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Search for New Visit York Chairman


10:59am 27th January 2012

York's official tourism agency, Visit York, has announced its search for a new Chairman of the Board, following the retirement this March of John Yeomans, who has held the post of Chairman for four years.

The newly appointed Chairman will play a vital role in developing the strategic direction for tourism in York and driving the growth of the visitor economy in the greater York area. Tourism in York is worth £443million a year and represents world class visitor attractions, a growing cultural and festival offer, as well as constantly developing accommodation, retail, and hospitality facilities enjoyed by seven million visitors a year.

During John's term of office York's tourism sector has celebrated several outstanding accolades including: Telegraph City of the Year; European City of the Year; Best Gastro Destination in the UK and Fifth Best in Europe; Britain's Most Beautiful City and Britain's Favourite Small City.  Visit York also scooped a European Excellence Award for 'Best Tourism Campaign' in 2010.

Speaking about the new recruitment drive, Gillian Cruddas MBE, Visit York's Chief Executive, said:

'This is a fantastic opportunity to make a real and substantial difference to tourism in York, building on Visit York's success so far.  We are looking to the future with confidence, examining our key objectives and core priorities and we look forward to working with our new chairman to ensure that York continues to develop its strong profile as a world class visitor destination.'

About the role

Visit York is looking for someone with stature and credibility and an enthusiasm and commitment to York who also has experience on boards and a strong business background. 

Along with 13 board directors and the chief executive, Visit York's Chairman will help formulate the organisation's strategies, objectives, policies and processes. As well as being a key spokesperson for Visit York, the Chairman will also work to build and develop partnerships and identify new investment opportunities. The role will be a fixed term contract of three years with a commitment of two days a month.

One of Europe's finest heritage cities

One of Europe's finest heritage cities, the City of York reflects 2000 years of history and in 2008 it was declared European Tourism City of the Year by European Cities Marketing. Visit York is responsible for maintaining the city's standing as one of Britain's and Europe's tourism hot spots, while also increasing the prosperity of its tourism industry.

Visit York takes a lead on the marketing of York as a visitor destination for both the leisure and business visitor. It is also responsible for the Visitor Information Centre at 1 Museum Street.

Applying for the role of Visit York Chairman

The closing date for applications for the position of Chairman is 16.00 on Friday 24 February 2012. Candidates wishing to apply should contact Julie Kelly, Office Manager, email <>  or telephone 01904 554455.  To find out more about Visit York, go to: <>  .  ENDS

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