Head of Regeneration - North and East Region of North Yorkshire

We are recruiting a Head of Regeneration (North and East Region of North Yorkshire).

Whitby Maritime Hub

Welcome from Nic Harne

Welcome, and thank you for your interest in learning more about North Yorkshire Council and this exciting new role.

As the Corporate Director of Community Development, I am looking for an inspirational and strategic leader ready to shape and manage the future of regeneration services across North Yorkshire. This new role as Head of Regeneration for the North and Eastern region of North Yorkshire represents a fantastic opportunity to join the Economic Development, Regeneration, Tourism and Skills leadership team and to lead from the front.

We are at a pivotal point in our history. In April 2023 the eight councils that served North Yorkshire unified to create geographically the largest council and third largest unitary within the country. Given that we are at the inception of our new council this role provides an unrivalled career opportunity for an ambitious and experienced leader to work with the Assistant Director Economic Development, Regeneration, Tourism and Skills and the wider team.  I am looking for a strategic leader who will play a key role in the integration of teams across all eight former councils, who will actively support this significant transformation programme and who will inspire colleagues along the way.

The Regeneration Service will play a fundamental role in delivering the new council plans. We are ambitious – we are seeking to support economically sustainable growth across the region, to make sure North Yorkshire is well connected and that it is seen as an attractive place to live, work and visit, and that health inequalities are addressed. To underpin this, we are at the same time looking to ensure North Yorkshire receives its’ fair share of resources to deliver on these ambitions as part of a devolution deal, so that people and communities can achieve their full potential.

This new role is integral to helping us achieve all of this.

Why join us?

North Yorkshire Council has the ambition to be the most local large council in the UK - geographically it is already the largest, and the third largest unitary authority. As Head of Regeneration, you and your services have a significant role to play in ensuring that we realise our ambition of also being the most local. I am looking for a leader who will really get under the skin of the region, someone who is curious to get to know its’ many assets and its’ far reaching communities – and who will understand what is important to them. In this role you will forge key relationships with a wide range of stakeholders to ensure that the redevelopment and investment is targeted effectively so that it can realise the maximum potential.

We have a £60m Towns Funds capital programmes to deliver with an additional £20m Levelling-Up funding – with the prospect of more funding to come as we tap into the potential of devolution deals we hope will be afforded to us. By working closely with the new Mayoral Combined Authority due to be established later this year we can seek to harness more funding and maximise the opportunities this will create for the region.

The area covered by this role geographically spans across the North Yorkshire coast, from Whitby and Scarborough across to the Hambleton and Richmond regions, as well as Northallerton. The locations with the largest areas of investment and therefore the most potential are situated within Scarborough and Catterick. Given the nature of the role it is likely that you will spend time travelling around this beautiful region during your average working week, especially in Scarborough and Richmond, where I am looking for someone who will be seen as a key influential leader within those communities.

This is a high profile role with excellent career potential. You will provide professional and strategic advice on regeneration and associated disciplines to the Assistant Director, Director, Members and other senior leaders of the council. As a shared corporate leader you will also play a strategic role on the wider Economic Development, Regeneration, Tourism and Skills leadership team acting as a proactive leader for change and continuous improvement in line with a shared ‘one team’ vision.

You will respond to national, regional and local initiatives, funding opportunities and consultations, using this knowledge to lead on the strategic development of the Economic Development, Regeneration, Tourism and Skills service, including the development, finalisation and delivery of associated service plans.

If you have the experience, passion and ambition to join us and help lead at this pivotal time in our history, then I would like to hear from you. In return you will be welcomed by dedicated and supportive colleagues who appreciate everything North Yorkshire has to offer and who want to do their very best for the region. We are a modern employer and we operate in a hybrid way which means you will use technology to work from a variety of locations including local area offices, head office and from home,  working where it is most effective.

If you are interested in joining us and are inspired to help lead the next phase of our journey, I look forward to your application. In the meantime, following an initial conversation with one of my colleagues in our Resourcing Solution team, I would be delighted to discuss this opportunity with those who might wish to learn a little more.

Nic Harne - Corporate Director of Community Development 

Nic Harne and views of Whitby

North Yorkshire Council and the local government reforms

In April 2023 a new unitary council was launched for North Yorkshire, with our new council replacing the former eight county, district and borough councils. North Yorkshire Council is geographically the largest council and the third largest unitary authority. As we progress with local government reforms we will be seeking to realise the potential of devolution deals and the progression of a Mayoral Combined Authority in 2024.

You will work with former district, borough and county colleagues. The breadth of work within this role will enable you to develop within your career, providing you with the opportunity to influence and lead at a large scale and network with colleagues across the region.

The role

Salary: from £65,444 up to £73,755 plus relocation support 
Location: Scarborough, Richmond and Northallerton - with hybrid working
Closing date: Sunday 3 March 2024 - midnight
Shortlisting date: Wednesday 6 March 2024 
Interview date: Thursday 14 March - in person at the offices of North Yorkshire Council, Northallerton

As the new Head of Regeneration you will act as the council’s lead officer to develop a new Regeneration Service that is efficient, effective and customer focussed in delivering the following key functions:

  • Regeneration Strategies and Plans
  • Town Centre Strategies and Action Plans
  • Masterplans for strategic sites
  • Development and delivery of key regeneration programmes and projects such as Towns Fund programmes
  • TCF projects
  • Future High Street Fund

What will you bring to the role?

To be successful in this role you will have the ability to deliver on all of the following:

  • responsible for developing a future pipeline of regeneration projects including feasibility studies, business case development and funding bids, project and programme management/monitoring and reporting, and representation on BIDs
  • ensure that any statutory requirements are met and take a lead role in enabling the delivery of regeneration projects, attracting new investment into North Yorkshire, and ensuring these also unlock high quality training, development and job opportunities for our people and communities
  • carry out roles identified within the resilience and emergencies and business continuity policies - these include ensuring plans exist within your Service Area/function and appropriate officers are able to respond both in and out of hours as required
  • lead role responsible for a variety of functions within the EDRTS service of the Community Development Directorate - taking the lead in delivering services to a range of internal and external stakeholders, achieving desired outcomes making sure that North Yorkshire has a high profile and receives its fair share of resources from government and the Devolution Deal
  • lead role in liaising and working with partners in local government and other bodies regionally and nationally, including Area Committees, Council Members and MPs - taking the lead in liaising and working internally with partners and colleagues within Directorates and Services

What will you gain in return?

You will be joining one of the largest councils in the country at a unique moment – here is an opportunity not only to progress and enhance your career, but to also gain a huge amount of job satisfaction and create a lasting legacy. The Regeneration Service will play a fundamental role in delivering the new council plans, helping to integrate teams across all eight former councils at the same time as ensuring North Yorkshire receives its fair share of resources to deliver on its’ ambitions, so that people and communities can achieve their full potential. North Yorkshire Council has the ambition to be the most local large council in the UK - geographically it is already the largest, and the third largest unitary authority. As Head of Regeneration (North and East Region of North Yorkshire), spanning Scarborough, Richmond and Northallerton, this is a role which enables you to be right at the forefront of helping the council to achieve all these ambitions.

Blueprints on the left. 4 colleagues on the right.

Our vision

We want to build on North Yorkshire’s natural capital, strong local economy and resilient communities, to improve the way local services are delivered and support a good quality of life for all. The council plan 2023 to 2027 sets out the council’s vision, ambitions and priorities for the next four years, as well as the approach we will take to achieve them.

Blueprints on the left and a crane on the right

Why work for us

We are strong performing authority, with supportive political leadership, and talented teams providing the platform to have a fulfilling, challenging and successful career in a truly stunning place.

A recent peer challenge found that the council is a good place to work, with strong leadership and a loyal and committed workforce who have access to well-regarded training and development.

We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice, offering a range of training and development opportunities and career progression allowing you to manage your own development journey and empowering you to control your career. Your career can change with your life here in North Yorkshire.

We positively encourage flexible working and we provide you with the technology you need to work from a wide variety of locations.

We believe in the importance of inclusion, which is why we are always working towards being a more diverse, equitable and inclusive employer. Find out more about our equality, diversity and inclusion work on our working for us page. You can bring your whole self to work, and we will support you to be the best that you can be.

Our values, behaviours and ambitions underpin everything we do.

In addition to your salary, we offer a range of great benefits to help you financially make life a bit easier. These include:

  • a local government, career average employer contribution pension scheme
  • family friendly leave
  • salary sacrifice schemes
  • modern flexible working practices
  • learning and development packages
  • career advancement opportunities
  • employee discount benefits including shopping and gym discounts
  • green car and cycle schemes
  • travel loans

You can find more information on the range of benefits we offer on our total rewards page.

Our relocation package

If you are considering relocating to North Yorkshire we provide a comprehensive relocation benefits package.

This features up to £8,000 to cover reasonable costs such as:

  • removal expenses
  • storage costs
  • legal and estate agent fees
  • travelling expenses
Views of Scarborough at night.

Living and working in North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire is a thriving county that adapts to a changing world and remains a special place to live and work.

North Yorkshire's natural beauty is captured in its three areas of Outstanding Natural Parks, National Nature Reserves, stunning coastlines, scenic rural villages, vibrant cities and market towns. North Yorkshire really is a beautiful, thriving and special place to live and work, rich in heritage and culture.

North Yorkshire features significantly in the ten best places to live in the UK in Halifax Quality of Life Survey. The Quality of Life index aims to quantify where living standards are highest in the UK by ranking local performance across a range of indicators. Local areas featured in the top ten included Richmond, Selby and Malton.

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics bulletin positions North Yorkshire as the safest place in England with extremely low crime rates.  

In addition, the county benefits from excellent road and rail links, with easy access via the east coast mainline, the A1(M) and A19. Leeds, York, Newcastle, Durham and Teesside are all easily commutable, and London and Edinburgh are just two hours away by train.

From its lively cities to pretty villages, rolling countryside and grand coastline, North Yorkshire has so much to offer including great employment opportunities for your family members, along with a higher proportion of schools which are good or outstanding compared to national figures.

You can find out more about what North Yorkshire has to offer on the No place like North Yorkshire website.

Watch this video to see more of what North Yorkshire has to offer and what it will feel like to be working across Scarborough, Richmond and Northallerton.

Building team working on a design plan.

Key dates

Closing date: Sunday 3 March 2024 - midnight
Shortlisting date: Wednesday 6 March 2024 
Interview date: Thursday 14 March - in person at the offices of North Yorkshire Council, Northallerton

Contact us and apply

For an informal confidential discussion about this opportunity, please contact Leanne Auton on 07815 028 548 / Leanne.Auton@northyorks.gov.uk or Sarah Hunter on 07816 251271 / Sarah.Hunter@northyorks.gov.uk.

Please submit one Word document that details a comprehensive CV, including current salary, and a supporting statement outlining your suitability for the role.

Applications should be emailed to Executive.ResourcingSolutions@northyorks.gov.uk.

It is important that your written application fully addresses the experience criteria as detailed in the person specification.

You should include contact details for at least two referees, one of whom must be your current / most recent employer/engager. If you specifically do not wish referees to be approached without your permission, please indicate this. We will remove your personal details from your application on receipt to enable anonymised shortlisting, therefore it is important that your application is made using one Word document. Please do not send PDF versions.

Please ensure that you have included both your work and home telephone contact numbers and e-mail addresses where applicable.

We believe in the importance of inclusion, which is why we are always working towards being a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive employer. You can find out more about our equality, diversity and inclusion work on our working for us page.

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We are committed to directly recruiting staff and will not accept applications nor services from agency suppliers.