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New Chair of Welcome to Yorkshire Speaks Up

New Chair of Welcome to Yorkshire Speaks Up

Published by Jon Burke at 6:30am 10th October 2019. (Updated at 8:44am 10th October 2019)

The new Chair of Welcome to Yorkshire says things will change.

Peter Box, who's Leader of Wakefield Council, took over the role on Monday, amid concerns the organisation still isn't being transparent.

It's claimed by Scarborough borough council Leader Steve Siddons that there's been far too little change since the investigations into the company, after the departure of its former chief Executive Sir Gary Verity.

The North and West Yorkshire Business Rates Pool, of which Steve Siddons is a member, has set down a set of conditions that must be met before any money for the company is released.

They are:

- Immediate recruitment of a new Welcome to Yorkshire board, with the interim chair arrangements, ceasing immediately.

- A public sector chair to be appointed and the new board in place before the end of the financial year.

- Recruitment of a new Welcome to Yorkshire Chief Executive to start immediately and the process to be publicly visible. Until this process is complete, Jacqui Gedman, Chief Executive of Kirklees Council, to provide Welcome to Yorkshire with strategic support and authority to draw down Business Rates Pool funding as required.

- The launch of a public sector led consultation over a period of four months about the future of regional tourism.

Peter Box has been speaking to Yorkshire Coast Radio's Jon Burke..





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