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Council structure

Information on the political control of the Council and details of the leadership team and staffing establishment, headed by Janet Waggott, Chief Executive.

 The Council's Leadership Team.

You can contact the members of the Leadership Team by completing this form, or telephoning the main Council telephone number 01653 600666.

Leadership model of RDC

The Council operates the "Alternative Arrangements" form of political management, with cross-party representation in a series of Committees.

The Council has a Chairman and a Leader.

The Chairman is elected at the Annual Meeting of Council in May of each year. The main role of the Chairman is to act as the non-political, civic and ceremonial head of the District of Ryedale. The role includes:

  • Chairing meetings of the Council
  • Communication with private and voluntary sector organisations across the District
  • Acting as official host to visitors to the District
  • To represent the District at ceremonial events
  • To promote public involvement in the Council’s activities

Parliament has provided that the Chairman has social precedence in the district but not so as to affect Her Majesty’s royal prerogative. When the Sovereign visits the District, she is met by the Lord-Lieutenant, who then presents the Chairman of Council.

The Leader is the political head of the Council and, usually the Leader of the majority political group. The Leader of Council is appointed at the Annual meeting of Council in May of each year.

The Leader’s primary role is to give leadership to the Council and to steer the policies of the ruling Group or coalition through the Council.

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Political control

The political make-up is as follows:-

Conservatives 13 43.3%
Liberals 4 13.3%
New Independents 3 10%
Independents 8 26.7%
Liberal Democrats 2


More information on Councillors is available in the Councillors Directory.

janet waggott 2009Janet Waggott, Chief Executive

Janet was appointed Chief Executive and Head of Paid Service in January 2007.

Prior to Ryedale, Janet had a wide and varied career within Local Government ranging from roles of Contracts Manager to her last role as Director of Economy and Environment at Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council, which Janet held for over six years.

As Chief Executive, Janet is the Council's Head of Paid Service, the principal policy advisor and Returning Officer for District and Parish Elections. She provides the overarching managerial leadership for the Council.

Janet represents the Council on The Local Government North Yorkshire and York Partnership Board and is the District Councils’ lead on the Local Resilience Forum and Public Health.


Chief Executive
Janet Waggott

PA to Chief Executive
Jane Graham
01653 600666 ext 201

Leadership team

Deputy Chief Executive Clare Slater
Head of Planning Gary Housden
Economy and External Partnerships Lead Julian Rudd
Head of Legal Services Anthony Winship
Delivery and Frontline Services Lead Beckie Bennett
Resources and Enabling Lead Peter Johnson
Customer Services Lead Angela Jones

Service areas

Customer Services

  • Customer Services (People) - housing benefit, Council tax reduction, housing strategy, homelessness, housing options and private sector housing
  • Customer Services (Business and Democracy) - Council tax, NNDR, income from services, business liaison, financial admin support, finance systems, electoral registration, elections, council meeting admin
  • Customer Services (Place) - strategic planning, economic development, environmental health & protection, licensing, Streetscene, private water supplies and health & safety

Specialists Place

  • Strategic planning, economic development, development management, conservation and enforcement

Delivery and Frontline Services

  • Specialists (People) - housing strategy, homelessness, housing options, private sector housing, housing conditions and decency including fuel poverty, housing benefit, council tax reduction, Derwent Lodge, safeguarding and community safety
  • Streetscene - operation inc vehicle maintenance & licensing, waste collection and street cleansing
  • Specialists (Environment) - food safety, health & safety, public health, pollution, air quality, private water supplies and licensing

Resources and Enabling Services

  • Programmes,Projects and Performance - Corporate programme management, performance management
  • ICT - ICT functions including infrastructure application, desktop services, website maintenance, maximising IT usage, digital transformation, channel shift and customer and staff self-service
  • Business Development - funded or income generating services
  • Revenues - collect and recover Council Tax, business rates, housing benefit, overpayments, rents and sundry debts
  • Commissioning - shared services, external spend commissioning, third party relationships
  • Democracy - democratic services, local & national elections, referendums, electoral registration, administration of Council meetings, Member development
  • Resources - Accounts, corporate and service budgets, financial management capability

Corporate Services

  • External Partnerships
  • Human Resources - All policy and procedural matters including recruitment and selection, pay, terms and conditions of employment, consultation and negotiations with Trade Unions, equal opportunities, training and development of staff, welfare policies and health and safety.
  • Legal Services - The Legal team provides a wide range of legal services for the Council, its committees, sub-committees, management and service units. The Council Solicitor also has a role as Monitoring Officer under the Local Government and Housing Act 1989, to ensure that Council officers and committees do not act contrary to the law and that no maladministration takes place. Principal areas of work include, conveyancing, criminal litigation, contracts and procurement, planning, licensing, regulatory work and committee support
  • Internal Audit - Internal audit and counter fraud services are provided by Veritau, a shared service company part-owned by the Council. Internal Audit gives assurance to managers and members that Council systems and processes are operating efficiently and effectively and provides consultancy services and advice on how to improve them. Veritau’s fraud team assists us on benefits fraud and other organisational matters, as required 
  • Building Control - Building Control Services at Ryedale District Council are provided by the North Yorkshire Building Control Partnership.
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Malton, North Yorkshire
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