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IoD North Yorkshire - Local Government Devolution Debate

09 Sep 2020
IoD Yorkshire & North East Online, Online
Potential devolution for North Yorkshire is a hot topic at the moment. Currently North Yorkshire is made up of North Yorkshire County Council, which runs services such as social care, transport, and education, then seven district councils running planning, waste collection and other services.

The Institute of Directors is holding an online debate between some of the key players and giving them the opportunity to discuss their perspectives on the issue.

The event is from 14.30 until 16.00 on Wednesday 9th September and the format will be for North Yorkshire County Council to spend 15-20 minutes describing their proposal followed by Harrogate & Selby spending 15-20 minutes presenting the alternative approach favoured by the district councils.

There will then be an opportunity for debate and questions.

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Date & time: 09 Sep 2020 14:30 - 16:00
Location: IoD Yorkshire & North East Online, Online
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David Bowe, Corporate Director, Business and Environmental Services at NYCC

Corporate Director of Business and Environmental Services for North Yorkshire County Council since 2010 with responsibility for Highways and Transportation, Integrated Passenger Transport, Waste and Countryside Services, Trading Standards and Planning Services, Economic Development and Growth.

As with many local authorities seeking to boost revenue income to underpin core services North Yorkshire County Council has established a number of commercial ventures under the group banner of the Brierley Group. As part of that commercial venture David is also Chairman of Brierley Homes, Non-Executive Director of Align Property Partners, Non-Executive Director of Yorwaste and Non-Executive Director of NY Highways Ltd. Following the creation of Transport for the North, David represents North Yorkshire on the Transport for the North Executive Board.

At a local level David is chair of the Directors of Development group for the York and North Yorkshire LEP area and is focussed on stimulating housing and business growth in the area through appropriate planning and infrastructure development.

David has lived and worked in North Yorkshire for over 25 years.

Wallace Sampson OBE, Chief Executive, Harrogate Borough Council

Wallace joined Harrogate Borough Council at the beginning of August 2008 and has worked in local government for over 35 years. He started with Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council and has also worked at Chesterfield Borough Council, Kirklees MBC, and Bradford MDC where he was Strategic Director Customer Services and Assistant Chief Executive for Regeneration and the Environment.

He is passionate about public service delivery and the need to work within partnerships to join up service delivery. He has devoted his career to public service and over the years he has worked extensively with partners to ensure a strong focus on customers, residents, businesses and visitors to the district. This is reflected in a number of external responsibilities to Harrogate Council. He chairs the Harrogate District Public Services Leadership Board and is a member of the North Yorkshire Children’s Safeguarding Board. He is lead Chief Executive for the Leeds City Region LEP Clean Energy priority and he is also lead local authority Chief Executive in Yorkshire and Humber for energy and low carbon.

In March 2020 Wallace was also appointed to the Board of Harrogate District Foundation Trust Hospital as a Non-Executive Director. Wallace was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List 2020 for services to business and the community in Yorkshire.

Wallace enjoys most sports but particularly football, cricket and golf. Relaxation is best spent either at the gym or reading adventure/action based fiction.

Janet Waggott, Chief Executive, Selby District Council

Janet Waggott started in her new role as Selby District Council Chief Executive and Assistant Chief Executive at North Yorkshire County Council on 18 September 2017. This followed an interim period of 12 months during which she undertook a shared Chief Executive role with Ryedale District Council.

This new role supports the two councils' Better Together programme, which is designed to support efficiencies and improved services through effective partnership working.

In her Chief Executive role, Janet is responsible for the delivery of quality services for residents and businesses of the Selby district, working alongside councillors. The long-term goals of the Council are set out within the Corporate Plan 2015-20, which includes the ambitions to make the Selby district a great place to do business, a great place to enjoy life and a great place to make a make a difference, supported by the Council delivering great value.

Janet sits on the Selby College Board of Governors, is an active member of the District Council Network and District Council representative on the North Yorkshire Health and Wellbeing Board.

Janet was Chief Executive at Ryedale District Council for over 10 years and has worked in Local Government since 1987 in various capacities prior to becoming a Chief Executive. She worked for 7 years as the Director of Regeneration and Economic Development at Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council. Prior to that she worked in Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council and the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and the London Borough of Camden. In addition she has also worked in the NHS and higher education.

Janet was born and educated in York and studied in Leeds, Edinburgh and London.



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