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City of York Council – Head of Regeneration and Economy
£59,593 to £68,094 (subject to a 2022/23 pay award settlement) plus relocation support

Welcome from Tracey Carter, Director of Economy, Regeneration and Housing

Welcome, and thank you for your interest in learning more about City of York Council and this exciting role.

I am passionate about York. It is a wonderful place to live and work and it is quite rightly famous across the globe, but there is so much more to the city than its’ rich history and amazing heritage. York is dynamic and thriving, modern and forward looking. It has a distinctive geography: a compact city at the heart of a large rural area in North Yorkshire with peerless national transport links.

York has a strong economy and we responded well to the challenges of covid. We have high employment, wages above average, productivity among the highest in the North, a great education system and the reputation as a great place to live.  But we are also an expensive city for housing and too many people in York are struggling to get by. We need to drive growth but ensure that it is both inclusive and sustainable as a part of our ambitions to be part of a carbon negative region.

We are crafting our future economic strategy and launching our vision to regenerate our city centre. The Regeneration and Economy team have built strong and trusting relationships with a wide range of city stakeholders and we have a great track record for attracting funding and delivering schemes that help our city to thrive.

We see York as the centre of globally significant clusters in rail and bio-technology, leading the way in demonstrating the benefits of the green economy, and a beacon for flexible, productive jobs that enable our people to make the most of their abilities and live well. We want York to be in the top 25% of UK economies and that means increasing productivity and pay while continuing to grow new skills in our workforce. 

This is a really exciting time to be joining us, as we have many significant projects and major programmes of work which you will lead, some of which have a national profile. We have a number of exciting regeneration schemes including York Central, Castle Gateway and My City Centre - all of which are innovative, cutting edge projects that will place you right at the heart of shaping our city for the future. We are renowned for the quality of our work and are proud to have been shortlisted for awards in the Best Housing Delivery Team and Economic Growth Team at the LGC Awards due to be hosted shortly.

I am looking for a leader who can be as passionate and enthusiastic about what we are doing as we are and who will have the ability to lead and influence at the most senior level. This role provides a fascinating blend of working strategically with city stakeholders, communities and leaders across the Council to help shape thinking and policy, as well as managing talented teams to deliver visible results for the long term.

This role will appeal to an ambitious, strategic and forward thinking leader who is familiar with forming collaborative partnerships with many different stakeholders and who understands how to navigate within an often changing, complex and political landscape. This is a fascinating role with a number of remits, so you will be required to be able to juggle and manage multiple priorities and projects on a daily basis,

In return, the role will provide you with the opportunity to make a significant difference as well as a platform to truly enhance your career. Reporting to myself, you will find that you will be welcomed by a supportive and experienced team. The role will provide you with the kind of professional challenge and complexity you will naturally aspire to as an ambitious leader, whilst our size means that you can really see the fruits of your labour.

If you are interested in joining our team and are inspired to help lead the next phase of our journey, we look forward to your application. In the meantime, following an initial conversation with our recruitment partners at The Resourcing Solution I would be delighted to discuss this opportunity with those who might wish to learn a little more and we can facilitate a conversation with the existing post holder to help you understand the opportunity.

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Tracey Carter

Director of Economy, Regeneration and Housing

Director Tracey Carter

Tracey Carter, Director of Economy, Regeneration and Housing

About the role

Job title: Head of Regeneration and Economy
Location: York/Hybrid
Contract: Permanent
Salary: £59,593 – £68,094 (subject to a 2022/23 pay award settlement) plus relocation support

As a key member of the Council’s leadership team, the role will have responsibility for:

  • Leading the development of economic and spatial regeneration strategies for the city with responsibility for all CYC regeneration activity
  • Developing and shaping the wider corporate agenda and supporting and deputising for the Director of Housing, Economy and Place in city wide emergency responses
  • Developing comprehensive masterplans for targeted regeneration of underperforming parts of the city
  • Leading the development and implementation of York’s economic strategy
  • Co-ordinating the Council’s economic response to key events such as Covid and flooding, ensuring that the needs and interests of businesses are reflected in the city’s response
  • Meeting the objectives set out in the Council plan and city 10 year strategy to develop well paid jobs in an inclusive and sustainable economy
  • Managing collaborative relationships with external stakeholders and internal officers
  • Promoting inward investment in the city, attracting new employers and helping existing businesses to grow
  • Developing and managing service and financial plans - responsible for budget management across Regeneration and Economy
  • Engaging with national and regional funding bodies to secure appropriate external funding for regeneration projects and economic development initiatives
  • Representing the council in the media, this will include television, radio and print interviews

About the City of York

The people of York built and continue to shape this city. York is a place where people and their stories matter, where an individual’s everyday experiences are as important as our world-class achievements.

Our city is rich in 2,000 years of history with a strong social legacy. Home to the world’s largest railway museum, unique archaeology and historic common land known as “strays”. It is a distinct, exciting and beautiful northern city, forward-looking and progressive.

We are a vibrant, digital city at the heart of Yorkshire - the best of tradition and the modern. With excellent connectivity by road and rail, the neighbouring towns and cities of Leeds, Hull and Harrogate are in easy reach. National Parks and areas of areas outstanding natural beauty are on our doorstep, with their quaint villages and market towns, whilst the Yorkshire coast provides a retreat ideal for sunny days.

We are known for our considerable assets - our internationally important heritage, our strengths as a science city, our creative industries and cultural offer, our digital infrastructure, our young and highly skilled workforce, our world-leading universities and excellent schools and colleges.

Our thriving retail and visitor economy welcomes seven million unique visitors every year. We are ambitious and aim to be a city where local businesses can thrive and residents have good quality jobs, housing, opportunities and access to quality public services. We celebrate and champion the diversity of our population and encourage everyone to play an active role in the city, so that our vibrant economy and rich communities can make York the acclaimed city it is.

We are regularly recognised by Sunday Times as one of the best places to live, Conde Nast city of best architecture and YouGov found that we are Britain’s favourite city.

People are generous with their time in building on the strengths and assets in our community to help one another, particularly more vulnerable people in our local community. Residents live in safe neighbourhoods and benefit from first-class education, excellent frontline public services and community facilities.

If you are relocating to the area to take up the post we will provide relocation support, see further details below.

About City of York Council

Our Council Plan for 2019 to 2023 sets out our priorities and details what steps we'll take to ensure York continues to make history and build communities.

We've focused our plan on eight key outcomes:

  • Well-paid jobs and an inclusive economy
  • A greener and cleaner city
  • Getting around sustainably
  • Good health and wellbeing
  • Safe communities and culture for all
  • Creating homes and world-class infrastructure
  • A better start for children and young people
  • An open and effective council

The Council is made up of passionate and determined problem solvers working together for the benefit of York. We invest in our staff, providing them with an environment in which they can flourish.

The way in which we do this comes in many forms. As an organisation, we promote professional development, remote and hybrid working, employer supported volunteering and healthy working environments. We also offer a generous benefits package which includes; flexi-time, term-time and part-time working options, 30 days annual leave increasing to 35 days upon completion of five years local government service, access to the Local Government Pension Scheme, together with high street discounts and salary sacrifice schemes.

Being a people-centred organisation means investing in the talent and wellbeing of our staff and there are many different ways in which we make this happen, including:

  • Providing work which gives you the chance to make a difference to the lives of residents and colleagues
  • Supportive management, who enable you to thrive and fulfil your potential
  • Recognition for your hard work, through talent management and staff awards
  • Support through the changing environment we are all living in
  • Flexible working practices
  • A reward package which recognises your contribution

New to York? We offer a comprehensive relocation allowance for those moving to the region. The region is well connected; within easy reach of North East, Yorkshire and Humber and only two hours by train from London and Edinburgh. The region offers a high quality of life; safe communities, good education, thriving economy whilst being rich in culture and heritage providing you with the residence of choice.

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Contact us and apply now

For an informal confidential discussion about these opportunities, please contact either Penny Keatings on 07811 411462/ or Leanne Auton on 07815 028548 / from our recruitment partners - The Resourcing Solution.

Key dates

Role closes: Sunday 24 July 2022 ( midnight)

Shortlisting : Monday 25th July 2022

Assessment Day: 5th August 2022 in person at the offices of City of York Council

Due to potential leave, requests for a Teams online interview will be considered.


To apply please send your CV including a personal statement in one Microsoft Word document, to Leanne Auton -

It is important that your CV includes: your full contact details (telephone, email, address), full employment history (name of employer, job titles, dates of employment and salary), full education history (qualification, grade, dates and place of study), explanation of any gaps in employment and the contact details of at least two referees including your current / most recent employer indicating whether you consent to us contacting each referee prior to interview. Please also provide details of your current salary and notice period.

Your personal statement should outline your motivation for applying and how you meet the criteria for the role.

This is a politically restricted posts as defined by the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.

We will not accept applications from agencies.

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