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Understanding Ryedale District Council

Organisational structure and details of the Management Team

Clare Slater, Chief Executive (Interim)

Clare was appointed Chief Executive and Head of Paid Service (Interim) in September 2017.

As Chief Executive, Clare is the Council's Head of Paid Service, the principal policy advisor. She provides the overarching managerial leadership for the Council.

Chief Executive (Interim)
Clare Slater
Contact 01653 600666 ext 200

PA to Chief Executive
Jane Graham
01653 600666 ext 201

Leadership team

Head of Planning
Gary Housden
01653 600666 ext 307

Partnerships Lead
Julian Rudd
01653 600666 ext 218

Legal Services
Anthony Winship
01653 600666 ext 267

Delivery and Frontline Services Lead
Beckie Bennett
01653 600666 ext 461

Resources and Enabling Services Lead
Peter Johnson
01653 600666 ext 385

Customer Services Lead
Angela Jones
01653 600666 ext 220

North Yorkshire Building Control Manager
Rob Harper
01347 822703

Leadership model of RDC

The Local Government Act 2000, as amended, has required local authorities to choose a political management structure which may include:-

i. An executive which can be made up as follows:-

  • Leader and Cabinet Executive (Council elects an Executive Leader who appoints 9 Cabinet Members)
  • Mayor and Cabinet Executive (Directly elected Mayor appoints 9 Councillors as Cabinet Members)

ii. Alternative arrangements system based on a committee system.

Ryedale District Council has alternative arrangements. The Council does not currently have a Leader of Council (2017/18).

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.

Political makeup and recent political history

 Ryedale's political make-up is as follows (November 2017):-

Conservatives 13 43.3%
Liberal 4 13.3%
New Independents 3 10%
Independents 8 26.8%
Liberal Democrats 2 6.7%

Type of Council

In England there are three types of local authority:-

1. Single Tier Council Areas

(i) Unitary authority which discharges the full range of local authority duties. An example of a nearby unitary authority is the City of York Council.

2. Two Tier Council Areas

(ii) County Council

County Councils undertake strategic services on a county-wide basis such as highways, education, social services and trading standards.

(iii) District Councils undertake specialist services such as planning, environmental health, housing and economic development.

Ryedale District Council operates in a two tier authority area with North Yorkshire County Council.

North Yorkshire County Council

North Yorkshire County Council provides the following services:-

  • Education
  • Social care services
  • Libraries
  • Trading standards
  • Highways
  • Transport

Further information can be found on their website or by telephoning 01609 780780.

 

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Ryedale District Council
Ryedale House, Old Malton Road
Malton, North Yorkshire
YO17 7HH

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