Richard Flinton

Chief Executive North Yorkshire County Council

NYCC covers the largest land mass in England providing services to over 600,000 people. The Council is one of the highest performing in the country in all areas - children’s services is rated outstanding in all Ofsted categories.  

Richard has been Chief Executive since July 2010 and has worked for NYCC for over 30 years - first joining as Trainee Trading Standard Officer. As Chief Executive, Richard has covered statutory roles of Director of Children & Young Peoples service and Health & Adult Services at different times during the last 10 years and has detailed knowledge of the council and North Yorkshire.

Richard chairs North Yorkshire Chief Executives group, North Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum and in 2014 chaired the Local Authority Delivery Group which co-ordinated the delivery of the Tour de France Grand Départ in Yorkshire.  He is also lead Chief Executive for Yorkshire & Humber on children’s services. Richard has recently been chairing the cross council implementation team to help develop and implement a new council for North Yorkshire

Richard was admitted to the College of Fellows (CoF) during the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) Conference in June 2016. He is Honorary Secretary of The Association of County Chief Executives (ACCE) and also lead officer for ACCE on finance issues. He sits as a member of the national steering group looking at future local government funding. Richard was also appointed to the Ministerial Sounding Board for children’s services.

Richard is married with 2 children and lives in Ryedale, North Yorkshire.


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