Wallace Sampson, OBE

Chief Executive Harrogate Borough Council

Wallace joined Harrogate Borough Council at the beginning of August 2008 and has worked in local government for over 35 years.  He started with Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council and has also worked at Chesterfield Borough Council, Kirklees MBC, and Bradford MDC where he was Strategic Director Customer Services and Assistant Chief Executive for Regeneration and the Environment.

He is passionate about public service delivery and the need to work within partnerships to join up service delivery.  He has devoted his career to public service and over the years he has worked extensively with partners to ensure a strong focus on customers, residents, businesses and visitors to the district. This is reflected in a number of external responsibilities to Harrogate Council.  He chairs the Harrogate District Public Services Leadership Board and is a member of the North Yorkshire Children’s Safeguarding Board.  He is lead local authority Chief Executive in Yorkshire and Humber for energy and low carbon.

In March 2020 Wallace was also appointed to the Board of Harrogate District Foundation Trust Hospital as a Non-Executive Director.

Wallace was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List 2020 for services to business and the community in Yorkshire.


Wallace enjoys most sports but particularly football, cricket and golf.  Relaxation is best spent either at the gym or reading adventure/action based fiction.

Michael Burton Jason Longhurst