Vacancies on Whitby Harbour Board

People with an interest in public service are being invited to apply to become members of the pilot Whitby Harbour Board.

There are two vacancies on the pilot board, set up by Scarborough Borough Council to provide alternative strategic governance for Whitby Harbour, in line with the recommendations of the Department for Transport’s Municipal Ports Review.

A spokesperson for Scarborough Borough Council said: “Successful candidates should be able to demonstrate ability and a proven track record in their chosen profession or other activities, such as community work. Commitment and experience can be as valuable as qualifications.

“They will need to work with senior professional staff, so experience of achieving results through demanding board or committee work is seen as important, as is the ability to grasp complex issues quickly and express themselves clearly.

“Successful candidates will also need to live within a reasonable distance of the port of Whitby and familiarity with local issues in the region surrounding the port would be highly desirable.”

The board performs a strategic role aimed at providing improved leadership in the areas of accountability and decision-making; strategy and business planning; management and performance review; and municipal port finances.

The complete board for the pilot scheme comprises eight members in total. Four of these are independent members with local and/or specialist interests and could include port stakeholders, business leaders, specialist interest groups and other stakeholder groups alongside four Scarborough borough councillors. Meetings are usually held every three months and take about half a day.

The appointments are for the duration of the pilot scheme until March 2013 with the possibility of them being extended subject to the final review of the pilot scheme.

A sum of £25 per meeting plus travel expenses will be payable to board members for attendance at meetings of the board during the duration of the pilot.

For further information and to download an application pack visit or contact Jane Groom at The closing date for applications is Friday 4 October 2012.

5 Responses to "Vacancies on Whitby Harbour Board"

  1. Ron L  September 18, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Well, here is a great opportunity for some of the Real Whitby site contributors.
    Action speaks louder than words !

  2. Al Roberts  September 19, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    It will take more than SBC,WTC,WHB or RW to sort out the problems at Whitby Harbour simply because, as Brian Bennett says, it will cost millions to do so.

    It is apparent that WHB was set up without being told of the vast amount of expenditure necessary to restore the harbour into an acceptable state of repair.
    The officer responsible for the setting up of WHB was John Riby who has nearly 40 years experience in Civil & Municipal Engineering, the last 25 of which were at SBC with responsibility for harbours. As such Mr Riby must have been well aware of this potential timebomb as he waved farewell to SBC, leaving Brian Bennett to sort out the mess.

    I put it to Mr Bennett that WHB had been hoodwinked, to hear his view go to this link.

    Irrespective of who sits on WHB nothing can be achieved without adequate funding and strong leadership. WHB has neither.

  3. Richard Ineson  September 22, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    This is an opportunity for some young blood to put itself forward for these two positions; looking at the condition of the harbour, anyone who joins the Harbour Board is in for a long haul, to get things back on an even keel. In other circumstances – I have had a triple by pass, three pacemakers, a detached retina and a partridge in a pear tree in the last two years, I would have loved to have a crack at this challenge, but, sadly, I must be sensible. Perhaps some members of the soon to be defunct NYPA, who will have time on their hands when its much valued work comes to an end in November, might put their expertise, at the service of the community in this capacity? Of course, the £25.00 per meeting fee might not be up to their usual levels of remuneration, and I do not suppose that there will be any scope for the receipt of any further Broadband fees, but I am sure that will not be seen as an obstacle to them serving in the public interest?

  4. Sarraceniac  September 22, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Hmm. £25 eh? Well I suppose everybody has to start somewhere.

    • Ron L  September 22, 2012 at 7:31 pm

      Are you sure you are ok with the £25?
      I’m only asking because the general concensus on the site seems to be that the people elected to the councils should do it out of the goodness of their hearts and not take any renumeration.
      Yes, the people who are elected by a majority of people voting for them !


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