Harbour needs volunteers

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HARBOUR users are being invited to apply for a seat on Whitby’s Harbour Board, which would give successful candidates an opportunity to shape how the port is run.

There are two vacancies on the pilot board, set up by Scarborough Borough Council to govern Whitby Harbour, in line with the recommendations of the Department for Transport’s Municipal Ports Review.

A spokesperson for the borough council said: “Successful candidates should be able to demonstrate ability and a proven track record in their chosen profession or other activities, such as community work. Commitment and experience can be as valuable as qualifications.

“They will need to work with senior professional staff, so experience of achieving results through demanding board or committee work is seen as important, as is the ability to grasp complex issues quickly and express themselves clearly.

“Successful candidates will also need to live within a reasonable distance of the port of Whitby and familiarity with local issues in the region surrounding the port would be highly desirable.”

The board performs a strategic role aimed at providing improved leadership in the areas of accountability and decision-making, strategy and business planning, management and performance review, and municipal port finances.

The complete board for the pilot scheme comprises eight members in total. Four of these are independent members with local or specialist interests and could include port stakeholders, business leaders, specialist interest groups and other stakeholder groups, working alongside four Scarborough borough councillors.

Meetings are usually held every three months and take about half a day.

The appointments are for the duration of the pilot scheme until March 2013 with the possibility of them being extended subject to the final review of the pilot scheme.

A sum of £25 per meeting plus travel expenses will be payable to board members for attendance at meetings of the board during the duration of the pilot.

For further information and to download an application pack visit www.scarborough.gov.uk or contact Jane Groom at jane.groom@scarborough.gov.uk. The closing date for applications is Friday 4 October 2012.