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Secretary of State

Location: Northumberland National Park Board

Date Posted: 03 Mar 2017

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Closing Date: 22 Mar 2017

Northumberland National Park Authority, in conjunction with the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, is looking to recruit two new national Secretary of State members to join its Board.

These positions are appointed by the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and run for an initial period of four years with effect from 1 July 2017.

Applicants are expected to have a good awareness of the issues affecting National Parks; an appreciation of England’s protected landscapes and a sound understanding of National Park purposes.

Tony Gates, Chief Executive at Northumberland National Park Authority, explains: “This is a fantastic opportunity to take a lead role in conserving and enhancing the special qualities of Northumberland National Park and contributing to the future of its rural communities.

“Secretary of State Members play an important role in shaping the strategic direction of the National Park Authority and this is a particularly exciting time to join us as we prepare for the official opening of The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre on Hadrian’s Wall this summer.

“Northumberland has a history of leading from the front from experimental farming to piloting rural development initiatives and The Sill will throw a fresh spotlight on that energy and expertise as it aims to transform how people engage with landscape.”

Six of Northumberland National Park Authority’s 18 members are appointed by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. The remainder are elected by Parish Councils within the National Park (6) and Northumberland County Council (6).

Successful candidates will be involved in the governance and oversight of the National Park Authority at a non-executive level, encompassing key areas such as wildlife, archaeology, education, recreation, planning and communications.

Whilst the positions are unsalaried, an annual allowance is paid, along with travel expenses. Members are asked to commit between two and four days a month to Authority work.

In March 2016 Defra announced its 8 point plan, which aspires to put English National Parks at the heart of how we think about our environment and how we manage it for future generations.

The plan forms part of Defra’s wider ambition to make our environment the best in the world and involves the launch of a new 25 year Environment Plan later this year.

For further information about the role and to apply, please follow this link to Public Appointments on the Cabinet Office website.

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