Ellie Goulding: Love Me Like You DoiTunesAmazon

Ellie Goulding: Love Me Like You DoiTunesAmazon

"Vital" executive job at Harrogate Convention Centre vacant for 18 months

"Vital" executive job at Harrogate Convention Centre vacant for 18 months

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Lachlan Leeming at 5:21pm 18th June 2019. (Updated at 5:23pm 18th June 2019)

An executive role at Harrogate Convention Centre paying £60,000 a year has been vacant for 18 months due to a lack of suitable candidates.

  • A £60,000 a year job at Harrogate Convention Centre has been vacant for 18 months due to a lack of suitable candidates
  • Convention Centre boss, Paula Lorimer, says the role is "vital" but no candidates "of the calibre required" have applied
  • Earlier this month, it emerged the centre is "significantly under target"

A renewed effort to fill the centre’s head of operations position will be made following a decision of Harrogate Borough Council’s human resources committee earlier this month.

Convention Centre boss Paula Lorimer said the role was a “vital” one for the establishment, but a lack of candidates “of the calibre required” had led to it being vacant for more than a year.

She added that while senior staff at the centre had covered for the role in the meantime, they would now double-down on efforts to have the position filled.

She said:

“For a major events venue such as Harrogate Convention Centre, the head of operations plays a vital part in ensuring the successful running of our facilities.

“However, since the position became vacant around 18 months ago, we have been unable to find a suitable candidate for the role.

“Our head of operations position is a demanding one which not only requires specialist experience and knowledge, but also the ability to lead a number of very different teams.

“And while some of our senior management team have done an incredible job of filling in, we are now redoubling our efforts to find a candidate of the calibre required be our full-time head of operations.

“The Convention Centre is a large employer in the area but also creates jobs though its economic impact in the Harrogate Borough District.”

An advert for the position subsequently posted online said the role would pay a per annum salary of £58,778 to £61,882.

The job description states the head of operations will be responsible for setting departmental and individual budgets, as well as controlling expenditure across the centre and Royal Hall.

The role will also oversee the procurement of “critical tenders” at the establishment.

At an overview and scrutiny meeting earlier this month, councillors were told that the underperformance of the centre remained a “key concern” of the council.

However, Coun Pat Marsh told the meeting it was important that new centre director Ms Lorimer was given “breathing space” to improve the centre’s performance, following her appointment in January.

Email Icon

Sign up for exclusive news, competitions and offers.
Proper Local News updates from Stray FM

Newer article

Flat fire in Harrogate

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue are on scene

Older article

Plans for Hampsthwaite homes set to be rejected

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: 70 homes and a medical centre would "harm the rural landscape"

Top articles

Plans for 175 homes in Boroughbridge rejected

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: The development was planned for land off Leeming Lane.

Saturday jobs: Teenagers choose online work over traditional part-time work

National: Teenagers are increasingly choosing to work online rather than do traditional Saturday jobs such as shop work or paper rounds, research has found.

Daphne Caruana Galizia: Three men charged over murder of journalist in Malta

World: Three men are to stand trial in Malta for allegedly murdering anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, who was killed by a car bomb.

Is your home in desperate need of a makeover?

Lifestyle: Learn how you could redesign your house!

Steve Bruce named Newcastle head coach on three-year deal

Sport: Newcastle have appointed Steve Bruce as head coach on a three-year deal.

Andrea Camilleri: Italian author behind Montalbano detective series dies

Showbiz: Italian author Andrea Camilleri, famed worldwide for the Inspector Montalbano books, has died at the age of 93.

WATCH: First look at Disney's Mulan live action

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: In the remake of the animated movie, Mulan will try to bring honour to her family.

WATCH: 43 Minutes of Queen in the 70s

70s: The band's team have put together highlights of the their early career including some iconic performances.

Thin Lizzy slims down for a bit

70s On This Day: A big change for the rock band

You're being asked to Bake for Heroes

Charity Hub: TV chef is encouraging you join in!

Local school success in green poem competition

Family: To celebrate Stray FM's Green Month.

North Yorkshire woman taking on epic swimming challenge for charity

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: Jacqui Hargrave will swim Lake Windermere 'two ways' for St Michael's Hospice.

How clean is your air?

Home & Garden: Clean air day is on the 20th of June and we're being encouraged to check our homes.

Top Party Dresses for the Festive Season

Christmas: Local Blogger, the Harrogate Girl, picks the best frocks, gowns and outfits for the big Christmas parties of 2017.

"It's a fantastic place": Harrogate cancer centre celebrates major milestone

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: The Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre at Harrogate District Hospital is marking its five year anniversary.

Delve into deliciousness at Mother Shiptons Inn

Test pages: We sent Stray FM's James Stanley to try out the new menu at Mother Shipton's Inn Knaresborough.

Tour de Yorkshire host venues confirmed

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: There'll be no re-run of this year's memorable Tour de France stage finish in Harrogate.

North Yorkshire districts among best places to live in UK

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: Three parts of North Yorkshire have been named in the top ten places to live in the UK.

Beth Parsons leaves Stray FM

Stray FM Station News: A childhood listener who's dream came true is off to pastures new.


Are you going on an abroad holiday this year?

Trending in Yorkshire

Plans for 175 homes in Boroughbridge rejected

The development was planned for land off Leeming Lane.

Harrogate teen hosts Valley Gardens charity gig in memory of his dad

Rafe Colman-Chadwick's dad died from brain cancer six months ago

'Sorry' for bin collection chaos

The Leader of Harrogate Borough Council apologises for mishaps after changes.

Latest recruits join North Yorkshire Police

Samuel Ferguson is a new Special Constable.

More news...