Our Members and the Park's Authority

The Northumberland National Park Authority works with a wide variety of people to care for our beautiful landscapes. We try to balance the needs of the National Park, its people, landscape, wildlife and culture, with the needs of visitors who come to enjoy the area.

All of our members of the Authority serve on the Full Authority, where the main business is conducted. The Development Management Committee considers all matters relating to planning and consists of nine authority members. Members also represent the Authority on a number of outside bodies to look after the interests of Northumberland National Park.


Find out more about the Authority's responsibilities and how we operate.

Full Authority

The Full Authority also has a role to carry out scrutiny and audit to ensure that all activities of Northumberland National Park Authority meet the standards required to ensure compliance, sound governance and stewardship.

Standards and Appeals Committee

The Standards and Appeals Committee consists of seven members of the authority and was established, as required by the Localism Act 2011, to promote and maintain high standards of conduct by members of the authority; through adoption and operation of a Code of Conduct.

Scheme of Delegation to Committees, Officers and Groups

Click here to view the Scheme of Delegation which was updated at the March 2024 Full Authority Meeting; Scheme of Delegation to Committees, Groups and Officers – March 2024 – PDF File

The Scheme of Delegation assigns powers from the authority to committees and sub-committees, and establishes terms of reference for working groups and panels that can advise the authority.

It also delegates powers to the Chief Executive to execute business and take timely decisions within a policy and financial framework, and further delegates the powers of the Chief Executive to other members of the Leadership Team and other staff.

Public Speaking at Authority meetings

Details of the Authority’s Public Question Time Scheme are here.  Questions should be received at least 10 clear working days before the date of the meeting.

Read more information about our Public Question Time Scheme – PDF File.