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Welcome from Mary Weastell, Chief Executive

We are looking to appoint to two pivotal positions to the City of York Council's Management Team; Corporate Director Children, Education & Communities and Corporate Director Health, Housing and Adults Social Care. These positions are available as the post holders are moving onto Corporate Director roles in large authorities with high profile national interest in Rotherham and Liverpool, following their successful careers in York.


Whilst we are a high performing authority and a major force in Yorkshire, we experience the same challenges and complexities others in local government face. The difference in York is the ability to experience a career opportunity which builds on very strong foundations of success; strong economic growth and regeneration opportunities, high performance, a rich and diverse range of expertise, assets and resources to tackle the challenges that local government are facing, such as health and educational attainment inequalities across the most and least deprived areas of the city which the council, partners, and community are focused on improving. Being equipped to tackle these challenges head on provides an ideal platform for personal development.


Voted as the best place to live 2018 by the Sunday Times and celebrated as the ideal hybrid of heritage and high-tech, York is a distinct, exciting and beautiful northern city, rich in history but forward-looking and progressive. The capital of Yorkshire, we are visited by 7 million people every year and are recognised on a regional, national and international stage.  We are acknowledged as an intellectual and environmental hub with two world-class universities and some of the best schools in the country.


We are ambitious, confident and aim to be a prosperous city for all - where local businesses can thrive and residents develop essential skills, have good quality jobs, housing and opportunities. Our vibrant economy, strong integrated partnerships and volunteering base together with rich community assets provide the leverage to exploit the opportunities available in this great city.

Our city has a huge amount to offer and our ambition is for all our residents and visitors to share the best of York. Renowned for our beautiful period buildings, historical city walls and iconic Minster; York today is a vibrant city, with cool cafes, destination restaurants and innovative companies — plus the fastest internet in Britain. As the UKs first Gigabit City, York offers broadband speeds of up to 1Gbps city-wide.


Incorporating financial services, UNESCO City of Media Arts status and a strong tourism sector, still at the forefront of rail technology and as an international centre for food research and development, we have built upon our heritage to create a mixed and stable economy.


Our thriving education sector helps our young people to achieve a great start in life, supporting a highly skilled workforce and low levels of unemployment. Over 90% of children go to a good or outstanding school, with children’s services rated as good and on the way to being outstanding. We adopt an inclusive partnership with York Schools, Academies and Education Partner enabling a whole system approach to education built on these strong inclusive partnerships.


We are one of the top performing authorities for social care in both children and adults with a good Ofsted rating; adopting a preventative model, with community based solutions enabling people to live happy, healthy and independent lives.


York is a reasonably affluent city which translates into its residents having good life expectancy and generally positive health outcomes. We are aware that this is not the case for all and are resolute in our ambition to tackle this inequality.


We have strong partnerships with health and care partners, to enable whole system leadership, creating the platform to balance preventative and acute services, maximising independence and reablement whilst ensuring that those most of need are supported well. Bucking the national trend we are ahead of target with our house building strategy; ensuring we continue to shape the place around the changing needs of our residents, businesses and visitors. Our city has a huge amount to offer – our ambition is for all our residents and visitors to share the best of York.


The new postholders will further build the reputation of this great City on the international, national, regional and local stage enabling us to realise our ambitions; working with schools and academies, partners, agencies and communities. 


To achieve our ambition to be a prosperous city for all - where local businesses can thrive and residents have essential skills for the future, good quality jobs, housing and opportunities we have specific priorities:

  • To focus on frontline services - ensuring all residents, particularly the least advantaged, can access reliable services and community facilities.
  • To be a council that listens to residents - ensuring the council delivers the services residents want, working in partnership with local communities.

We aim to be a more responsive and flexible council that puts residents first, whilst meeting our statutory obligations.


We celebrate and champion the diversity of our population and encourage everyone to play an active role in the city. In achieving this aim, we work closely with all public and private sector organisations in the city and the region to make sure we get the most from collective public expenditure in York. We are transparent in all we do, including being clear with communities and partners about the scale of the financial challenges we face, but also about how resourceful we are.


Regionally and nationally we aim to take the lead on working with partners to make the case for more local power (devolution) over our future so we have greater control, investing in external partnerships that support the local economy and lead to direct outcomes for residents. We are a major contributor to Yorkshires economic growth, with strong performance in all services.


To realise our ambitions, we are looking for two leaders with the ability to think strategically, have clarity of focus, an innovative, forward thinking approach and the ability to forge strong place shaping partnerships, resolute in their ambition for the residents and visitors of this great city.


It’s an exciting time to be part of City of York Council. We’re placing a great deal of emphasis on service delivery and are looking for a talented and ambitious individuals who can make a personal impact on the changes to our organisation and leave a professional legacy in York.


These pivotal senior management position joins us at a time of optimism with great ambition for our future. If you are up to the challenge, we look forward to receiving your application. 


Mary Weastell, Chief Executive City of York Council

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