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Welcome from Mary Weastell, Chief Executive

York: regularly voted one of the UK’s best places to live and visit, rich in culture and heritage, we are a vibrant modern city still making history. The capital of Yorkshire, we are visited by 7 million people every year and are recognised on a regional, national and international stage.

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.

Our city has a huge amount to offer – our ambition is for all our residents and visitors to share the best of York.

We are looking to appoint to the pivotal position of Head of Communications for City of York Council; a high profile role that is a chief advisor to myself and supports our delivery of the Council’s vision and priorities.

The role will further build the reputation of City of York Council on the international, national, regional and local stage enabling us to realise our ambitions working with partners, agencies and communities.  Internally through employee engagement and strong multi-layered staff communication the post holder will enhance our reputation as an employer of choice. This role plays a vital role in community consultation, engagement, working with local politicians, and raising awareness with the residents we serve by keeping them informed.

 As a council we have 3 key priorities:

  • To be a prosperous city for all - where local businesses can thrive and residents have good quality jobs, housing and opportunities.
  • To have a focus on frontline services - to ensure all residents, particularly the least advantaged, can access reliable services and community facilities.
  • To be a council that listens to residents - to ensure it delivers the services they want, working in partnership with local communities.

Our purpose is to be a more responsive and flexible council that puts residents first, whilst meeting its statutory obligations. We aim to 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 over our finances and future so we have greater control, investing in external partnerships that support the local economy and lead to direct outcomes for residents.

In order to realise our ambitions, we are looking for a Head of Communications who will play a fundamental role in developing and delivering an effective, efficient, high quality communications strategy that will raise City of York Council’s reputation, locally, nationally and internationally.

We are a transforming organisation; the post holder will help us on that journey using modern communication approaches and the full marketing mix.

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 individual who can make a personal impact on the changes to our organisation and leave a professional legacy in York.

This pivotal senior management position joins us at a time when we have strong and stable leadership 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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