Selby and North Yorkshire create dual role for new chief

SELBY District Council has appointed a new chief executive in partnership with North Yorkshire County Council.

Janet Waggott will work in a dual position as CEO for Selby and assistant chief executive for the county council.

Selby said the move further develops the Better Together programme, a joint initiative to improve ties between the two authorities and drive savings and efficiencies.

Waggott has been working as interim chief executive at Selby in a joint role with Ryedale District Council.

In her new role, she will spent 20% of her time supporting the county council.

"The district is right at the heart of Yorkshire and I want to build on this to make this area a key player in the big decisions about our region in the future - to get the very best for the people who live and work here," she said.

Cllr Mark Crane, leader of Selby District Council, said: "Continuing our partnership with North Yorkshire County Council supports us to work more effectively and efficiently.

"But even more importantly than that, this is about developing links and partnerships to support our ambitions for growth. We've got big ambitions for the Selby district, building on our strengths as a great location for business and a great place to live."

Richard Flinton, chief executive of North Yorkshire County Council, said: "We're building on our successful Better Together partnership with this joint role. It has delivered significant savings already and has been mutually beneficial to both councils. This appointment demonstrates our commitment to collaborating with districts to deliver better services for the residents that both councils service, as efficiently as possible."