The York Economic Partnership has announced it is recruiting a new chair to oversee the future of economic growth in York. Peter Kay, who has held the position of chair since the Partnership began in 2008, is to step down later this year.
The YEP is a collaborative effort between the private and public sectors locally to lead the economic development agenda for the city on behalf of the Without Walls Partnership. In layman’s terms that means guiding York to a nationally and internationally prosperous economic future, looking at everything from skill levels and unemployment rates, support for new businesses and inward investment, to retail footfall. All this must be achieved whilst ensuring equal distribution of the benefits of growth and the conservation of our heritage assets.
The Board recently worked together to develop the four-year York Economic Strategy and formed City Team York – responsible for creating a more competitive city centre and improving its connectivity; digitally and physically. They also gave backing to the Monks Cross II development, which will go ahead during the tenure of the new chair.
Peter Kay said: “Having held the position of YEP chair since the Partnership was established in 2008, I have worked with some of this city’s top leaders from the private and public sectors, as well as the universities and third sector.
The challenges the city and the wider UK faces economically are clear and significant, but this Partnership has the potential to facilitate the right environment in which businesses can start, locate and grow. Our recently published York Economic Strategy sets out a blueprint for an ambitious future for the city and am pleased to pass on the reins of the Partnership at an exciting time for a new chair to move this critical agenda forward.”
The York Economic Partnership is now asking for expressions of interest (accompanied by an up-to-date CV) from individuals working in the private sector in a chief executive, managerial or other similar senior role.
The closing date is 5th November and full details, including a role specification, are available on the Without Walls website.