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A recruitment drive to fill two vacancies on Whitby Harbour Board has been extended.
More interest had been anticipated in the positions on the pilot board, established 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.
However, there were no applications for the vacancies prior to the 4 October deadline.
Whitby Harbour Board chairman, Cllr Mike Cockerill, said: “People in Whitby care passionately about the harbour and its future in relation to the town’s economic prosperity – as a result we anticipated there would be quite a few applications for the vacant positions. Naturally, we have been surprised by the subdued interest, but would hope that by extending the deadline, we can generate some enquiries.”
Candidates looking to be considered for a board position, 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 harbour 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.
For further information or an application pack, contact Jane Groom at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01723 232437.