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Head of Farming, Food & Health

North Yorkshire County Council
North Yorkshire
£50,183 to £58,380
Closing date
5 Jun 2022
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We are looking to appoint to the pivotal position of Head of Farming, Food & Health to lead the Farming, Food & Health section as the County Council moves towards Local Government Reorganisation in April 2023 and beyond.

Our Team

North Yorkshire County Council Growth, Planning and Trading Standards has an excellent reputation for service delivery and is at the forefront of trading standards enforcement.

The Farming, Food & Health section plays a vital role in protecting the farm to fork food chain and delivers a number of Public Health Service Level Agreements in respect to alcohol and tobacco control and the promotion of a healthier food scheme.

The role

As our Head of Farming, Food & Health you will oversee service delivery, be responsible for teams of managers and officers, and take the lead on ensuring effective service planning and performance management is in place across Growth, Planning and Trading Standards.

We welcome applications from those without the diploma in trading standards or equivalent, but who hold a relevant qualification for food standards purposes as defined in the Food Standards Agency Code of Practice.

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

Living and working in North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire is a thriving county, which is a special place for everyone to live, work and visit.

It is a stunning place with happy and safe communities, and excellent education. Over the past two years, the new national crime figures have revealed that the region has some of lowest crimes rates in the country. It is rich in history and culture, in a backdrop of outstanding natural beauty, vibrant cities, market towns, quaint villages, stunning rural and coast landscapes. We can also boast having three towns in the top ten of the UK Halifax quality of life survey.

In addition, the county benefits from excellent road and rail links, with easy access via the east coast mainline, the A1 (M) and A19. Leeds, York, Newcastle, Durham and Teesside are all easily commutable, and London/ Edinburgh just two hours away by train.

As a whole North Yorkshire offers a high standard of living working in a stunning location as well as great employment opportunities for your family members along with a higher proportion of schools, which are good or outstanding compared to national figures.

For an informal discussion please contact Andy Robson, Head of Matrix Services on 07816 813419.

To apply please click the Apply Now link below.



The County of North Yorkshire is the largest County in England and Wales. Within the county are 598 square miles of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, and 530 square miles of the North York Moors National Park. The county is included in the Yorkshire and Humberside Region.

Whilst the economy of the County has traditionally been dependent on agriculture and tourism, there is a fast growing high technology base and this, together with other forms of light manufacturing industry, is of increasing importance. The County Council has an active policy of economic development and the predominantly rural character of the County is highly attractive to high technology businesses as well as the traditional industries of farming, food production and tourism. The County contains several centres of great historic interest, market towns that invite light industrial development, the modern coalfield area in the South, scenic, lightly populated upland areas and the extensive lowland area in the Vale of York.

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0845 872 7374
County Hall
North Yorkshire
United Kingdom
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