Lead, Shape, Innovate

The fastest growing place in North Yorkshire


This post is the Chief Executive of Selby District Council and Assistant Chief Executive of North Yorkshire County Council; providing a unique opportunity to lead Selby, the fastest growing district council and play a key leadership role within North Yorkshire County Council geographically the largest and one of the best local authorities in the country.

Selby District is a great place - the heart of Yorkshire.

Selby occupies a very advantageous location at the heart of Yorkshire, connecting people with places and offering excellent road and rail connections (A1(M), A19, M62 and A64) enabling easy access to and from the district both regionally and nationally. It sits within the largest non-metropolitan county in the country.

It is mainly a rural area which comprises Selby, Sherburn-in-Elmet and Tadcaster with many surrounding villages. The District is situated in the southern part of North Yorkshire and borders York, Leeds, Wakefield, Doncaster and East Riding of Yorkshire and is included in the Leeds City Region and the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnerships, providing a range of opportunities to maximise the benefits of this strategically central location. We are the fastest growing district in North Yorkshire with clear distinctive strengths for our economy and huge potential for future growth. Tourism is thriving in the area, with greater growth potential.



We are an ambitious and forward looking Council. We are at the forefront of playing a key role in developing the Yorkshire devolution model and we have set out our direction and vision to ensure we meet our challenges and also seize opportunities to make Selby District a great place. We have built on our previous success, reassessed our priorities to deliver three key district priorities and reaffirmed our crucial leadership role to support and work alongside others to deliver this vision. These key priorities are to do business, to enjoy life and to make a difference supported by Selby District Council delivering quality services, value and innovation.

Our focus is to support and encourage business enterprise, securing new investments, working with our people and businesses to help Selby, Tadcaster and Sherburn-in-Elmet 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.

At Selby, we are a modern, agile Council and have a strong track record of operating a mixed economy delivery model in partnership with others to ensure quality services for our residents and communities, with a focus on innovative commissioning approaches. The Better Together collaboration with North Yorkshire County Council is one example of such a partnership in action driving greater efficiency, integrated services, and better outcomes in our locality. This partnership is delivering long-term efficiencies for both sides, helping to make us more resilient and enabling us to make use of new skills and support that would otherwise be out of our reach. We have seen the benefit across many different areas of our business.

You would be joining us at an exciting time with a renewed 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.

Whilst we are proud of our success to date we are not complacent. We are aware of our challenges and having recently refocused our priorities, we have completed an organisational review and realigned our resources to ensure we are and will continue to make a great difference and invest in the right growth areas to fulfil our ambitions for the district and deliver quality services.

The post holder will benefit from the backing of stable and supportive political leadership across both organisations; a strong platform to enable this role to be a leader of the organisations and the place.

Jointly we are looking for an inspirational leader with the ability, ambition and purpose to make a difference, deliver our vision and take people with us.

Richard Flinton, Chief Executive of North Yorkshire County Council takes great pride in the successful track record of the County Council. The recent 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.’ and we have recently been Highly Commended in the Local Government Awards for Council of the Year.

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 a unique and career advancing opportunity to lead diverse, complex local government services across the locality of Selby and at scale, in geographically the largest county. This joint position is established, and the previous post holder progressed to be a CEX of a larger unitary authority. Where will it take you?

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


 Cllr Mark Crane           &       Richard Flinton
 Leader   Chief Executive
 Selby District Council   North Yorkshire County Council