Troubled water for board

A RECRUITMENT drive to fill two vacancies on Whitby Harbour Board has been extended because no-one applied for the posts.

The group, established by Scarborough Borough Council (SBC), to manage the harbour on an ‘arm’s length’ basis had anticipated more interest for the post.

But with a lack of people coming forward the deadline for applications, which was originally 4 October, has been extended.

Whitby Harbour Board chairman, Coun Mike Cockerill, said: “People in Whitby care passionately about the harbour and its future in relation to the town’s economic prosperity – as a result we anticipated there would be quite a few applications for the vacant positions.

“Naturally, we have been surprised by the subdued interest, but would hope that by extending the deadline, we can generate some enquiries.”

A spokesperson for SBC said candidates looking to be considered for a board position, should be able to demonstrate ability and a proven track record in their chosen profession or other activities, such as community work.

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.

They added that candidates 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 harbour 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 has eight members in total – four are independent with local and specialist interests.

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.

For more information or an application pack, contact Jane Groom at or call 01723 232437.