The Council's Corporate Management Team.
You can contact the members of the Corporate Management Team in writing (address below), or telephoning the main Council telephone number (below), or by filling in the form below.
A description of the work of the various departments of the Council is available below.
The Council operates the "Alternative Arrangements" form of political management, with cross-party representation in a series of Committees.
The Council also has a Leader of Council.
The roles of the Chairman of Council and the Leader of the Council are explained below:-
The main role of the Chairman is to act as the non-political, civic and ceremonial head of the District of Ryedale. The role of the Chairman also 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.
The Chairman is elected at the Annual Meeting of Council in May of each year.
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.
The political make-up is as follows:-
More information on Councillors is available in the Councillors Directory.
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.
The people and services which report directly to Janet are the Corporate Director, Planning and Housing, Economy and Infrastructure and Legal Services.
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.
Contact 01653 600666 ext 200
PA to Chief Executive
01653 600666 ext 201
Deputy Chief Executive
01653 600666 ext 347
Head of Planning and Housing
01653 600666 ext 307
Head of Economy and Infrastructure
01653 600666 ext 218
01653 600666 ext 267
Head of Environment, Streetscene and Facilities
01653 600666 ext 249
01653 600666 ext 385
- Building Control
- Customer Services and Benefits
- Democratic Services
- Development Control
- Economy and Community
- Facilities and Emergency Planning
- Finance and Revenues
- Forward Planning and Conservation
- Health and Environment
- Human Resources
Our internal audit and counter fraud services are provided by Veritau, which is 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. Veritau work includes:
- preparing a strategic and operational audit plan which is agreed with both ourselves and External Audit;
- completing a programme of audit reviews during the financial year;
- reporting key findings to management and members, and reviewing corrective actions;
- sharing best practice observed at other clients.
For further information on Veritau and its internal audit, counter fraud and information governance services, please visit www.veritau.co.uk or contact one of the team below:
Housing Benefit can assist with rent payable to private landlords or housing associations.
Council Tax Benefit can assist owner-occupiers, people living in rent-free accommodation and people living in rented accommodation where they have a liability to pay Council Tax.
- Prepare and maintain a complete voters list
- Organise Elections and Referenda which take place in the District, including the Election of County, District and Parish Councillors, Police and Crime Commissioners, Members of Parliament and Members of the European Parliament
- Promote public understanding of and participation in the electoral process
- Provide support to elected Members and meetings of the Full Council and its Committees
- Make available to the public, information about elected Members and meetings of the Full Council and its Committees
For further information about Councillors, Committee Meetings or Elections please visit the about the Council section of our website.
Economic Development, Regeneration, Business Support (including Skills), Creative Economy, Visitor Economy, Community Safety, Community Development (including grants and community transport). The Unit work with partners in the public, private and community and voluntary sector to deliver these services. Further details of all these activities can be found on the Ryedale Website.
- Facilities and Emergency Planning Manager (Corporate Property Officer and Engineering Services)
- Building Surveyor (Surveying and Architectural Services)
- Asset Management Officer (Valuations and Asset Management)
- Technical Officer
The Service functions of the unit are:
- Management and maintenance of all Council owned buildings. These include public offices, depot, all industrial units, public conveniences, leisure facilities.
- Creation and maintenance of the councils Asset Management Plan; advising the Asset Management Group and management of the property portfolio including acquisitions and disposal of land and property, review of rating assessments.
- Emergency planning, including all aspects of the new Civil Contingencies Act, i.e. warning, informing, emergency planning, risk and business continuity.
- Full architectural, surveying and civil engineering services, together with project management of projects identified within the capital programme.
- Bulk purchases of energy for a number of Council buildings and unmetered energy for street lighting units.
- Estates management and all landlord and tenant matters including lettings, rent reviews and providing a valuation service for Development Control and other service units as required.
- Energy monitoring and management.
- All Facilities Management and compliance (Legionella control and management, asbestos management, fire safety, Equalities Act, electrical and gas safety regulations and all associated monitoring and testing).
- Finance Manager
- Two Group Accountants
- Accountancy Assistant
The core service functions of the unit are:
- To produce the annual Statement of Accounts
- To produce the annual revenue and capital budgets for the Authority
- To oversee the Debtors, Creditors, Payroll and Insurance functions.
- Treasury Management.
- To provide ongoing financial and budgetary support to the Authority.
- To provide accountancy services to North Yorkshire Building Control Partnership.
The Statement of Accounts and Budget strategy can be found on the Policies and Plans web page.
- countryside management;
- conservation area listed buildings;
- hedgerows and tree issues;
- trees and landscapes;
- the Adopted Local Plan;
- listed buildings and hedgerows.
The Council still has statutory duties in relation to Housing and its main work is concerned with housing need, the provision of affordable housing, housing advice, the prevention of homelessness, investigating homelessness, the provision of temporary accommodation, housing repairs, grants and the Ryecare lifeline service which helps vulnerable and elderly residents to remain living independently in their homes.For further information visit the Housing section of our website.
The Council promotes Equal Opportunities and has the Investors in People Award.
Principal areas of work include, conveyancing, criminal litigation, contracts and procurement, planning, licensing, regulatory work and committee support.