Our members

Eighteen members are appointed to Northumberland National Park Authority to serve for a fixed term of appointment (may be renewable) made up of:

Six appointed annually by Northumberland County Council following their Annual Meeting (usually May) and any local elections.

Six national members appointed by the Secretary of State for the Environment to represent local, regional or national interests for a four-year term (maximum of two terms).  Liz Ellis and Marie Fallon were appointed on 7 July, 2020, replacing Mike Bell and Peter Murray

Six parish members are appointed by the Secretary of State for the Environment through a group selection process following parish council elections to represent the six parish groupings in the National Park. Three from the North of the Park (formerly the Alnwick and Berwick Districts) and three from the South of the Park (formerly Tynedale District).

Opportunities to apply to become a Secretary of State member are advertised on the Defra and Northumberland National Park websites when they arise.

Committees and working groups

Find out about our member's appointments and the committees and working groups they sit on.

Ms Jean Davidson - Chairman

Chairman of Northumberland National Park Authority; appointed 16 September 2020

Current appointment:  March 2018 – March 2022

Sits on the following Northumberland National Park Authority Committees and Working Groups 16 September 2020:

  • Finance and Audit Group
  • Sill Advisory Board
  • Chief Executive and Directors Performance Review Panel

Represents the National Park Authority on the following bodies:

  • National Parks UK Executive Committee
  • National Parks England – Chairs’ Group

Cllr John Riddle - Deputy Chairman

Deputy Chairman of Northumberland National Park Authority; appointed 16 September 2020

Appointed by Northumberland County Council

Re-appointed September 2020 – May 2021

Sits on the following Northumberland National Park Authority Committees and Working Groups 16 September 2020:

  • Development Management Committee (also Deputy Chair of DMC)
  • Chief Executive and Directors Performance Review Panel

Cllr Glen Sanderson

Appointed by Northumberland County Council

Current Appointment: Sept 2020 – May 2021

Sits on the following Northumberland National Park Authority Committees and Working Groups 16 September 2020:

  • Sill Advisory Board

Cllr Anthony Murray

Appointed by Northumberland County Council

Reappointed September 2020 – May 2021

Cllr Alan Sharp

Appointed by Northumberland County Council.

Current appointment: September 2020 – May 2021

Sits on the following Northumberland National Park Authority Committees and Working Groups 16 September 2020:

  • Standards and Appeals Committee
  • Finance and Audit Group
  • Sill Advisory Board
  • Authority Review Group (Deputy Chair)
  • Development Management Committee

Cllr Eileen Cartie

Appointed by Northumberland County Council

Current appointment: September 2020 – May 2021

Cllr Johnny Wilson

Secretary of State (Parish) Appointee – representing northern parish groupings.

Current appointment: May 2017 – May 2021

Sits on the following Northumberland National Park Authority Committees and Working Groups 16 September 2020:

  • Development Management Committee

Cllr Sue Bolam

Secretary of State (Parish) Appointee – Representing northern parish groupings

Current appointment:  May 2017 – May 2021

Chairman of Development Management Committee

Sits on the following Northumberland National Park Authority Committees and Working Groups 16 September 2020:

  • Development Management Committee
  • Finance & Audit Group
  • Sill Advisory Board

Represents Northumberland National Park Authority on the following outside bodies:

  • Harden Quarry Liaison Committee

 

Cllr Chris France

Secretary of State (Parish) appointee – representing northern parish groupings

Current appointment:  May 2017 – May 2021

Represents Northumberland National Park Authority on the following outside bodies:

  • Harden Quarry Liaison Committee

Cllr Valerie Gibson

Secretary of State (Parish) appointee – representing southern parish groupings

Current appointment:  May 2017 – May 2021

Sits on the following Northumberland National Park Authority Committees and Working Groups 16 September 2020:

  • Development Management Committee
  • Standards and Appeals Committee
  • Sill Advisory Board
  • Authority Review Group

Cllr Gibson is also the Historic Environment Champion

Ms Fiona Gough

Secretary of State appointee.

Appointed April 2014. Current appointment:   April 2018 – March 2022

Sits on the following Northumberland National Park Authority Committees and Working Groups 16 September 2020:

  • Policy Conference Lead Member
  • Authority Review Group
  • Finance & Audit Group
  • Development Management Committee
  • Sill Advisory Board
  • Standards and Appeals Committee

Represents Northumberland National Park Authority on the following outside bodies:

  • Northumberland National Park and County JLAF

Cllr Andy Saunders

Secretary of State (Parish) Appointee

Current appointment: June 2017 – June 2021

Sits on the following Northumberland National Park Authority Committees and Working Groups 16 September 2020:

  • Authority Review Group
  • Finance and Audit Group

Cllr Julian Morrison-Bell

Secretary of State (Parish) Appointee

Current appointment: June 2017 – June 2021

Sits on the following Northumberland National Park Authority Committees and Working Groups 16 September 2020:

  • Development Management Committee (Chairman)
  • Sill Advisory Board

Represents Northumberland National Park Authority on the following outside bodies:

  • Kielder Water and Forest Park Development Trust

Cllr Mark Purvis

Appointed by Northumberland County Council

Current appointment: September 2020 – May 2021

Sits on the following Northumberland National Park Authority Committees and Working Groups 16 September 2020:

  • Standards & Appeals Committee
  • The Sill Advisory Board
  • Authority Review Group

Cllr Purvis is also the National Park Authority’s Youth Engagement Champion

Ms Pippa Ross

Secretary of State (National) Appointee

Current appointment: September 2017 – June  2021

Sits on the following Northumberland National Park Authority Committees and Working Groups 16 September 2020:

  • Development Management Committee
  • Standards & Appeals Committee
  • Authority Review Group (Chair)
  • Sill Advisory Board
  • Chief Executive and Director Performance Review Panel
  • Finance & Audit Group

Mr Chris Mullin

Secretary of State (National) Appointee

Current appointment: September 2017 – June  2021

Sits on the following Northumberland National Park Authority Committees and Working Groups 16 September 2020:

  • Development Management Committee
  • Authority Review Group
  • Campaign for National Parks representative

Ms Liz Ellis

Secretary of State (National) Appointee

Current appointment: July 2020 – March 2024

Sits on the following Northumberland National Park Authority Committees and Working Groups 16 September 2020:

  • Standards and Appeals Committee
  • Equality Standards Champion

 

Ms Marie Fallon

Secretary of State (National) Appointee

Current appointment: July 2020 – March 2024

Sits on the following Northumberland National Park Authority Committees and Working Groups 16 September 2020:

  • Development Management Committee
  • Authority Review Group
  • Finance and Audit Group
  • Climate Change Champion

Represents Northumberland National Park Authority on the following outside bodies:

  • Northumberland National Park and County JLAF

 

Code of Conduct

Members of Northumberland National Park Authority follow an official code of conduct, the standards for which are set by government. These standards are monitored through Northumberland National Park Authority’s Standards and Appeals Committee.

Member Code of Conduct July 2012

If you believe a member of this Authority has breached this Code of Conduct, your complaint should be addressed in writing to:

The Monitoring Officer
Northumberland National Park Authority
Eastburn
South Park
Hexham
NE46 1BS

Email: [email protected]

The Authority’s complaints procedure for members can be seen here.

Register of Member's Interest

All members of the Authority are required by law to complete a declaration of interest form to register their financial interests – the Register of Interests. These include:

  • details of any employment or business carried out by them;
  • the name of their employer:
  • details of any Directorships;
  • contracts between themselves/their firm and the Authority:
  • interests in land in the area.

A full description of financial interests is set out in the Northumberland National Park Authority’s Code of Conduct.

A summary of the Register of Members’ Interests for the period 1 April 2019 – 31 March 2020  can be found below. This was first published on 04 July 2019.

2019- 2020 Register of Members’ Interests – PDF File

For more information about membership of the National Park Authority, please contact:

Corporate Support Officer Tel: 01434 605555
E-mail: [email protected]