the delivery of district and any other elections that occur during your period of employment; this includes acting as one of the Council’s Deputy Returning Officers.

Contact us

To register your interest or for an informal discussion regarding the position please contact Sarah France-Gorton on 01609 798106 or 07817 769261 or via email

We encourage applicants to contact Stacey Burlet, Chief Executive, Ryedale District Council, Sarah can organise this for you.

Apply Now

To apply please send your CV including a personal statement in one Microsoft Word document to by midnight on Sunday 20th January 2019.

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.

We will not accept applications from agencies.

This is a politically restricted post and subject to a disclosure and barring criminal record check.

Key dates

Closing date: 20th January 2019
Shortlisting date: 21st January 2019
Assessment dates: 28th & 29th January 2019

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