City of York Council seeking ‘visionary' chairman for new business and tourism agency

York Press: ‘Visionary’ figure sought for city ‘Visionary’ figure sought for city

A SEARCH has begun for the temporary head of a new agency which will be responsible for promoting York’s tourism and developing its business sector.

City of York Council is looking at creating a private-sector-led agency to attract more investment and visitors to the city and raise its regional, national and international profile.

It wants to bring in a “visionary” transitional chairman with a business track record.

The appointment would initially be for a year and on a voluntary basis, with travel expenses paid and an average of two or three days’ work a week required.

The council said the chairman must be “passionate about the future economic wellbeing of York” and able to provide “dynamic, high-profile leadership”.

Interviews will start in next month, and the successful applicant will head up the appointment of a board and executive team as well as producing a five-year business strategy.

Plans for the new agency were drawn up after council officials said York was missing opportunities to promote itself better and a fresh approach was needed.

It could operate along the lines of similar organisations in London, Amsterdam and Newcastle/Gateshead.

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12:11pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Dave Ruddock says...

here we go again, WHY AN OUTSIDER theer are 1000s of people in York.
here we go again, WHY AN OUTSIDER theer are 1000s of people in York. Dave Ruddock

12:38pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Zetkin says...

So, someone who's already enriched him or herself on the back of other people's efforts is going to be paid fifty or sixty thousand a year to help other businesses enrich themselves on the back of a few more minimum-wage, zero-hours contract jobs.

Genius.
So, someone who's already enriched him or herself on the back of other people's efforts is going to be paid fifty or sixty thousand a year to help other businesses enrich themselves on the back of a few more minimum-wage, zero-hours contract jobs. Genius. Zetkin

3:36pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Wrong Planet says...

Zetkin - the article states "The appointment would initially be for a year and on a voluntary basis, with travel expenses paid and an average of two or three days’ work a week required" so I'm not sure where your figures come from.
Having said that - if they're going to be doing the job 2 or 3 days a week can we expect a reduction in Cllr Sonja Crisps salary\expenses as surely that is her job the person will be doing.
Zetkin - the article states "The appointment would initially be for a year and on a voluntary basis, with travel expenses paid and an average of two or three days’ work a week required" so I'm not sure where your figures come from. Having said that - if they're going to be doing the job 2 or 3 days a week can we expect a reduction in Cllr Sonja Crisps salary\expenses as surely that is her job the person will be doing. Wrong Planet

4:42pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Older Sometimes Wiser says...

The problem is no matter how " visionary this mythical figure is ", his or her "visions" will have to be understood, interpreted and acted upon by the existing ruing cabal ( check the definition), and the existing Officers.This will cost money and apparently there isn't any!
Discuss>
The problem is no matter how " visionary this mythical figure is ", his or her "visions" will have to be understood, interpreted and acted upon by the existing ruing cabal ( check the definition), and the existing Officers.This will cost money and apparently there isn't any! Discuss> Older Sometimes Wiser

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